mental health

#264      28 min 31 sec
Hormones in a hurry: Uneasy passages through puberty and adolescence

Prof George Patton

Psychiatrist and adolescent health specialist, Prof George Patton, discusses why puberty -- especially early puberty -- and adolescence can be so tough, but how most of us survive the journey. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#262      36 min 30 sec
Vigor in the ville: Creating cities that promote health and well-being

Prof Billie Giles-Corti

Urban public health expert Billie Giles-Corti discusses how a rigorous, evidence-based approach to urban policy and city planning can help bring long-term benefits for physical and mental health and well-being. Presented by Peter Mares.

#246      24 min 21 sec
Where's your compassion? Generation Y and the new empathy deficit

Asst Prof Sara Konrath

Social psychologist Dr Sara Konrath discusses intergenerational differences in empathy, and how this important social attribute seems to be diminishing in Generation Y. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#229      22 min 37 sec
Less than us: Are people hardwired to dehumanize others?

Prof Nick Haslam

Social psychologist Prof Nick Haslam explains what it means to be dehumanised, and how people are capable of viewing and treating their fellow human beings as less than themselves. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#215      22 min 30 sec
Working stiffs: Corporatism and its impact on our jobs and lives

Prof. Peter Fleming

Organizational theorist Prof Peter Fleming examines how corporatism pervades virtually every aspect of the lives of the modern worker and suggests ways in which we can regain work-life balance. Presented by Jennifer Martin.

#207      31 min 56 sec
Happiness beyond retail therapy: A philosopher's view

Prof. Dan Russell

Philosopher Prof Dan Russell discusses the meaning of a good life and explores ways of achieving such a life. With host Jennifer Martin.

#205      26 min 30 sec
Someone's following me: Stalking, stalkers and their victims

Associate Professor Rosemary Purcell

Forensic psychologist Rosemary Purcell discusses stalking, the different types of stalkers, and suggests ways for victims to deal with unwanted attention. Presented by Jennifer Martin.

Episode 135      28 min 14 sec
PTSD II: Researching and treating post-traumatic stress disorder

Professor Mark Creamer
Associate Professor Meaghan O'Donnell

In the second of a two-part programme, psychologists Professor Mark Creamer and Associate Professor Meaghan O'Donnell discuss research and treatment considerations for post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, as manifested in military veterans and people who have suffered severe physical injuries. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 134      21 min 10 sec
PTSD I: Describing and diagnosing post-traumatic stress disorder

Professor Mark Creamer
Associate Professor Meaghan O'Donnell

In the first of a two-part programme, psychologists Professor Mark Creamer and Assoc Professor Meghan O'Donnell explain post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, its diagnosis, and how it's been viewed historically. With host Jennifer Cook. 

Episode 120      25 min 02 sec
Mental health strategies in post-crisis Sri Lanka

Associate Professor Harry Minas
Assoc Prof Daya Somasundaram
Dr Palitha Mahipala

Psychiatrist Prof Harry Minas, A/Prof Daya Somasundaram, and Dr Palitha Mahipala discuss the mental health landscape in Sri Lanka after decades of armed civil conflict and recent tsunami devastation. With host Jennifer Cook.