Lisa Hardman

by (Clinical Psychologist)

Dr Lisa Hardman is a qualified and registered Clinical Psychologist who completed her Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2000. She also has degrees in Arts and Honours degree in Science (Psychology). Lisa is a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Psychologists and the Victorian Branch of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy.

Lisa specialises in providing Cognitive Behavioural Assessment and Treatment and Brief Solution Focused Interventions for a variety of mental health issues. These include anxiety, depression, stress, serious mental illness, trauma, grief / loss issues, self-esteem issues, relationship issues, chronic health conditions and chronic pain management.

Since graduating, Lisa has worked for Eastern and Southern Public Mental Health services. She spent over 4 years working within a crisis psychiatric team and currently works for a Primary Mental Health Service. Lisa was also employed at a private chronic pain management clinic for several years and was able to develop specialist chronic pain management therapy knowledge and skills over that time.read more »

Managing Depression

by (Clinical Psychologist)

The word depression brings with it a wide variety of interpretations and definitions. To most people it implies a feeling of sadness, isolation or disappointment. Most people experience feelings of sadness on a regular basis but this does not imply they are clinically depressed.

Depression in a clinical sense means a state of emotion and thinking that is intense and long lasting which has a negative effect and interferes with a person’s day to day life and interactions with people around them. Research suggests that approximately one in five people experience at least one episode of depression in their lifetime.

Determining whether you are feeling sad, or in fact are depressed can be confusing and often requires the help of a trained professional. It is important to ascertain what has triggered the depressive or sad episode, and what is maintaining it.
It is important for people to understand what depression is and that it is nothing to be ashamed or feel guilty about.

Managing Depression - A Stay Tuned Sports Medicine Health Article
Depression is not:

  • A Character flaw
  • Sign of weakness
  • Lack of discipline
  • A mood that be just snapped out of

Causes of Depression

  • Herediatry – some people have a genetic predisposition to depression
  • Biochemical – different functioning
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