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If I were a lumberjack would I have been OK?

If I were a lumberjack would I have been OK?

June 11, 2019

“Doctor’s experience chronic and unrelenting grief (often other people’s)” My messy medical handwriting means I can’t read the attribution, but I can say that, without a doubt, this is my experience I feel bad about saying it already. I have not had the kinds of experiences that warrant “chronic and unrelenting grief” in my own life but I have heard many sad and desperate stories from many mouths, and they are engraved on my mind, the despair of others making a shadowy backdrop to my own life.

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Life is like a barstool…

Life is like a barstool…

May 14, 2019

Someone I know once knew used to say that - “Life is like a barstool – the more legs it has the better.” Our careers are just one of those legs. If that is the only leg we have to stand on, it won’t be long before we come crashing down to the floor.

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Resilience enhancing drugs - good news or another can of worms?

Resilience enhancing drugs - good news or another can of worms?

April 30, 2019

Dr Rebecca Brachman from Columbia University NY is a preventative psychopharmacologist. Wow! That’s an interesting new concept. She is a pioneer in the field of developing drugs to enhance resilience and prevent mental illness. ….Dr Brachman discusses the development of what is referred to as a new class of drugs that have been shown in her research to prevent PTSD and depression in mice.

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Is it Burnout or just a yearning for another life?

Is it Burnout or just a yearning for another life?

April 16, 2019

Like most of us, I’m not very keen on the idea of aging - not when it applies to me or the people I love. Not aging the way most people think of it anyway.

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Exercise is not a Dirty Word

Exercise is not a Dirty Word

April 02, 2019

When I returned to work from maternity leave, I was struggling with weight issues and general poor health following a tough flu season. My mood also plummeted from over-work and family responsibilities. Being a clinical psychologist, I worked hard at cognitive challenging and behavioural interventions but found it difficult to maintain. One critical factor that enhanced the above-listed strategies was exercise. For the first time in my life, I began to exercise with a different focus.

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