Dr Richard Wise | Clinical Psychologist | Melbourne, Australia

Drugs. Sometimes they’re not so bad. Image © 2020 Richard Wise.

People have been getting happily wrecked for millennia. Although the modern, Western world got hip to psychedelics largely after Albert Hoffman synthesised accidentally ingested LSD in 1943 (several years after he had initially isolated the compound from ergot), they’d been around for centuries prior, and had been crucial to the rituals and spiritual exercises of many cultures, often facilitating the religious or mystical experience central to these rites (Nichols, 2004). …


By Dr Richard Wise | Clinical Psychologist | Melbourne, Australia

The COVID-19 lockdown has heralded a new world of physical isolation: remote working, online meetings, eHealth appointments, and virtual strolls through arts and cultural institutions. Alongside these measures, necessary to halt the spread of the virus, has been a proliferation of mental health advice. Individuals, companies, government departments, and health organisations have all weighed in, nobody, it seems, spared the avalanche of tips, tricks, and strategies designed to ensure mental health and well-being during this catastrophe. …

Richard Wise

A clinical psychologist practising in Melbourne, Australia

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