Writings of interest for the general public 

  • Psychosis and Video Games Wednesday August 23rd, 2017 What can videogames teach us about psychosis? Why don’t people with schizophrenia take their medications? And how can psychosis possibly be regarded as beneficial? Share this:EmailLinkedInFacebookGoogleRedditTwitter
  • The Carer Appraisal Scale – a new way to communicate. Tuesday July 18th, 2017   One of the commonest complaints of mental health services is a perceived failure of communication between caregivers and clinicians regarding those with mental health issues. With this in mind, a ...
  • Elder Abuse – A National Legal Response Friday June 30th, 2017   I work in an old age mental health service. We have a patient, a 77 year old woman, who used to live in her family’s backyard in a tent. She ...
  • Euthanasia is not suicide. Tuesday June 27th, 2017 In 2014, Michelle Carter sent numerous text messages urging her boyfriend, then 18, to kill himself. Last week, a Massachusetts court convicted her of involuntary manslaughter. This week, the director ...
  • Grey Expectations Monday June 05th, 2017 My interview regarding the plight of the elderly in Australia. Share this:EmailLinkedInFacebookGoogleRedditTwitter
  • Mentorship – The Meaning of Life For the Elderly Tuesday May 23rd, 2017 I look after the mental health of older adults in the community. Despite common opinion, older adults are usually not more depressed – whilst physical deterioration commonly occurs, one is ...
  • Analysing Trump: Pitfalls and Professionalism Tuesday February 21st, 2017 No political figure has ever mobilised, and frustrated, the mental health profession as much as President Trump. Prior to Mr Trump’s inauguration, 3 professors of psychiatry called for a ‘neuropsychiatric evaluation’. ...
  • Does the President have Narcissistic Personality Disorder? Tuesday January 31st, 2017   Three psychiatry professors called for a formal evaluation. Psychologists and other mental health professionals worldwide are of surprising consistency in their interpretations. We have to ask – does the President ...
  • Breaking free of unhelpful fantasies about ageing Thursday January 12th, 2017   “Break Free” is a commercial created by German student Eugen Merher. Intended for Adidas, it shows a gentleman in an aged care facility who becomes obsessed with reliving his glory ...
  • The End – a short story about the apocalypse Monday December 05th, 2016   Awarded a commendation by the KSP Writer’s Centre Short Fiction Awards, 2016     “So, how exactly did Australia save the world?”   Bob stopped, the freshly opened homebrew just barely at his lips. “What, ...
  • Reducing Mental Health Stigma Thursday October 20th, 2016   My interview with Wendy Harmer on ABC702 regarding Mental Health Month – in 2016, stigma is less than ever. The message is simple – that which we used to think ...
  • We need to keep with the times when it comes to Mental Health Care Wednesday October 05th, 2016   At least 6 public awareness campaigns are currently running at the same time for mental health. This is a good thing.     http://www.smh.com.au/comment/mental-health-care-has-changed-and-our-attitudes-need-to-catch-up-20161005-grvii1.html Share this:EmailLinkedInFacebookGoogleRedditTwitter
  • The Role of the Father Saturday September 03rd, 2016 A famous study on parenting styles had two groups of psychiatrists being shown the same video clip. In the clip, a man is seen seated reading a newspaper, whilst his ...
  • So you have Alzheimer’s… Saturday June 18th, 2016 Hi, I understand you have Alzheimer’s. It’s important first of all that you let someone know that you’re reading this; because in about 30 seconds you will forget it. It ...
  • Personality disorders – the ignored mental health epidemic Saturday June 18th, 2016   Pancreatic cancer is well known as the cancer with the lowest profile. A poorly understood and minimally researched disease, its dismal prognosis has an aura of untreatability that is instilled ...
  • “Is it better to not exist?” Thursday May 12th, 2016 A new update in the Journal of Applied Psychology provides a rebuttal against the soundness of a theory that supports abortion. In doing so, it provides an interesting framework as ...
  • Nursing homes can be the best place to grow old Sunday March 27th, 2016 They get a bad wrap, but nursing homes are a better option than only having walls to talk to. – Sydney Morning Herald, March 2016   – 2UE Radio spot, 28th March ...
  • An Easter Message Thursday March 24th, 2016 The Easter bunny’s origin has been thought to be related to an ancient motif of three hares found in sacred sites throughout Europe and the Middle East. Thought to be ...
  • The Dark Side of Batman Tuesday January 26th, 2016   In the trailer for the upcoming Suicide Squad, the newest blockbuster comic book movie, Margot Robbie (playing supervillain and former psychiatrist Harley Quinn) announces to a crowd of apprehensive prison ...
  • Videogames – friend or foe? Tuesday January 12th, 2016 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 ...
  • The Santa Clause in Mental Health Friday December 18th, 2015 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 Share this:EmailLinkedInFacebookGoogleRedditTwitter
  • Euthanasia – the problem of capacity Saturday November 28th, 2015 I once had a 70 year old patient with recurrent serious depressive episodes leading to suicide attempts. She was a “professional suicider”, in that she subscribed to an organisation that ...
  • The Psychiatric Benefits of Halloween Friday October 30th, 2015 What possible reason is there to encourage kids to pretend to be witches and goblins and have them scare each other for one night a year? Naturally, for psychiatric reasons. Share ...
  • Mental Health Resources Saturday October 10th, 2015 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 ...
  • Suicidality can exist without depression Thursday October 01st, 2015 The Chairman of Lifeline Australia, John Brogden, shared an important message recently in the Sydney Morning Herald with “The national emergency we can no longer ignore”. As a suicide attempt ...
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Religion: The End. Sunday September 20th, 2015 It was shortly after the second mission to Mars that society finally ceased. It was probably 2050, although the date is certainly in dispute, when sexual perversion was finally eradicated. It ...
  • Tony Abbott’s Mental Health Legacy Thursday September 17th, 2015 It is important to be seriously concerned regarding Mr Tony Abbott’s mental health at this stage. It has been long known that mental health crises have an association with major life ...
  • The Challenge of Ageing Friday September 04th, 2015 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 ...
  • Art in Psychiatry Sunday May 03rd, 2015 Kyaga et al’s 2011 study “Creativity and mental disorder: Family study of 300,000 people with severe mental disorder” is one of a long list of studies finding creativity to be ...
  • Asylum seekers and mental health – a resolvable social problem Tuesday April 14th, 2015 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, ...
  • What the Germanwings crash says about mental health. Monday March 30th, 2015 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 ...
  • Why Doctors Commit Suicide Saturday March 28th, 2015 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 ...
  • The Psychiatrist as Priest Thursday March 12th, 2015 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 ...
  • Black Clouds After the Fires Tuesday February 24th, 2015 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 ...
  • Post Festive Period is Unrecognised Mental Health Dark Spot Monday January 19th, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Opinion Piece – did you know that Christmas isn’t statistically the worst time of year for mental health? The weeks after, however, are another matter. Post Festive Period ...