17 October 2019

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and FODMAPs dietary approach

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal (GI) condition wherein the exact cause remains unknown. It is characterized by recurrent abdominal pain, bloating, distension, cramping, flatulence, diarrhoea and/or constipation. It has been proposed that in those with IBS, the nerves that affect perception of intestinal stretching and motility, may have some disturbances secondary to interaction between factors such as genetics, psychosocial and post-inflammatory changes after GI infection. Diagnosis of IBS can be difficult as there is no structural, biochemical or physiological abnormality demonstrated in those with IBS. Thus, IBS diagnosis is based on symptoms reported. Treatment Pharmacological treatment for...

04 October 2019

Seeking Psychological support… World Mental Health Awareness

  When and why should you seek Psychological support ? Do you know that one in five (20%) Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year; with almost half (45%) of us likely to experience a mental illness in our lifetime? [1] The most common mental illnesses are depressive, anxiety and substance use disorder; with these often occurring in combination [1].  It is however more frightening to know that approximately 54% of those with mental illness do not access any form of treatment [1]. When should you seek Psychological support? Psychological treatment may be beneficial if you experience...