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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. http://foundationpsychology.com.au 

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

Bigorexia & body obsession. Dr Ben Buchanan on ABC TV

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 [...]

Muscle dysmorphia explained

Do good psychologists work? Dr Ben Buchanan reviews

Log off social media and live, researchers say

With demand for professional help to "digital detox" on the rise, experts are examining our "addiction" to social media. Article published in The Age 1nd July 2015, by Katie Cincotta New research from the University of California at Los Angeles concludes that even in our downtime we are wired to be social, which may explain [...]

Bigorexia and Muscle Dysmorphia

Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas interviews Dr Ben Buchanan, warning that a surge in the number of men using steroids to enhance their bodies, and development of depression or eating disorders down the line.

How phone habits and social media drain our brain

Published in The Age 4th December 2014. By Katie Cincotta What social media is doing to our brain is akin to what it’s doing to our phones – constantly running in the background, draining our charge and making us less responsive. Social media has been accused of wiping away our table manners; diners seated with [...]