The Anxiety Book
By Elisa Black
Since journalist Elisa Black wrote an article about her lifelong struggle with anxiety in March 2015, it has been read by hundreds of thousands of people. Clearly, what Elisa had to say found a readership far bigger than she could have expected - and with millions of Australians suffering from anxiety, it's little wonder.There is far more to Elisa's story, though, than one article can cover. In this book, weaving memoir with science, Elisa uses the stages of her own life to relate to stages in everyone's lives and the types of anxiety that may be experienced during each phase. She includes the latest in research and other scientific information about anxiety, its causes and treatment. Elisa's story will inspire fellow anxiety sufferers to believe that there is a way to manage their condition and live more freely. From her own experience she also offers hope that anxiety does not have to dominate a life, or even dent it - it can be managed and conquered.
Ask Me About My Uterus
By Abby Norman
Faced with a cascade of un-diagnosable symptoms, a young college student is compelled to trade her textbooks for medical journals and dance classes for doctor's offices as she strives to find answers and to advocate for recognition of women's pain.One otherwise uneventful morning, Abby Norman woke up and went to take a shower. Out of nowhere, she was struck down by an excruciating, nauseating pain and collapsed on the bathroom floor.Unable, perhaps at times even unwilling, to diagnose her symptoms and take her pain seriously, doctors suggested Norman's condition was "all in her head." Although she was vaguely aware of the fraught relationship between women's bodies and the male-dominated medical profession--from Dr. Freud and Dora to Dr. Wilbur and Sybil--Norman trusted their assessment and turned her examination inward.Still, the physical pain persisted. When she was eventually diagnosed with endometriosis, she thought she'd found the answer. But then an even more unusual medical condition befell her that had nothing to do with her reproductive system. When the doctors were once again mystified-or just downright unsympathetic-Norman realized the fight had only just begun.Combining her findings from medical research past and present, interviews with experts and patients, and a hearty dose of pop culture appreciation, Norman takes readers on a journey by turns infuriating, humorous and inspiring. Putting her own misadventures into a broader historical, sociocultural, and political context, Norman shows that women's bodies have long been the battleground of a never-ending war for power, control, medical knowledge and truth. And that it's time to refute the belief that being a woman is a pre-existing condition.
By Graham Easton
Despite the modern trend towards empowering patients and giving them more choice, the nuts and bolts of medical practice largely remain a mystery - a closed box. In fact, the more health information is available on the internet, the more patients can feel swamped and confused. The Appointment offers an intimate and honest account of how a typical GP tries to make sense of a patient's health problems and manage them within the constraints of their health system and the short ten minute appointment. We have always been fascinated by our own health but in recent years, especially for older people, seeing the GP has become a regular activity. In the past decade the average number of times a patient visits his or her GP has almost doubled. Despite this increasing demand, getting to see a GP is not always easy so those intimate ten minutes with the doctor are extremely precious, and there's more than ever to cram in. Taking the reader through a typical morning surgery, The Appointment shines a light onto what is really going on in those central ten minutes and lets the reader, for the first time, get inside the mind of the person sitting in front of them - the professional they rely on to look after their health. Experienced GP Dr Graham Easton shows how GPs really think, lays bare their professional strengths and weaknesses, and exposes what really influences their decisions about their patients' health.
All Joy and No Fun
By Jennifer Senior
Award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior tries to tackle the issue of the effects of children on their parents, isolating and analyzing the many ways in which children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. She argues that changes in the last half-century have radically altered the roles of today's mothers and fathers, making their mandates at once more complex and far less clear.Recruiting from a wide variety of sources - in history, sociology, economics, psychology, philosophy, and anthropology - she dissects both the timeless strains of parenting and the ones that are brand new, and then brings her research to life in the homes of ordinary parents around the country. The result is an unforgettable series of family portraits, starting with parents of young children and progressing to parents of teens. Through lively and accessible storytelling, Senior follows these mothers and fathers as they wrestle with some of parenthood's deepest vexations - and luxuriate in some of its finest rewards.All Joy and No Fun makes us reconsider some of our culture's most basic beliefs about parenthood, all while illuminating the profound ways children deepen and add purpose to our lives. All Joy and No Fun is original and essential reading for mothers and fathers of today - and tomorrow.
