Pressure points: How one man conquered extreme stress

Stress relief coach Sandy MacGregor started out as a Duntroon-trained Vietnam War “tunnel rat”.

Inside enemy tunnels, MacGregor narrowly dodged death. But appalling disaster lay ahead.

In January 1987 his three teenage daughters and their friend were murdered at their mother’s Sydney home by gunman Richard Maddrell, a schizophrenic who was eventually found not guilty on the grounds of insanity. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald…

How to deal with workplace stress

Anxiety levels are increasing as economic pressures mount, writes David Wilson.

Has the recent financial crisis got you worried about your job?

You’re not alone.

Psychologists say the number of people feeling anxious about their jobs has surged as a downturn in financial markets forces redundancies in many workplaces and belt tightening in others.

University of Newcastle academic and registered psychologist Dr Melissa Monfries says since the credit crunch began she has seen a 10 per cent increase in patients complaining of job anxiety and it’s not restricted to any one profession.

Sydney work psychologist Tom Crvenkovic says one indicator of the increased incidence is clients making appointments before or after work .

Crvenkovic says fears about job loss can trigger disturbed sleep and depression. Other common symptoms of anxiety are a racing heart and accelerated breathing. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald…


November 20, 2008 – 11:52AM