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.

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.

Are you listening to podcasts yet?

Are you listening to podcasts yet?

If you have a mobile device and a set of headphones the chances are you already know how great podcasts are to listen to on the run, on the bus or even while you do the ironing! It’s a great way to get entertained and informed while doing something else. I mostly listen to podcasts (and audiobooks) when I’m travelling and usually, if I’m not driving, I can get some knitting done at the same time.

A story about a Psychiatrist’s clever daughter and how she saved his life

A story about a Psychiatrist’s clever daughter and how she saved his life

Psychiatry is ideally suited to videoconferencing but there are perils and pitfalls that become apparent once you engage with it that can be quite discouraging. Our guest blogger is Dr Zelko Mustac, a Sydney psychiatrist who has worked for many years in Western Australia and is very conscious of the difficulty of delivering psychiatric care to rural and remote areas. Here is his story:

PUFAs for Anxiety?

PUFAs for Anxiety?

Do you know what a PUFA is? I assumed at first that this was a new term for an asthma inhaler – new terminology does keep sneaking up on me like that! However, it turns out that PUFA stands for omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids

EVERYBODY can be happy

EVERYBODY can be happy

Have you ever spoken to someone and thought “OMG! I would be depressed too if I were in their shoes”? Of course you have! But have you ever met someone who despite all the bad luck and set backs has remained optimistic and been able to make the best out of what would be for others an impossible and unbearable situation?