A-Z Of Wedding Wisdom
By Suzan St Maur
Planning and organising your wedding is quite a challenge, especially for today's busy brides and grooms. The good news is that many people have been there, done it and got the T-shirt Sharing their experience can save you a vast amount of time, money, energy and sanity when it comes to your own Big Day. In this book Suzan St Maur has gathered together many years' worth of wedding wisdom from wedding planners, wedding suppliers, and married folks themselves: experiences, expert advice, shortcuts, tips, and much more. No matter how complex your wedding is going to be, the advice you'll find in this book is priceless. In easy-to-read, easy-to-reference encyclopaedic style, Suzan covers all the usual - and the more unusual - issues you may have to deal with when planning your wedding. Here are just a few: Parents, step-parents, adoptive/birth parents * Brothers, sisters, step-siblings * Aunts, uncles, grandparents and other key relatives * The best man, chief bridesmaid and other bridal attendants * Speeches * Guest lists * Receptions * Table seating plans * Different religions * Different races/cultures * Gay and lesbian weddings * Finances and paying the bills.Acknowledgements; About the Author; Introduction; Alcohol; Animals at Weddings; Best Man and Ushers; Bridal Showers; Bridesmaids, Flower Girls and Pages; Bride's Dress, Hair and Make-Up; Bridesmaids' Dresses; Cakes; Cars; Caterers; Children; Churches, Synagogues and Other Religious Venues; Civil Partnerships; Civil Weddings; Comfort Breaks; Confetti; Confetti, green; Decorations; Destination Weddings; Directions and Parking; Double Weddings; Dress Code; Elopement; Entertainment; Ex-Partners; Fathers; Finances and Budgeting; Flower Girls; Flowers; Food and Drink; Gifts and Gift Lists; Girlfriends, Bride's; Groom; Groom's Clothes; Guests; Hairstyles; Honeymoons; Horse-Drawn Vehicles; Inter-Faith Weddings; Invitations; Marquees; Mothers; Mothers-in-Law; Mothers' Outfits; Music; Names; Nerves and Stress; Outdoor Weddings; Pages; Parents and Step-Parents; Photography; Postponement or Cancellation; Pregnancy; Pre-Nuptial Agreements; Reception Lines; Register Offices; Rehearsals and Rehearsal Dinners; Relatives, Other; Rings; Seating Plans; Second Marriages; Siblings; Speeches; Stag and Hen Nights; Stationery; Superstitions; Ushers; Venues; Videography; Wedding Insurance; Wedding Lists; Wedding Planners; Wedding Websites and Weblogs; Who Pays What?; Zero Hour... Disaster Recovery Tips!; Bibliography; Index.
Ask Me About My Divorce
By Candace Walsh
It's time to get past the idea that divorce equals failure. Sure, it may not be what you had in mind when you walked down the aisle, but if it's the escape hatch into a better life, it should be filled with more promise. It can be celebrated. Ask Me About My Divorce is a spicy, fun, riveting collection of essays by women from all walks of life. With the unifying thread "I got divorced, and the world came into view," the words within will make readers laugh, cry, nod their heads, and feel inspired to do what they need to for themselves. These aren't stories from women tiptoeing around a difficult subject , they're about the ways divorce can be, in fact, a new lease on life.
The Attachment Connection
By Ruth Newton
Despite what some current child-development fads may claim, a child's future cognitive ability depends more on the emotional attunement between the parent and child than it does on cognitive stimulation, such as instructional flashcards or videos. Secure attachment gives kids a head start on development; they grow into well-adjusted, emotionally and psychologically stable, and resilient adults. This book looks at the biology of attachment theory: How does parent/child attunement affect the growth and development of the baby's brain and social and emotional functions?This book teaches parents to understand how their child's brain is developing at each stage of growth, how to foster social skills, and how attunement to their babies' needs offers parents the basic building blocks to raise a healthy, securely attached child. By understanding the role of secure attachment and affect regulation in development, parents of children age birth to 5 will learn how to create a secure environment so that their child can grow into their fullest potential.
After Your Divorce
By Cynthia Macgregor, Robert Alberti
It's over. The divorce is final, your ex is out of your house and-mostly-out of your life. Now what? Are you ready to get on with your life? Do you have dreams, plans, skills, energy for what comes next? And will you be making it happen, or letting it happen? MacGregor and Alberti have prepared a friendly, straightforward manual of advice and suggestions that assumes every woman is capable of handling life on her own. Help for emotional recovery (MacGregor is a "survivor," Alberti is a psychologist), practical matters (finances, home maintenance), dealing with your ex, helping your children to cope ("we didn't divorce you!"), and much, much more.