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by Dr Jan Orman

Working Towards Wellbeing – Mental Health Skills Videos for the Time Poor

Do you ever struggle with explanations around mental health interventions? Do you need to learn some interventions that may be useful in your own life?

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Boundaries
Boundaries
Dr Jan Orman

We are all familiar with the notion of boundaries in clinical practice – in fact, most of us have spent a lot of time thinking about the subject and trying to work out where our professional boundaries lie.

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The Sticky Business of Retirement from Health Care
The Sticky Business of Retirement from Health Care
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?

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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?
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.

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In Two Minds About Work
In Two Minds About Work
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.

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Surviving Another Stressful Year
Surviving Another Stressful Year
Dr Jan Orman

Because COVID is not over yet it’s probably worth our thinking again about how we can optimise the benefits of our downtime, as well as manage the stressors at work.

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Telehealth Fatigue
Telehealth Fatigue
Dr Jan Orman

My patients are loving telehealth. They love it so much that most of them are saying they don’t want to come back to face to face consultations. You probably need to bear in mind that my patients are long-term therapy patients that I know very well.

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Writing your COVID worries away - (with Andrew Gan and Dr Jet)
Writing your COVID worries away - (with Andrew Gan and Dr Jet)
Dr Jan Orman

COVID and all its attendant inconveniences (I guess some would say “tortures”) has forced many of us to revise our personal wellbeing plans and dig out some old strategies that we haven’t used for a while. It’s also made some of us realise that many of the things that we thought were just parts of our normal life were, in fact, wellness strategies.

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Who benefits from eMental Health?
Who benefits from eMental Health?
Dr Jan Orman

The answer to that question definitely depends on who you ask. Let’s start with the cynics and get them out of the way.

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Keys to prevention in mental health - Alexithymia
Keys to prevention in mental health - Alexithymia
Dr Jan Orman

I first encountered the concept of alexithymia when I worked with people suffering from eating disorders. Many people experiencing eating disorders have great difficulty identifying and naming their own emotions.

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