If I were a lumberjack would I have been OK?

If I were a lumberjack would I have been OK?

“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.

Menopause and Depression – who and why?

Menopause and Depression – who and why?

In the Dealing with Depression workshop we talk about gender differences for depression, noting that women have a higher incidence of depression than men. While some of this difference may be explained by the way we screen for and diagnose depression, there are also likely to be biological differences. Depression associated with hormonal changes is commonly seen in women – premenstrual dysphoric disorder, postnatal depression, and perimenopausal mood changes are issues regularly dealt with in a general practice setting.

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

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

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.

Exercise is not a Dirty Word

Exercise is not a Dirty Word

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.