Category Archives: Australia

Suspicious minds: The Truman Show delusion – All In The Mind – ABC Radio National (suitable for children)

In the past, people suffering from delusional beliefs might have thought that they were Napoleon or that the KGB was tapping their phone. These days, many believe that they’re the star of a movie or a reality television show, even when they’re not.

Joel Werner reports from New York on the under-recognised influence of culture on mental health. The Truman Show Delusion.

The episode recreates the creation of delusion in easy top understand form – even suitable for children.

Source: Suspicious minds: The Truman Show delusion – All In The Mind – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Blame it on biology: how explanations of mental illness influence treatment

“The “therapeutic alliance” between clinician and client is a key ingredient in successful treatment, responsible for better clinical outcomes and lower rates of dropout. Biogenetic explanations held by clinicians can impair the therapeutic relationship and those held by clients can impede their recovery.” Nick Haslam

Blame it on biology: how explanations of mental illness influence treatment

Call for Abstracts · TheMHS Conference 2015 · TheMHS Learning Network Inc.

Call for Abstracts · TheMHS Conference 2015 · TheMHS Learning Network Inc.

Abstract Submission closes Friday 6th March 2015

A structured learning resource for effective mental health peer work

Inner City Cadre Project (Sydney, Australia)

Funded by the Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP Salary Trust

A Community Project of St Vincent’s Inner City Health Service

The intention [here] is to provide a structured learning resource which will assist people to understand the requirements and skills for effective peer work.

Recovery from mental ill health is an individual experience which takes place in a broader social, political and historical context.

We are uniquely placed as peers to support people’s recovery in many different working environments. Peer workers support clients’ recovery not only through utilising their lived experience of mental ill health but drawing on the strategies they employed and skills they learned in the pursuit of health and wellbeing.

Peer workers bring their experience and skills not only to support and advocate for clients, but to collaborate and partner with clients and colleagues.

Australasian Psychiatry Feature on Psychotherapy –

Edwin Harari 2104 Ghost Busting: Re-introducing psychotherapy for the psychiatrist

Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this paper is to provide a clinically relevant historical and conceptual overview of psychotherapy as an introduction to a forthcoming series of papers on specific models of psychotherapy. The author offers a selective review of some key ideas in the history and practice of psychotherapy.

Conclusion: The principles of psychotherapy should inform all psychiatric practice, including the doctor– patient relationship, multidisciplinary teams caring for patients with complex or ‘treatment resistant’ problems, and patients who are non-compliant with psychotropic medication.

Keywords: psychotherapy, doctor–patient relationship, treatment resistance, psychotherapy and medication

Australasian Psychiatry 2014, Vol 22(5) 433–436 © The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2014 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav

Australasian Psychiatry – Signposts http://www.apy.sagepub.com DOI: 10.1177/1039856214546673

Ghost Busting: re-introducing psychotherapy for the psychiatrist

Edwin Harari Consultant Psychiatrist, St. Vincent’s Hospital Area Mental Health Service, Fitzroy, VIC, Australia

Psychotherapy (‘healing the mind’) is a particular type of interpersonal influence, wherein one person, acknowledged by society as possessing relevant skills (the psychotherapist) seeks to change the thoughts, feelings, attitudes, behaviours, relationships or personality of a suffering other (the patient):

If one posits that the relation between doctor and patient has been critically wounded, how are we to understand whether, and on what basis, that relationship may be reasserted ? AI Tauber

The pedagogy for engaging hidden values and divided selves is the moral building of the clinician as a full developed human being. A Kleinman

I do not favour the way Descartes ontologically screwed up a reasonable search for mind-brain docking during the past four centuries yielding life-denying monstrosities like radical behaviourism and an emotionless information processing cognitivism… J Panksepp

The possibility of intersubjective knowledge offers a welcome relief from a forced choice between pure subjectivity (Descartes) and true objectivity (Kant). EM Hundert

The outcome of the game is to convert what would otherwise be a nameless trauma into a loss. J Lear

As a general rule throughout Asia, the more patriarchal the society, the more the Buddha looks like a woman: the more egalitarian the society, the more the Buddha looks like a man. L Shlain

Psychotherapists, especially, appreciate [that]… this painful ambivalence is as old as the ice-age, a hallmark of Cro-Magnon man, torn between his craving for consolation and his fear of revenge. J Cawte

Each of the above quotations may serve as a conceptual signpost or creative condensation of the argument each of the authors’ advances in their respective texts which bear on the nature, subject matter and practice of psychotherapy.

