Psychiatry has had an unusual relationship with videogames – and despite several hundred studies on the topic, it is still not clear how and to what extent they influence the mind. Do they encourage violence? And can they prevent dementia?
What does mental health literature have to say about talking to kids about Santa Claus? http://www.smh.com.au/comment/lying-to-the-kids-about-santa-claus-a-psychiatrists-view-20151217-glpn0z.html
The Internet is rife with well-intentioned mental health advice, supposed resources, and many, many pitfalls. Much of the difficulty is the reality of psychiatry, in that the lack of objective evidence regarding psychiatric illness (save treatment responses and, in some
On the 21st of July 2015 at a Swiss euthanasia clinic, Gill Pharaoh, a retired palliative care nurse, ended her life. She had been involved in the care of several terminally ill patients, and had had a long and successful
A little bit of advice to those newly starting their medical careers… (Published in the Australian Medical Association Newsletter May 2015.) I had no real interest in medicine when I first went into university. This ambivalence didn’t prepare me well
It is difficult to maintain a consistent attitude, as a nation, to the issue of asylum-seekers. The extremes of “White Australia” are long gone since its final dissolution in 1973, however there is an ongoing fear regarding our vulnerability as
I was flying back home whilst reading about the loss of Germanwings flight 4U 9525. The plane I took had on board about as many people who were lost. Speculation regarding terrorist implications had by then rapidly given way to
This image – of an overwhelmed emergency physician dealing with the loss of a patient – went viral on the Internet. Trying to explain why leads to important considerations regarding how society behaves – and how doctors behave.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists recently ran their annual elections for college president. Perusing the biographies of the nominees, one stood out in that they stated they were a “committed Christian”. I remember thinking that this
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder following natural disasters – There has been a remarkable shift in how we respond to it, that has more than a little to do with common sense. Black Clouds After the Fires