We have had more mental health issues this Christmas than before, in a time which is usually renowned for its relative safety. What are we to make of a message of joy and happiness during a pandemic?
When considering ageing and mental health, it would not be surprising to regard ageing as a risk factor for mental health in itself. However, this is a misnomer. Research has consistently demonstrated that mental health issues improve as one ages.
The COVID pandemic has forced many of us into isolation. About 50 years ago, one of the largest sociological experiments of its time found that that may be a good thing. I write in the Herald about the evidence for
Even as we knew America was to fare poorly under the pandemic, expectations have been surpassed. Amidst widespread and rising infections, there is political rebellion at all levels of society, with armed uprisings. Wearing a facemask has been likened to
The commonest mental illness is anxiety, afflicting up to 30% of Australians at some point in their lifetime. Roughly a sixth of them have a specific phobia, often a fear of infection. For those who have been suffering in secret
https://www.routledge.com/Psychodynamic-Approaches-to-the-Experience-of-Dementia-Perspectives-from/Evans-Garner-Darnley-Smith/p/book/9780415786652 “This is an essential and unique book which courageously explores the subjective world of dementia. So many find too terrifying to contemplate and yet with this book as a guide, clinicians, but also families and carers, will come closer
This election, it’s important to remember the impact politicians can have on society. For example, the concept of the older person. There is ongoing debate regarding what constitutes an older person, but it generally centres around a magic number. In
My chat with 2SER regarding a novel study in the UK which altered mechanisms of deep brain stimulation to prodigious results. It is worth noting, as the podcast details, that the vast majority of OCD responds to psychological therapies and/or/with
Ageism refers to discrimination against older persons. It may not appear apparent that this could, let alone should, happen in healthcare systems, but it regrettably does. This narrative review outlines 15 studies that looked at attitudes to ageing amongst nurses,
Is it possible to put on a community engagement conference, provided free of charge to the public, involving major speakers from leading stakeholders in the ageing industry, in less than a month? That was the question put to the Faculty