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Episode 60 - Journalism, Journalists and Mental Wellness
Episode 59 - Psychiatry - Quo Vadis?
Episode 58 - Youth Self-Harm and Suicidality
Episode 57 - PTSD: Crime, Trauma, Justice & Healing
Episode 56 - Psychiatry in the Workplace
Episode 55 - Loneliness
Episode 54 - Childhood Sexual Abuse
Episode 53 - Sexual-Health-and-Psychiatry
Is sex central to our existence? Consider what your life might be like without sex. Sex is also political… and political ideology impacts health behaviours. What has sex and sexuality got to do with psychiatry? Joining us to discuss this are Dr Elna Rudolph and Dr Franco Colin. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 52 - Suicide-and-the-Media
The role of the news media in reporting events and reflecting social opinion serves to inform consumers. The question is how to balance reporting – providing facts without undue sensation. To discuss the media within the context of suicide reporting, we’re joined by Dr Frans Korb and Prof. Lizette Rabe. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 51 - Ageing
Ageing… there’s no escaping it. It has been said that youth is wasted on the young, but what is ‘young’ – a number, or a state of mind? Dr Lara Greenstein and Professor Carla Kotze are our guests. Jackie Maimin from the Independent Community Pharmacy Association then joins us to discuss the use of medication in the elderly. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 50 - Poverty and Mental Illness
Poverty is both a cause of mental health problems, and a consequence” (Knifton & Inglis, 2020). Prof Crick Lund, Dr John Parker and Danny Diliberto join us for this episode. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 49 - Trauma and Disorders of Stress
The term ‘trauma’ is very widely used, and the experience of trauma is cited as underlying a host of psychiatric conditions. On this episode, we are joined by Dr Kerry-Ann Louw, along with “Alice” from the @aliceandtheprof Instagram account, who shares her personal experiences. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 48 - Loss and Grief
Episode 47 - Bullying
As a parent, one of the more difficult and challenging scenarios would be to discover that your child is being bullied, or is a bully. The stereotypical image of a brute harassing your child remains, but in reality the phenomenon of bullying extends beyond childhood, and certainly beyond the playground. This episode features psychiatrist Dr Sandra Fernandes, and author Marion Scher. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
What's coming on season 4 of Beyond Madness ?
Episode 46 - Alcoholism and the 12 steps
Psychiatrist and podcast host Prof. Christopher Paul Szabo joins Gareth Cliff and the team to discuss the upcoming season of ‘Beyond Madness’. Prof. Szabo shares his concern about mental health in the workplace becoming just a checklist item. He also talks about mental health in children and common factors between case studies. Is medication the answer to everything? Check out all the episodes of Beyond Madness on CliffCentral.com!.
Episode 45 - Self-Help: A Means to What End?
It has been said that South Africa has a mental health crisis and that the solution starts with “educating ourselves”, specifically about mental health and various illnesses. That sounds like ‘self-help’… but what does it really mean? Prof. Dan Stein and Dr David Webb are our guests for this episode. Plus, we speak to Jackie Maimin from the Independent Community Pharmacy Association about the work they do. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 44 - Palliative Care, Assistance with Dying
‘Assisted dying’ involves patients with incurable illnesses, whose condition is not amenable to meaningful relief, such that their lives are – in their opinion – not worth living, and from which they seek an end. One of the arguments against legalising assisted dying in South Africa was that patients had access to palliative care. On this week’s episode we explore the specialised field of Palliative Medicine, and the psychological approach of seeking meaning in assistance with dying. Joining us to discuss this topic are Dr Julia Riley and Prof. Paul Wong. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 43 - Psychotherapy: When is Enough?
