Dr Helen Schultz is a registered medical practitioner and a consultant psychiatrist based in Melbourne, Australia.
Helen and I met via twitter (are you seeing a theme among my guests?), when my cousin James mentioned that he had read her fabulous book, How Shrinks Think. After I read the copy Helen kindly sent me, I knew she would be a fantastic guest for this podcast.
We talk about a heap of things including the stigma of being a psychiatrist and Helen’s previous [and completely made-up] “career” of being a flight attendant 🙂
Helen generously flew up from Melbourne to record this in my home, and I’m really grateful to her for taking the time from her busy schedule.
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What we discussed:
- living your authentic life
- what a psychiatrist actually is and what they do
- who sees a psychiatrist
- the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist
- the stigma of being a psychiatrist
- TV psychiatrists
- what happens when you see a psychiatrist
- you learn a lot about a patient by how they tell their story
- types of psychiatrists
- the challenge of getting psychiatric help if you can’t afford it
- the huge disparity of healthcare in Australia
- admitting yourself to a psychiatric facility
- how to respond when friends call for help
- unwinding after work
- when confidentiality can be breached
- using social media in the health sector
- how social media has benefitted Helen
- having a one-on-one visit from the Federal Health Minister
- following a conference on twitter
- is there a rise in narcissism? And what a true narcissist really is
- is the prevalence of mental illness increasing in our society?
- the importance of social connectedness
- pet therapy
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