Catholicism & Buddhism: personal view

Brian Hennessy. An Australian in China. May, 2022 Time spent in China gave me time to explore the three main ‘religions’ of that society. I use the term loosely, because Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism (Dao) cannot be classed as religions in the Western sense. Briefly: Confucianism is a social construct; Buddhism is more a philosophy […]

Managing Depression: via neuroscience

Brian Hennessy. An Australian in China. January, 2019. Self-help information for expats in China who may have difficulty managing depression [sometimes associated with culture shock – see, https://ozinchina.com/2015/03/26/culture-shock-in-china/]. 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.    […]

Vietnamese Restaurant

Brian Hennessy. Vietnamese restaurant Once a tired old shop-front on an ordinary thoroughfare in an inner-city ethnic enclave, now it’s a popular little restaurant in a trendy part of town. Inside, large faux-asian paintings look down on a clutter of cane furniture supporting satisfied patrons indulging the evening away. Squeezed together in shoulder-rubbing, elbow bumping […]

On PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress

Brian (Chick) Hennessy. Vietnam vet. Ex 6RAR first tour. This is the last chapter in Brian’s book on Vietnam titled, The Sharp End: my war in Vietnam. See eBooks in the toolbar above for information.     On PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress. My opinion only. These days we know a lot more about how a […]

The Silk Road by train

Brian Hennessy. An Australian in China. 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 (click photos to […]

Culture shock in China

Brian Hennessy. An Australian in China. 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 […]


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.      Stress. […]


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 also […]


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, or […]

Ambush in Phuoc Tuy

Brian (Chick) Hennessy. Vietnam veteran. Ambush in Phuoc Tuy They were nearly on him. Padding slowly along a track leading from the Nui Dinh Hills towards Binh Ba further north. Sandals treading softly on the blood-red clay path, carefully avoiding the leafy decay on the fringes. Rifles at the ready. Faces peering into the night. […]

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