Are we living in an increasingly ‘therapised’ world, where the solution to every problem is therapy or counselling? Have we become a society where problem-solving within the context of our personal lives requires professional assistance? Provocative questions – with possibly no clear answers. Joining us on this episode to discuss issues related to psychotherapy are Prof. Suvira Ramlall and Dorianne Weil. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 42 - Chromosomes, Feelings & Gender
We are living through times where terms like ‘gender incongruence’ and ‘gender dysphoria’ constitute – for some – the beginning of a journey of ‘gender-affirming’ care, with all that it entails. In this episode, we go on a journey of exploration with Dr Wendy Duncan and Dr Elna Rudolph. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 41 - Religion, Beliefs and Well-being
A recent article in The Spectator magazine posed an intriguing question: “Is losing God making America miserable?”. The percentage of Americans believing in God has dropped from more than 90% in the period between 1944 and 2011, to 81% as of May 2022. The article further noted that depression and anxiety rates were at all-time highs. Association is not causation, but where do religion and our belief systems fit in to our lives… and are they necessary to live a fulfilled life? Dr Ian Westmore and Dr Lennart Eriksson weigh in on this week’s discussion. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 40 - Animals and Healing
The role of ‘companion animals’ in providing comfort for those living with mental health problems has been studied, with positive benefits demonstrated. Dogs are the most commonly used in these situations, but what about horses? In this episode, we’ll be focusing on Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) – with guests Sarah Garland and Fiona Bromfield, both certified Equine Assisted Therapy facilitators. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 39 - Mindfulness and Self-Awareness
We live in a world of distractions. Does one need to be an adherent of a specific philosophical approach to find inner peace? Or can one access it by adopting a way of being that might contribute to improved emotional health? Could ‘mindfulness’ be that way? On this week’s episode, we are joined by Dr Ella Brent and Dr Pete Milligan. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 38 - Mental Health in the Workplace
A successful business has many components. Increasingly, organisations are focusing on employee wellness, understanding that a healthy workforce is a fundamental requirement for organisational health. Whilst physical health has been an obvious priority, the importance of mental health is now more clearly understood to impact significantly on employee performance… and the health of any business. Professors Renata Schoeman and Karen Milner join the discussion. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 37 - Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
Healers are expected to heal, always. Patients (and their families) have expectations of being healed, always. Expectations. But what if the healer is depleted emotionally, physically, burnt out, incapable of giving what is expected – compassion, as part of the healing. Who heals the healer… and what happens to the patient? On this episode we are joined by Elmarié Du Plessis and Prof. Stoffel Grobler. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 36 - The Gut, the Brain and Mental Health
The gut and the brain are linked, and that link may be more than the gut simply sending a message to the brain after a meal to signal satisfaction. What if the gut was a brain, of sorts? What if your mental health potentially depended on your gut health… could the gut be the next frontier of major advances in neuroscience? We speak to Professors Sian Hemmings and Anwar Mall to find out. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 35 - Serotonin: What’s the Fuss?
Is depression caused by a ‘chemical imbalance’? Is the serotonin theory of depression valid? How do antidepressant
medications work? Does ‘Big Pharma’ influence narratives that serve their interests… and what about the patient? We speak to Prof. Michael Berk and Prof. Colleen Aldous to find out. Plus – we learn more about the Independent Community Pharmacy Association with their founding director and CEO, Jackie Maimin. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 34 - Body Image and Aesthetic Surgery
What motivates someone to seek out cosmetic procedures? Vanity? Perceived need? Or actual need? Is feeling
uncomfortable with one’s appearance not legitimate reason enough? What are the benefits, and the risks? To explore these and other issues, on this week’s episode we welcome Dr Gereth Edwards and Dorianne Weil. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 33 - Victims and Perpetrators
South Africa has one of the highest rates of femicide in the world. We speak to the father of a victim about the tragic event, and the criminal justice system. We discuss the issue of parole for perpetrators, the ‘victim offender dialogue’ component of the rehabilitation process, and the impact on the victim or their family. Our guests are Rob Matthews and Dr Gerard Labuschagne. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 32 - Abortion: Whose Life Is It?
The WHO reports that 121 million pregnancies annually are unintended, further noting that 6 out of 10 unintended
pregnancies end in abortion. The WHO further notes that 45% of abortions are unsafe, with a maternal death rate of unsafe abortion being between 4.7% to 13.2%. Aside from physical consequences, there may be psychological ones too. For this discussion, we welcome Professors Ugash Subramaney and Franco Guidozzi. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 31 - Traditional Healers and Healthcare
raditional healers… who are they, what do they do, and how are they involved in the lives of many South Africans – as
healers – outside of the formal medical setting? To dissect this, we are joined by Prof. Solly Rataemane and Dr Lerato Dikobe-Kalane. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 30 - Women’s Mental Health
: Does women’s mental health differ from men’s mental health? Is gender a critical variable, and does it play a role in how mental illness expresses itself? These questions form part of our conversation for this episode, where we are joined by two psychiatrists – Prof. Soraya Seedat and Prof. Solly Rataemane. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 29 - Depression: A Role for Ketamine?
