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  • Coping with the 'pointless suffering' of COVID-19

    Coping with the 'pointless suffering' of COVID-19Coping with the 'pointless suffering' of COVID-19 FREE

    With the current COVID-19 pandemic appearing to inflict suffering indiscriminately, age-old questions have come to the fore, like “why do we suffer?, why do people die young?, is there any point to our physical and emotional pain?”. In his 2018 book, ‘Seven Ways of Looking at Pointless Suffering’, Professor Scott Samuelson examines the various philosophies of suffering and attempts to tackle these hardest questions of all. Here he talks to Dr Raj Persaud about the conclusions he has drawn from these theories, and how this may help us to cope with suffering at this challenging time. More...

    6/5/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical

  • Re-reading Camus’s ‘The Plague’ in pandemic times

    Re-reading Camus’s ‘The Plague’ in pandemic timesRe-reading Camus’s ‘The Plague’ in pandemic times FREE

    Albert’s Camus’s famous 1947 novel ‘The Plague’ has now come to the attention of a new generation of readers – those who draw parallels between Camus’s depictions of disease-ridden Algeria and the COVID-19 pandemic we are currently living through. It is the story of placid everyday lives that are suddenly, brutally disrupted by a virus: an existential reminder of the arbitrariness of life and the certainty and randomness of death. In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to the author of ‘A Very Short Introduction’ to Camus, Dr Oliver Gloag, about the impact this writer could have on our outlook and behaviour during these challenging times. More...

    5/29/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic

  • Obedience to authority – lessons from Milgram applied to COVID-19

    Obedience to authority – lessons from Milgram applied to COVID-19Obedience to authority – lessons from Milgram applied to COVID-19 FREE

    In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to Professor Stephen Reicher about Milgram’s famous ‘obedience study’ (Milgram, 1963) and the various conclusions that can be drawn from the findings. What does this, together with more recent research into obedience, imply about our willingness to conform to authority, and what does it tell us about our likelihood to comply with instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic? More...

    5/20/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical

  • Mental Health Tribunals: response to the COVID-19 emergency

    Mental Health Tribunals: response to the COVID-19 emergencyMental Health Tribunals: response to the COVID-19 emergency FREE

    It is essential that the rights of patients detained under the Mental Health Act continue to be met during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, during this period of social distancing the processes surrounding Mental Health Tribunals have had to be adjusted in order to keep all parties safe. In this podcast, Chief Medical Member Dr Joan Rutherford outlines the emergency measures that have been put in place, and provides guidance on how clinicians can continue to treat detained patients fairly and respectfully during this time. More...

    5/15/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Clinical,Professional

  • How do we lead effectively through the COVID-19 pandemic?

    How do we lead effectively through the COVID-19 pandemic?How do we lead effectively through the COVID-19 pandemic? FREE

    Now more than ever, there’s a need for effective leadership to guide healthcare teams and societies across the world through the COVID-19 pandemic. But how do you define good leadership and how can this be measured? In this podcast, leadership expert Professor Alexander Haslam discusses the surprising psychology of what makes a truly great leader, the importance of a group identity, and how to lead a team at a time of crisis. More...

    5/13/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic,Professional

  • Working with patients remotely

    Working with patients remotelyWorking with patients remotely FREE

    During this period of social distancing it is more important than ever for mental health clinicians to engage with their patients. Many are feeling anxious, stressed and lonely, while those with existing mental ill-health may be even more vulnerable. So now that we cannot, in most cases, hold face-to-face consultations, how can we continue to treat patients remotely? Here, Dr Isobel Heyman talks to Dr Raj Persaud about the current evidence base for remote working, and provides some practical advice on the ways in which clinicians can stay ‘remote, but not distant’. More...

    5/7/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Clinical

  • Ethical considerations arising from COVID-19

    Ethical considerations arising from COVID-19Ethical considerations arising from COVID-19 FREE

    Psychiatrists are used to dealing with ethical issues in daily practice, but COVID-19 has pushed many into unfamiliar territory and challenged us with new ethical dilemmas. In this podcast, Dr Steve Pearce and Dr Jacinta Tan talk to CPD Online Trainee Editor Dr Jennifer Powell about ethical considerations arising from COVID-19, including equity of access to services, personal and collective needs around prevention and treatment, potential changes to the Mental Health Act, risks and benefits of remote working and where to find support when confronted with COVID-19-related ethical dilemmas. More...

