• COVID-19,  Israel,  Opinion,  Public Health,  Times of Israel

    After the COVID-19 pandemic, we will need time to grief and heal

    [Repost from the Times of Israel] February 2021, almost a full year after Israel confirmed its first coronavirus patient. Slowly but surely the world seems to brighten up a bit again: the virus mechanism is better understood, many knowledge gaps in our understanding of the pathophysiology (and treatment) of the coronavirus disease have been investigated, and worldwide vaccine programs have started up. Especially with the latter, a small spark of hope has been provided that there will be an end to the pandemic. And not just that, but the end might actually be near. We all long for this end, and for our lives to return to normal: to how…

  • Mental Health,  Opinion,  Psychiatry,  Public Health,  Times of Israel

    The normalisation and celebration of online gambling (apps)

    [Repost from the Times of Israel]        Recently, Israeli high-tech company Playtika made major headlines with their business success. Started in 2010 from Tel Aviv, Playtika is considered one of the tech stars of our Start-Up Nation.        Going public on Wall Street with a 17.11% growth on the first day of trading last Friday the 15th of January and with a market cap currently estimated at $13.052 billion, Playtika is now the 6th most valuable Israeli company trading on Wall Street. [Source]. Something that is highly celebrated in the media, portraying Playtika as a role model and ultimate business model for ”high-tech companies” to strive…

  • Mental Health,  Opinion,  Psychiatry,  Public Health,  Times of Israel

    The psychiatric stigma and ‘diagnosing’ our society

    [Repost from the Times of Israel] ”The problem we Israelis suffer from is a form of bipolar disorder – we are either extremely euphoric or experience so much anxiety we assume a fetal position waiting for it to pass, and that is not healthy for the soul.”        Those are the words that ex-director-general of the Health Ministry Moshe Bar-Siman-Tov used in a recent opinion piece — its topic further unrelated. Something that unfortunately appears to be common in our current day language: the use of diseases as a way of expression. Amongst these also psychiatric disorders: not only used to relate to the mental status of an individual, but…

  • Blog,  Mental Health,  Mindfulness,  Psychiatry

    The Power of Mindset

    Is the glass half full or half empty? Almost a cliché question, but doesn’t make it provide with a less true message. The way we look at things very strongly influences the way we perceive things. The question to look at a glass being half full or half empty is a way of demonstrating that every situation may be seen from different points of view, depending on the individual mindset. In general, one could say that an optimist would regard the glass as half full, the pessimist as half empty, and the realist would say the glass contains half the amount to fill the glass completely. But what does this…

  • Blog,  Mental Health,  Pop Culture

    Mental Health: Not a women’s right

    American actor Will Smith recently discussed his marital issues in an emotional video. In stead of receiving support, he mainly got criticised on the internet for showing his emotional vulnerability.  Why this stigmatisation? What would have been the reaction if he was a woman? We live in a society that unfortunately is still characterised by a clear divide between men and women. There are certain perceptions of what it means to be of either gender. To be a man is to be strong, masculine, independent, stoic. In one line, it is seen as unsuitable for a man to be emotional, or to seek help for any difficulties. Sometimes referred to as ‘silent epidemic’,…