Depression is a debilitating condition, and medication can take weeks to provide relief. Suicide is a risk, and potential
consequence. Psychiatry, as a discipline, has long sought a drug that might provide rapid resolution of both depressive symptoms, as well as suicidal thoughts. Could an anaesthetic agent, ketamine, be that drug? This week, Prof. Bonga Chiliza, a psychiatrist, and Dr Alan Howard, an emergency care physician, provide some answers. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave
Episode 28 - Living with Learning Problems
Keanu Reeves, Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg, and Richard Branson – what do they have in common? Success, fame… and dyslexia – a specific learning disorder. Learning disorders affect many people, with the specific problem often undiagnosed, and the person misunderstood, potentially marginalised. Joining us for this episode are Dr Wendy Duncan, a sub-specialist child and adolescent psychiatrist, and Natalie Solomon, a clinical psychologist. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 27 - Dreams – individual meaning or general purpose?
Have you ever woken up, profoundly disturbed by a dream and wondered what it meant? Maybe nothing… but the images linger. Maybe dreams don’t mean anything, but if they occur as part of regular sleep, surely they serve a purpose as part of normal bodily functioning? To address these questions this week’s episode features Dr Alison Bentley and Prof Mark Solms. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 26 - Assisted Dying
Have you ever had a loved one or friend with a chronic condition, suffering, with no prospect of recovery – and they spoke of wanting to die… wishing for an end to their suffering? What if it were legally possible to assist them, to grant their wish? To discuss the controversial issue of ‘assisted dying’, we are joined by Prof. Willem Landman, Dr Chris Verster and Prof. Sean Davison. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 25 - Living with ADHD
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a condition associated primarily with children, but is increasingly being diagnosed in adults too. The sufferer has their own challenges to face… but what about the parents, siblings, family, spouses, partners, colleagues, peers, and teachers? How do they live or cope with the sufferer? What role can parents play when a child has ADHD? Our guests this week are psychiatrist Prof Renata Schoeman, and educational psychologist Jessica Cheesman. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 24 - The Trauma of Loss
The loss of a loved one, friend, or even a colleague is never easy. Whether the loss is directly personal or not, it generally
gives pause to reflect… for thought about that person, their life, and of course our own mortality. What if the loss was a decision taken by the person in question – to end their own life, with their own hand? Every one of these deaths leaves an estimated six or more ‘suicide survivors’ – people who’ve lost someone they care about deeply, and are left with their grief and struggle to understand why it happened. Our guests this week are psychiatrist Prof Mark Goldblatt, and grief counsellor Mariska Nel. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 23 - The Psychology of Serial Killers
What is the societal fascination for serial killers all about? Who are these people who live amongst us, undetected, going about their crimes? What does it take to track them down, identify and apprehend them? This week we speak to Dr Gérard Labuschagne – a Clinical Psychologist, Criminologist, and an Advocate of the High Court with an interest in forensic and investigative psychology. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 22 - Youth and Social Media
As a parent, do you worry that your child is spending too much time on their smartphone or other electronic devices? Are you concerned that they are more connected electronically, than to you? Is this simply how it is developmentally, and are any concerns about the potential – or actual – negative impact of too much screen time just mainstream media hype and fearmongering? Child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr Brendan Belsham, along with social media lawyer and co-founder of Klikd, Sarah Hoffman, answer these questions for us. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 21 - Divorce and Child Custody
Why should a perfectly good parent inside a marriage be potentially less so, outside of the marriage? Custody seems to
equate with ownership of the child or children… is this true? It often seems that the terms “child custody” and “dispute” go hand in hand. Forensic psychologists Anthony Townsend and Giada del Fabbro weigh in on how to navigate this challenging issue. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 20 - Pregnancy and Psychiatry
Pregnancy can and should be a special time – not without challenges and discomfort, but ultimately a life giving and life
affirming experience where the birth of a child should add value and meaning. But what if it doesn’t? What if things go wrong for the mother emotionally? What if the pregnancy occurs in childhood or adolescence? This week our guests are Dr Carina Marsay and Dr Alexandra Maisto. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 19 - Living with Dementia
Do you ever forget where you’ve put things, or wonder what you’re doing in a certain room? And then you remember where you left what you couldn’t find, and why you went to the room you did – and smile at your own forgetfulness, and carry on. But what if you couldn’t remember? This week we speak to Specialist Psychiatrist, Dr Ryan Fuller, and Bev Cohen, who runs a support group for families of people affected by dementia. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 18 - Photographers in War Zones
Have you ever wondered what it must be like to earn your living covering war as an embedded correspondent or photographer? What happens psychologically to journalists and photographers who experience combat, without being combatants? We speak to neuropsychiatrist, Professor Anthony Feinstein, and UK-based filmmaker and photojournalist, James Brabazon, to find out.
