Paul Valent

Paul Valent

MBBS, DPM, FRANZCP
Consultant liaison psychiatrist, psychotherapist, traumatologist,
Co-founder and past president Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies,
Writer.

What have we learned so far? (Corona pandemic)

April 30, 2020

  • What have we learned so far?

The corona pandemic has thrown our normal lives up in the air. How the pieces will settle is to a large extent up to us. Taking a look at how we got to where we are may help us choose a better future

Initially we heard reports from China and Europe of ever-increasing numbers of deaths. The pandemic was likened to the Spanish flu, the Second World War, even the plague and the Apocalypse

As infections and deaths reached Australia, we were faced with existential questions, such as do we let the virus rip through the community toward supposed herd immunity? But if in the process suppose ‘only’ 1% died, that would mean 250,000 deaths, which would almost equal three times the number of Australians who died in the two World Wars. Such attrition, accompanied by overwhelmed health workers who would have to decide who would live and who died, was unacceptable. Read more…

Letter to Child Survivors of the Holocaust in the Times of the Corona Virus

April 17, 2020

The current corona virus crisis has been likened to World War Two. For many child survivors of the Holocaust the crisis has indeed triggered memories and feelings from those times. The letter to child survivors mentions the similarities but also emphasises the differences between current and past times.

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Corona Pandemic; Taking Care of Our Minds

April 5, 2020

During this corona virus outbreak we must take care of our minds as well as our bodies.

I had a signal of the previous weekend. Normally the three generations of our family celebrate birthdays, tightly squeezed around our dining room table, with merry conversation and plenty of laughter. On Saturday we celebrated my granddaughter’s birthday in a park. No hugs or kisses. My arms ached to hug across the requisite two meters distance. Furtive glances. I felt like crying. What will become of us in the coming months? Read more…

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