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by Dr Jan Orman

COVID conspiracies – should we ignore them?

Like me, you probably spend a lot of time talking to people about how they feel about the COVID 19 pandemic, but do you talk to them about their thoughts and beliefs about it?

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Recent articles

Why should we be laughing?
Why should we be laughing?
Dr Jan Orman

Right now, most of us are a bit upset in one way or another. Some of us are very upset. Stress, frustration, grief, anxiety, sadness, isolation, loneliness, worry about the present, worry about the future – all these things are rising to the surface in a world that’s being held to ransom by COVID 19.

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Aging Well – a personal perspective
Aging Well – a personal perspective
Dr Jan Orman

At 65 and a half (yes, it’s come to that. I’m actually counting the months again!) I find myself reluctantly looking down the barrel of a shotgun labelled “old age”.  It’s OK, don’t panic – I’m not unwell. It’s just that my body hurts and people keep asking me when I am going to retire. What is that!

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Muuuum, I’m bored!!!!
Muuuum, I’m bored!!!!
Dr Jan Orman

Has anyone heard that or a variation of it recently? I’ll bet you have! Many years ago, before I had kids of my own, I used to hear my brother-in-law saying to his bored and whining kids “Come on then, I’ll give you a job. I’ve got plenty for you to do.”

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Being Well in Difficult Times- Zoe
Being Well in Difficult Times- Zoe
Dr Jan Orman

Zoe is a registered nurse working in theatres. She has elderly parents and a young son. How is she staying so positive in the face of CoVID-19?

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Being Well in Difficult Times - Sally
Being Well in Difficult Times - Sally
Dr Jan Orman

Sally* is the director of new urban private practice. She is a generalist psychologist & qualified teacher in her mid-forties with two ‘tween girls, and vulnerable (but fit) parents. Her clients include young children, teenagers, university students, school staff, NDIS young people, members of the LBGTI community and clients from EAP services..

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Being Well in Difficult Times- Elizabeth
Being Well in Difficult Times- Elizabeth
Dr Jan Orman

How would you feel if you were pregnant right now? It would probably add a whole other dimension to your concern. What if, to add to the puzzle, your work made you responsible for the mental health of others? Elizabeth* is a thirty-something school-based psychologist who is in the third trimester of her first pregnancy. This is how she is coping.

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Being Well in Difficult Times - Margot
Being Well in Difficult Times - Margot
Dr Jan Orman

It’s always helpful to hear how other people cope with life's challenges. Over the next few weeks we are dedicating the Being Well blog to a series called Being Well in Difficult Times. We've asked a range of health professionals 3 big questions to see if there was anything we could learn from them.

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COVID-19 and Us
COVID-19 and Us
Dr Jan Orman

Have you thought about what these measures are going to mean for you personally? Even if we avoid the need for self-isolation, we will all need to practice social distancing for possibly 6-12 months until we can all be vaccinated, or until we have developed immunity through exposure to the virus.

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Reframing Isolation
Reframing Isolation
Dr Jan Orman

I keep wondering about what we can learn from all these people who live in isolation or confinement. What strategies were put in place and what might the long-term impact of their isolation have been?

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