    5/5/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Clinical,Professional

  • COVID-19: Isolation and loneliness – is there a 'social cure'?

    COVID-19: Isolation and loneliness – is there a 'social cure'?COVID-19: Isolation and loneliness – is there a 'social cure'? FREE

    Isolation and loneliness are part of the mental health fall-out of the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine – but what are the most effective responses to this? Is there a 'social cure'? In this podcast, Professor Catherine Haslam discusses her research into the many health benefits of social integration, as detailed in her latest book 'The New Psychology of Health', and outlines how clinicians can support their patients in this important area. More...

    5/1/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Clinical

  • Psychosocial response to epidemics – lessons from Ebola applied to COVID-19

    Psychosocial response to epidemics – lessons from Ebola applied to COVID-19Psychosocial response to epidemics – lessons from Ebola applied to COVID-19 FREE

    In this podcast, CPD Online Deputy Editor Dr Howard Ryland talks to Dr Peter Hughes about his experience of working in West Africa during the Ebola outbreak. They discuss what comparisons can be drawn between Ebola and COVID-19 and examine the lessons we can learn from the psychosocial response seen in West Africa – from the perspective of patients, healthcare workers and wider society. More...

    4/28/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Clinical

  • Surviving the trauma: post-traumatic stress disorder in relation to COVID-19

    Surviving the trauma: post-traumatic stress disorder in relation to COVID-19Surviving the trauma: post-traumatic stress disorder in relation to COVID-19 FREE

    Surviving the trauma of COVID-19: what does the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its treatment tell us about how to cope with the current pandemic? In this podcast, Professor Jonathan Bisson talks to Dr Raj Persaud about PTSD and the notion of ‘trauma’ in the context of COVID-19, including the diagnostic criteria for PTSD and evidence-based effective pharmacological and psychological approaches for its treatment and management. More...

    4/16/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Clinical

  • The psychology of the virus ‘super-spreader’

    The psychology of the virus ‘super-spreader’The psychology of the virus ‘super-spreader’ FREE

    Like many infections COVID-19 can produce mild symptoms or none at all in some people, meaning they are not aware they are infected and can spread the virus without realising. COVID-19 may therefore be prone to the phenomenon of the ‘super-spreader’. In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to Dr Susan Campbell Bartoletti about Mary Mallon, the subject of her recent book ‘Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America’. Mallon was a healthy carrier of typhoid fever at the turn of the 20th century who resisted public health officials’ attempts to contain her. Can the first documented ‘super-spreader’ in history reveal true causes of modern pandemics? More...

    4/9/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical

  • The psychology of coping with quarantine

    The psychology of coping with quarantineThe psychology of coping with quarantine FREE

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many people around the world to enter a period of quarantine, but what outcome will this have on our mental health and how can we help to reduce the psychological impact? In this podcast, Professor Neil Greenberg talks to Dr Raj Persaud about how to cope with quarantine and the surprising findings of the latest psychological research on the mental effects of quarantine, as recently published by a group of mental health experts including Professor Greenberg in The Lancet – 'The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence'. More...

    4/7/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical

  • The psychology and psychiatry of pandemics

    The psychology and psychiatry of pandemicsThe psychology and psychiatry of pandemics FREE

    The World Health Organization (WHO) characterised COVID-19 as a pandemic on 11 March 2020 and countries around the world are putting measures in place to combat the spread of coronavirus. How do psychological factors influence the spread of pandemic infection and the associated emotional distress and social disruption? In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to Professor Steven Taylor about his recently published book offering a comprehensive analysis of the psychology of pandemics. More...

    3/24/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical

  • Schizophrenia: the glutamatergic hypothesis

    Schizophrenia: the glutamatergic hypothesisSchizophrenia: the glutamatergic hypothesis FREE

    Jean Théberge talks about the glutamatergic hypothesis of schizophrenia and discusses in some detail his study on longitudinal grey-matter and glutamatergic losses in first-episode schizophrenia. More...

    8/31/2008 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Clinical

 

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