WARNING: Sensitive listeners might find this episode disturbing. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 17 - Living With Eating Disorders
When one thinks of those who struggle with eating disorders, the sufferer comes to mind. But what about their family –parents, siblings, spouses… those closest to them? How are they affected, and what role is there for them in the recovery process? This week our guests are Dr Felicity Marcus and Dr D (Dorianne Weil). In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 16 - Smart Food for the Brain
Have you ever thought about the role your diet could play in promoting mental wellness? Is it possible to eat your way to
better emotional health? On this episode, we delve into the emerging field of nutritional psychiatry with Professor Michael Berk and Tabitha Hume. In proud association with Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave.
Episode 15 - Psychedelics and Psychiatry
Psychiatry is moving towards the possibility of therapeutic usage of what would currently be deemed illicit substances. In this episode, we speak to Prof David Nutt and Prof Christer Allgulander, about the emerging research and evidence for the use of psilocybin in the treatment of depression
Episode 14 - Alcohol and Psychiatr
How do we understand alcohol addiction and recovery? This week’s guest, Dr David Webb, is a medical doctor who works
as a rehabilitation counsellor – and he also shares his personal experience of alcohol abuse.
Episode 13 - Substance Abuse and Psychiatry
Our special guest, Dr Shaquir Salduker, joins us in conversation on the topic of the importance of substance misuse, and how it impacts on mental wellness.
Episode 12 - Understanding Pain in a Psychiatric
Dr Allers and Dr Pillay join us to discuss the importance of understanding the significance of pain as an issue for your
Episode 11 - Ketamine, where Anesthetics and Psychiatry meet!
Dr Alan Howard and a patient join us to chat about Ketamine, and its emerging place as a treatment in psychiatry for
Episode 10 - Problems of Living – The Daily Struggles we have in our Lives
Prof Dan Stein joins us to discuss the human condition and human suffering we all experience, drawing from his most
recently published book, ‘Problems of Living: Perspectives From Philosophy, Psychiatry and Cognitive-Affective Science’.
Episode 9 - Eating Disorders: When Food is the Enemy!
Well-known clinical psychologist Dr D (Dorianne Weil) joins us in studio to discuss eating disorders, and the impact that such
conditions have on sufferers.
Episode 8 – The Book with Dr Sean Baumann
In 2020, Dr Sean Baumann published a book entitled ‘Madness: Stories of Uncertainty and Hope’. In this episode, we chat about the book, and his reflections on contemporary psychiatry and patient care.
Episode 7 - The Role of Spirituality in the Healing Process
Prof Suvira Ramlall joins us to discuss how your spirituality can affect your healing process. We discuss the science of the
soul, and the connection between spirituality and identity, and how this affects our mental state.
Episode 6 - Genetics and Psychiatric Illness
Dr Kobus Roux and Dr Leigh Janet join us to discuss the role of our genes in influencing the emergence of different mental
disorders. For example, is schizophrenia caused by a single gene?
Episode 5 - COVID and your Mental Health
Our special guests Prof Seedat and Dr Fernandes join us to discuss the impact of the current pandemic on our mental health, and mental health resources. Has mental illness increased, or are we simply seeing understandable levels of distress to an abnormal situation?
Episode 4 - Stimulant Medication & Cognitive Enhancement – Is It Ethical?
Dr Renata Schoeman and Dr Chris Verster join Prof Szabo to discuss the issue of prescribing stimulant medication for
enhancing cognitive performance. Is it ethical to prescribe such medication – used to treat sufferers of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – exclusively for this reason, where individuals do not have ADHD?
Episode 3 - Mental Illness – Human Rights and Dignity
Dr John Parker is our special guest on this episode to explain the relevance of human rights in the practice of psychiatry,
which has relevance for broader society. The human right to participate in a functional democracy is a basic right, and this is discussed within the context of mental illness.
Episode 2 - Sexual Offending and Personality Disorders
Prof. Sean Kaliski joins us to discuss the dilemmas confronting forensic psychiatrists when dealing with sexual offenders…and whether or not to ascribe their offence to disorders of their personalities, or mental illness. The consequences of this decision has profound implications for the offender – namely whether to be treated or jailed.
Episode 1- The Practice of Psychiatry in a cross-cultural South Africa
Prof. Solly Ratamane joins Prof. Szabo to discuss whether Western psychiatry is relevant and applicable in our diverse African context. They discuss a role for traditional healers, and the need to consider integration of traditional healing into the contemporary practice of psychiatry.