How to spot a psychologist

FourFourFourTwo article Augusta Ga, the psychologist who helped to discover the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at the University of Melbourne, says her own experiences in the field are proof that the mental health industry needs to improve.

“It’s a very tricky area, because we are talking about a lot of different things,” she said.

“I’ve always had a problem with people telling me that they were able to change my life because of my experiences, but I’ve found that the truth is much more complicated.”

In my work, I try to work with people who are going through the same experience, but are not able to talk to people who have gone through it themselves.

“They are just not there.”

Psychiatrist Augusta Ga says she has had many cases of PTSD and mental health issues, but no one in the mental healthcare industry has listened to her article Augentas experiences of PTSD, which she has described as being “invisible” to many, and which she believes are caused by the “stigma of mental health”.

“A lot of people in the health field have this idea that you are invisible, that it’s just not your problem,” she told ABC Radio Melbourne.

“People are so afraid of talking about it that it gets invisible.”

Ms Ga, who is also a psychologist at the National Health and Medical Research Council, said the mental wellbeing of patients and their families was an issue, and that mental health professionals had a responsibility to help those suffering.

“Many of us are not in the public eye and people know that we can’t talk to the people who suffer from PTSD and depression and anxiety,” she explained.

“But there are so many other people that are in these situations that we are not speaking to, because the stigma is so big.”

We know that mental illness is the third leading cause of disability in Australia, and we know that in this country we are really behind other countries in terms of mental wellbeing.”‘

We need a mental health workforce’Ms Ga said mental health workers needed to have the right skills and qualifications, and were responsible for identifying and treating mental health needs.”

When you have a mental illness, it’s very hard to see that you have the capacity to do the job,” she added.”

You can have an incredibly difficult time making a diagnosis, and you need a support worker who can help you understand that.”‘

A lot to learn’As a mental wellbeing practitioner, Ms Ga said she had come to realise that many mental health clinicians were not trained to identify mental health conditions and treat them.”

There are a lot to do to get the skills to diagnose mental health disorders, but you can’t really put a finger on what it is,” she argued.”

Some people just don’t get it.

It’s really important that we understand what mental health is, what it means, and how it’s different to any other mental health issue.

“She said that the profession had a “big role to play in helping to educate mental health providers and the general public about mental health, and what it’s like”.”

I think we have a big role to take on in terms to teaching people how to recognise that it might be something that needs to be addressed,” she advised.”

Because it’s a complex problem, there’s so much to learn, and to understand, and in terms that we need a more diverse range of mental healthcare professionals.

“Topics:psychiatry,health,mental-health,psychiatric-diseases-and-disorders,mental,health-policy,healthcare-facilities,mentalhealth-organisations,research,australiaFirst posted April 01, 2020 17:33:34Contact Sarah PurdyMore stories from Victoria