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Raj Persaud in conversation - the podcasts

Mar 12, 2020

You can also listen to this interview on a free app on iTunes and Google Play Store entitled 'Raj Persaud in conversation', which includes a lot of free information on the latest research findings in psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience and mental health, plus interviews with top experts from around the world. Download it free from these links. Don't forget to check out the bonus content button on the app.

Did you know that research has found 40% of rail and bus commuters have faecal bacteria on their hands, suggesting not washing hands after toilet use is... pandemic. Psychological reactions to pandemic information can range from 'monitoring' to 'blunting' and there is even a psychological syndrome referred to as 'Flu Fatigue' when people become so overwhelmed with frightening messages that they start to become exhausted and ignore public health guidance. If you want to learn better how to handle elevated levels of hypochondriasis and anxiety plus the psychiatric and psychological implications of a pandemic listen to this interview of Professor Steve Taylor by Psychiatrist Dr Raj Persaud about Steve's new prophetic book (published a couple of months before the outbreak of the current pandemic). 

Given the description of this book below was written before the current pandemic this book is definitely prophetic!

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The Psychology of Pandemics

Preparing for the Next Global Outbreak of Infectious Disease

Author(s):Steven Taylor
Book Description


Pandemics are large-scale epidemics that spread throughout world. Virologists predict that the next pandemic could occur in the coming years, probably from some form of influenza, with potentially devastating consequences. Vaccinations, if available, and behavioral methods are vital for stemming the spread of infection. However, remarkably little attention has been devoted to the psychological factors that influence the spread of pandemic infection and the associated emotional distress and social disruption. Psychological factors are important for many reasons. They play a role in nonadherence to vaccination and hygiene programs, and play an important role in how people cope with the threat of infection and associated losses. Psychological factors are important for understanding and managing societal problems associated with pandemics, such as the spreading of excessive fear, stigmatization, and xenophobia that occur when people are threatened with infection. This book offers the first comprehensive analysis of the psychology of pandemics. It describes the psychological reactions to pandemics, including maladaptive behaviors, emotions, and defensive reactions, and reviews the psychological vulnerability factors that contribute to the spreading of disease and distress. It also considers empirically supported methods for addressing these more


Date of Publication:01/12/2019


Steven Taylor, PhD, is a Professor and Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He received his MSc from the University of Melbourne, and his PhD from the University of British Columbia. His research and clinical work has focused largely on anxiety disorders and related clinical conditions, including fears and phobias, health anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. He has authored over 300 scientific publications and more than 20 books, which have been translated into many languages. His books include Understanding and Treating Panic Disorder, Treating Health Anxiety, and Clinician’s Guide to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. He has also served as Editor and Associate Editor of several academic journals, including Behaviour Research and Therapy, Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, and the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. He maintains a clinical practice in Vancouver, BC, specializing in mood and anxiety disorders.