Terminal loneliness

Increasingly in the western world it is becoming normal to live and spend increasing amounts of time on ones own.  However a recent paper, reviewing the health effects of loneliness, suggests that feeling lonely and being alone, may in fact be as bad for our health as obesity.  Mark and I talked about this, and Read more

What depression isn’t

The tragic crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525 in the French Alps, killing 150 passengers and crew, seemingly caused by the deliberate actions of the Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz, has caused a flurry of conjecture and misinformation about the role of mental illness in the events.  Jessica Williams and I discussed this, and what depression isn’t, on Radio Read more

Nutters Club: PTSD

On the 22nd of March Mike King and I talked trauma on the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club”.  Our guest “Krusty” Pocock shared his story of surviving a terrible truck crash, and how he overcame his subsequent psychological trauma and depression. To listen to the audio of the show, it’s in two parts, click the Read more

Bad trip or bad science?

LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) has long been associated with the idea that it can “make” people psychotic, and cause other severe mental health problems.  However recent research has questioned this long held idea, and Mark and I discussed it’s findings on Radio Live this Sunday morning.  (Click here to hear the interview)*Correction: In the interview Read more

Poor little rich kids

We all know money can’t buy you love, but it seems that it also can’t guarantee your children’s happiness.  Mark and I talked about some recent studies on Radio Live today, specifically about the impact of growing up in upper middle class families.  The results aren’t what you’d expect.  (Click here for to listen to Read more

ACC overhauls sexual abuse care service

This article, and interview appeared on Radio New Zealand National, Tuesday the 3rd March, 2015.  Click here for the original article… The Accident Compensation Corporation has overhauled its sensitive claims service, with its minister saying it made big mistakes in the way it dealt with victims of sexual assaults. Before 2009, ACC accepted thousands of Read more

The Myth of the Midlife Crisis

The idea of men (and it is usually men in the myth) on the brink of forty leaving their wife, changing careers, marrying a younger woman and starting a new family is well embedded in our popular culture: but is it real?  Is there such a thing as a mid-life crisis?  Mark Sainsbury and I Read more

Nutters Club: Lance Burdett on Burnout

On the 9th of February I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club” with Mike King.  We had a great guest Lance Burdett, a very distinguished, now retired Police Officer.  We talked about his struggles with depression and burnout, and how he has overcame these difficulties. To listen to the audio of the show, it’s in Read more

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