December 11, 2023
#944 The Journalists’ Psychiatrist
What was the mystery illness that sent a young woman into Dr. Anthony Feinstein’s treatment room? How did her stroke-like symptoms lead to a whole new field of psychiatric study? What does it have to do with journalists working in conflict zones?
Jesse Brown
Host & Publisher
Caleb Thompson
Audio Editor
Bruce Thorson
Senior Producer
Karyn Pugliese

Usually when Canadaland does a story on reporters in conflict we’re talking to a reporter who has had boots on the ground, someone who’s dodged bullets in hot zones and has the scars and the PTSD to prove it. But not this time. This time we’re speaking with Anthony Feinstein a professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He specializes in the psychological distress of journalists. He treats journalists as patients, and he does research into the kind of psychological trauma that commonly afflicts them. In fact, he created the field of study focused on psychological trauma in journalists – it simply did not exist before him.

Host: Jesse Brown 

Guest: Anthony Feinstein, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

Credits:Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Jonathan Goldsbie (News Editor), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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