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All In The Mind is ABC RN's weekly podcast looking into the mental universe, the mind, brain and behaviour — everything from addiction to artificial intelligence.

All In The Mind ABC Podcasts

    • Life Sciences
    • 4.5, 445 Ratings

All In The Mind is ABC RN's weekly podcast looking into the mental universe, the mind, brain and behaviour — everything from addiction to artificial intelligence.

    Seeing when you're blind

    Seeing when you're blind

    Charles Bonnet Syndrome is sometimes called the ‘plaything of the brain’ for the blind and visually impaired. The syndrome isn’t associated with mental illness or dementia, yet people with it are able to ‘see’ things — like little wriggling children in pink and white pyjamas, or a goat riding on a bike through their lounge room.

    • 29 min
    Kindness, and Longevity

    Kindness, and Longevity

    We could never have guessed the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic would have on us. We’re all affected in different ways but the need to stay physically distant from one another has highlighted the importance of human connection, empathy, and kindness. We hear about the research showing that strong social networks will keep us living longer than any fitness tracker or superfood. And one man’s determination to promote kindness throughout the world after a family tragedy.

    • 29 min
    Electricity and the brain

    Electricity and the brain

    Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) has a chequered history, but its modern iteration is nothing like the scenes depicted in films like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Used to treat severe depression and psychosis, ECT's side effects include some degree of memory loss. We delve into the discussion around benefits vs side effects, and speak to three patients about their varying degrees of success with the treatment.

    • 29 min
    The anxious type’s guide to 2020

    The anxious type’s guide to 2020

    It’s hard to know how to look after your mental health at a time like this. But what happens if that’s something you were already struggling with, before the pandemic hit? 

    • 29 min
    The 'Grandma Benches' of Zimbabwe

    The 'Grandma Benches' of Zimbabwe

    In Zimbabwe mental health has become a very big challenge, yet there are fewer than 20 psychiatrists in a population of over 14 million people. To help create accessible and effective care, psychiatrist Dr Dixon Chibanda began a talk-based cognitive behavioural therapy called Friendship Benches: training grandmothers to become health workers for their communities. Presenter Kim Chakanetsa hears the grandmothers are having astounding results, and recent clinical trials found they are more effective than conventional medical treatments. Dixon Chibanda is also moving his idea online and giving the world access to a virtual Friendship Bench.

    A BBC World Service program produced for The Documentary



    Part of the ABC's Your Mental Health initiative, in partnership with Lifeline and Kids Helpline, to support Australians during this challenging time.

    • 29 min
    The psychology of nostalgia

    The psychology of nostalgia

    If recently you’ve been poring over old photos and reminiscing, then you’re not alone. Take heart in learning that nostalgic reminiscing may be an effective strategy to cope with isolation, and perhaps to combat anxiety. But it’s a paradoxical emotion because it can be both sad and uplifting.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

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445 Ratings

445 Ratings

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Great Content

I love this show for its stories, varied perspectives, and well-researched information. My only issue is the frequent re-releasing of episodes, which clutter my subscription feed and make me forget what I have and haven’t listened to.

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Thank you so so so much for making so many of these. I look forward to them for forever! Thank you so much for doing such a fun and happy podcast.😃😃😃😃😆😆👍🏼

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