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Navigating the Unfamiliar World

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.

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Recent articles

Contemporary challenges in responding to domestic violence
Contemporary challenges in responding to domestic violence
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.

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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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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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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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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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Would learning something new wash your Acedia away?
Would learning something new wash your Acedia away?
Dr Jan Orman

Is Acadia running your life right now? Are you, like the solitary monks who used that term in the middle ages, suffering from the combination of boredom, frustration, agitation and lethargy that comes with physical isolation?

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COVID conspiracies – should we ignore them?
COVID conspiracies – should we ignore them?
Dr Jan Orman

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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Helping prevent suicide among Australia's Indigenous Youth
Helping prevent suicide among Australia's Indigenous Youth
Tiarnee Schafer

Suicide in Australia amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples occur at twice the rate of the general population. Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are at even greater risk, those aged 5 to 17 years, suicide is the leading cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

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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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