Depression: a neuroscience perspective

Brian Hennessy. China Australia Consult. December, 2018. A brief neuroscience perspective on depression derived from Alex Korb’s (2015) book titled, The Upward Spiral: using neuroscience to reverse the course of depression, one small change at a time. New Harbinger Publications Inc.  Useful information for expats in China who may have difficulty managing depression (sometimes associated with culture […]

On PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress

Brian (Chick) Hennessy. Vietnam vet. Ex 6RAR first tour.     On PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress. My opinion only. These days we know a lot more about how a soldier’s psychological health can be affected by his military service. Combat stress reactions have been described as long ago as the conflict between Athens and Sparta […]

The Silk Road by train

Brian Hennessy. China Australia Consult. September/October, 2015 Traversing the Silk Road by train in Central Asia. How does one condense so much ancient and modern history into one short article? A difficult task. So I will limit my observations to a traveller's general impressions rather than specific descriptions of the places visited. The Silk Road by […]

Culture shock in China

Brian Hennessy. China Australia Consult. DipT; BA; MEd; DipPsych. Psychologist All change is stressful, and although we may not think so at the time, culture shock is a normal reaction to change. It is not a mental illness, and with a little self-knowledge it can be managed successfully.  If we hope to adapt to life […]


  Stress   Brian Hennessy. DipT; BA; MEd; DipPsych. Psychologist       Content Stress is a normal part of life. What is stress? Warning signs of too much stress.  What happens if we do not manage stress? How can we manage stress? Thinking and stress. What is an optimum level of stress? Stress test. […]


  Depression   Brian Hennessy. DipT; BA; MEd; DipPsych. Psychologist      Content What is depression? Types of depression Signs of depression Causes Treatment Types of treatment   What is depression? Depression is a word that people often use to describe feelings of sadness which all of us experience from time to time. It is […]


  Anxiety   Brian Hennessy DipT; BA; MEd; DipPsych. Psychologist       Content: What is anxiety?  Good anxiety and bad anxiety  Symptoms of anxiety  Types of anxiety disorders  Causes  Anxiety test Treatment   What is anxiety?  Anxiety is a term which describes a normal feeling that people can have when faced with threat, danger, […]


Brian Hennessy. Cambodia. December, 2010 Cambodia. A place of smiles, Angkor Wat temples, and killing fields. The smiles are genuine, a reflection of natural Cambodian courtesy and honour; the temples are a cultural wonder of the world; and the killing fields a reminder of the dark side of humanity. Given certain conditions genocide can happen […]


Brian Hennessy. Laos. October, 2010 Laos. Once a forgotten remnant of the old French empire, later an impotent neighbour as North Vietnam poured troops through its eastern provinces along the Ho Chi Minh Trail into South Vietnam. As a result of this trespass, the US Air Force dropped more bombs on this thin slice of […]

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