Read more here

References
 Tauber AI. Confessions of a medicine man: an essay in popular philosophy. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002, p.103.
 Kleinman A. The divided self, hidden values and moral sensibility in medicine. Lancet 2011; 377: 804–805.
 Panksepp J. The self and ‘its’ vicissitudes. Critique of commentaries. Neuropsychoanaly-sis 2002; 4: 50.
 Hundert EM. Philosophy, psychiatry and neuroscience. Three approaches to the mind. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990, p.297.
 Lear J. Happiness, death and the remainder of life. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000, p.92.
 Shlain L. The alphabet versus the goddess. New York: Penguin, 1998, p.200.
 Cawte J. Aboriginal healing: psychotherapy in ancient society. Aust J Psychother 1988; 7: 14.
 Doidge N. The brain that changes itself. Melbourne: Scribe, 2007, p.216.
 Wolff HH. The therapeutic and developmental functions of psychotherapy. Br J Med Psychol 1971; 44: 117–130.
 Markowitz JC and Milrod BL. The importance of responding to negative affect in psycho-therapies. Am J Psychiatr 2011; 168: 124–128.
 Frank JD and Frank JB. Persuasion and healing: a comparative study of psychotherapy (3rd edition). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991.
 Kernberg OF. Severe personality disorders: psychotherapeutic strategies. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1984.
 Gabbard G and Kay J. The fate of integrated treatment: whatever happened to the biopsychosocial psychiatrist? Am J Psychiatr 2001; 158: 1956–1963.

http://thestringer.com.au/deconstructing-schizophrenia-in-australian-aborigines-9049#.VHQ3_YE_7qB.
In places where an increase in the incidence of schizophrenia has been reported, these can be attributed mainly to substance abuse (eg Drug Induced Psychosis). However, there are additional explanations for psychosis differential diagnoses. The most important of these is stress, and especially complex or traumatic stress – presenting as depressive psychosis in both its unipolar and bipolar forms.

Hunter Institute of Mental Health – DiG Festival

http://www.himh.org.au/home/events/dig-festival

The Hunter Institute will drive the integration of a mental health stream into the DiG Festival allowing business, education providers, technology providers together with young people, academics and experts from the field to network and share successes and idea’s for the future.

– See more at: http://www.himh.org.au/home/events/dig-festival#sthash.nLl5tpZL.dpuf

The Hunter Institute of Mental Health are excited to announce a new partnership with DiG Festival, with the introduction of a new major health stream in this year’s conference, to be held in Newcastle from 16-17 October 2014.

The DiG Festival is running a 72 hour sale on conference tickets at the discounted price of $99 for the mental health and suicide prevention sector.

To purchase $99 tickets click on the link below

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/dig-festival-2014-tickets-10300730763?discount=HNHD1GD1SC0N

Welfare cuts may leave 500,000 young people in need of emergency aid: Department of Social Services – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

This approach (withdraw support so the destitute need to come begging for the basics) seems to be an ideal formula for self-stigmatisation and alientation and the perfect approach storm for the developmental illness – perhaps we need a new term for this effect, perhaps “imperiogenic disorder” would fit…

Welfare cuts may leave 500,000 young people in need of emergency aid: Department of Social Services – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

QLD Homelessness Program Saves Healthcare Millions | Pro Bono Australia

Is this rocket science? Helping people as soon as possible saves millions! Let’s see if this can be adapted to mental health care, too. QLD Homelessness Program Saves Healthcare Millions

Map of the hundreds of Hearing Voices groups around the globe

INTERVOICE Networks and Groups – Google Maps.

For those with an interest in this approach to distressing voices (auditory hallucinations) and distressing beliefs (paranoia), there is a chance to participate in the fourth World Hearing Voices Congress 2013, next month in Melbourne