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So far Ben Buchanan has created 51 blog entries.

What drives parents to kill their own children?

IT’S unfathomable, inexcusable, sickening. Published on on 16th April 2016 The act of killing an innocent child is something most of us cannot comprehend. But an average of 25 children are killed each year by a parent in Australia, with children under the age of one at the highest risk of victimisation. On Sunday [...]

Cosmetic Surgery & Body Dysmorphic Disorder Don’t Mix.

On ABC 2 HackLive TV show in March 2016. DO I HAVE BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER? - Do you believe you have a “defect” in part of your body or appearance? - Do you spend a lot of time checking this “defect?” - Do you hide or cover up this “defect” or fix it through diets, [...]

Social media addiction, Fitspiration & Pro-Ana – A psychological perspective

Social media addiction is a growing problem with young people, and the research indicated that the more time we spend on social media the more dissatisfied we feel about our body. Sometimes this becomes such a problem that young people may require a psychological intervention. At Foundation Psychology Victoria we specialise in such interventions. 

Bigorexia, Steroid Use & Psychology of Body Building

Why are some people fixated on their muscle mass? On HackLive TV show.

TV appearance on Body Obsession, ABC2

Screening as part of 'Naked As' Week, triple j's Hack host Tom Tilley moderates a live television event and social media experience to find out whether Australians are too obsessed with their bodies. #HackLive

Australia’s muscle obsession fuelling steroid boom

Article from Triple J's Hack Bryce's alarm goes off at 4:40am. His gym clothes are already laid out - the daily routine is set: a workout, followed by the first of his six meals - carefully weighed and packaged, to be eaten at exact intervals through the day. After work, it's back to the gym. [...]

Bigorexia & body obsession. Dr Ben Buchanan on ABC TV

Biased brain and body perception

My research has focused on the brain function of people who see themselves as incredibly ugly, even though they look normal. This problem is called Body Dysmorphic Disorder, which is a mental disorder that affects 1 or 2 people out of every 100. That’s five times the prevalence of anorexia! Not liking the way we [...]

The new year opportunity

As 2015 comes to a close I thought I would take the opportunity to wish you all the very best for the year to come. As you reflect on the year past I hope you’ll remember times of growth, fun and connection. The year for my work was a time of change. Starting my own [...]

Imagined imperfection

Most people feel self-conscious about their body from time to time, but if intense concerns about the way you look start impacting on everyday life, you could be suffering from body dysmorphic disorder. By Angela Tufvesson for Australian Unity. When Ennalies was 18 years old, she became fixated with her nose. But this obsession was [...]