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In Two Minds About Work

In Two Minds About Work

May 25, 2021 Dr Jan Orman
Dr Jan Orman

Once upon a time I would have baulked at any conversation about retirement. Even a chat about superannuation would have given me a vague feeling of nausea. For me, both subjects carried with them very unpleasant notions – old age, senescence, incapacity and burdensomeness.


DSM (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association)  -	Where did it come from?

DSM (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association) - Where did it come from?

May 11, 2021 Dr Jan Orman
Dr Jan Orman

I've been reading about the history of classification of mental illness – especially in relation to the DSM – and I’ve learnt a few things that I thought might be worth sharing many of which I found in an article highlighted in my Medscape daily news feed.


The Sticky Business of Retirement from Health Care

The Sticky Business of Retirement from Health Care

April 27, 2021 Dr Jan Orman
Dr Jan Orman

A taxi driver asked me recently if I was still working. I hurriedly assured him that I was indeed “still working” as I was not yet old enough to retire – that, I’m afraid, was a lie!. What surprised me was the rush of emotion the question provoked and the amazing need to tell that lie. What is the matter with me?


Navigating the Unfamiliar World

Navigating the Unfamiliar World

March 30, 2021 Dr Guy Gordon
Dr Guy Gordon

So much has been written about fear, anxiety and stress in the COVID era. And I certainly can identify with much of it. For me, however, it’s a lot more complex than just these emotions. I find I don’t recognise the world today. Looking around, on the surface, it seems that not much has changed.


Contemporary challenges in responding to domestic violence

Contemporary challenges in responding to domestic violence

March 16, 2021 Victoria Rasmussen
Victoria Rasmussen

The complexity of the intersection between mental health, trauma and domestic violence poses significant challenges for health professionals. Increasing recognition of the limitations of mainstream healthcare systems’ response to domestic violence victims underlies the growing demand for trauma and violence-informed care.