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The Power of Authentic Connection

Author: DR PAULA ROBERTSON, MBBS, FRCPCH PAEDIATRICIAN Out of necessity, the COVID 19 pandemic forced many of us to make online and virtual connections with others, yet research shows that many people reported feeling lonelier and more isolated than ever. As social creatures, we know we need connection with others, but what are the benefits […]

Of Mice and Professors- Part 2

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin) Last time we discussed points from Professor Gerard Hutchison on our declined mental health post pandemic and the reasons for the increased violence and aggressive behaviour. Professor Hutchison is a professor in psychiatry with the University of the West Indies. He also works in the psychiatry department […]

Returning to School Safely

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin) When I was doing my internship as a doctor, we had rotations in general medicine, surgery, obstetrics, paediatrics, community, and your choice of specialty for a 3-month elective. These rotations gave you experience to convert the theory of medical school to the actual practice of being a […]

What are the Effects of the Pandemic?

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin) So, the pandemic had an obvious impact on our children. No face-to-face school for more than two years, only distracting online school where it was difficult to concentrate. There was also less sense of purpose. No waking up in the morning with the ritual of getting ready […]

How to deal with death?- Celebrating a life

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin) So, my stepfather died September last year, in the middle of the pandemic and the restrictions. The loss was much more for my mother, his biological daughter, and his siblings. I think him and my mother were together for over 40 years.   Although his death and […]

What are Comorbidities?

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin) Before the covid pandemic, the word comorbidities was not such a well-known word. Now it is repeated maybe at least 10 times a day and definitely on the nightly news when detailing the update from Ministry of Health as to the covid numbers. Comorbidities means the presence […]

How to manage COVID anxiety in children?

Author: DR PAULA ROBERTSON, MBBS, FRCPCH PAEDIATRICIAN We are living in unprecedented and usual times, with the recent closure of schools, social isolation and partial lockdown, with the temporary removal of a number of social activities outdoors. Added to this, there are repeated updates and almost constant news reports on coronavirus worldwide. In these times, […]

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