Does cannabis cause psychosis?

This is my recent column in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital "Premium" edition every Thursday... Psychotherapist Kyle MacDonald on a question that divides people, creates fear, and sows misinformation. As the debate continues to heat up around cannabis legalisation, the facts start to go missing. Arguments get simplified, sides get Read More >

The Cafe: Kiwi Men and Alcohol

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This is my recent column in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital "Premium" edition every Thursday... In the case of Anita Cumming, the Dunedin woman suffering from OCD and jailed for abusing her mother, Kyle MacDonald asks if the interest in her plight is a case of entertainment trumping our compassion Read More >

On the 30th of June Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We talked with guest Dennis who shared his story of learning to live with the often misunderstood diagnosis of schizophrenia, as well as the positive impacts of peer to peer support. With thanks to NZ on Air. To listen Read More >

Real Life with John Cowan

So this was fun, being on the other side of the microphone talking therapy, mental health and politics with John Cowan. Even managed to get “Negative Creep” by Nirvana played on NewstalkZB.   Read More >

Hosking, Swarbrick and a fear of change

This is my recent column in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital "Premium" edition every Thursday... Kyle MacDonald discusses the psychology of what makes people afraid of change. Last week one of our senior broadcasters did a pretty good impression of the grumpy conservative uncle at the family gathering. Mike Hosking Read More >

On the 23rd of June Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We talked with guest Tuala who shared his journey of arriving in New Zealand and being isolated and bullied for not speaking English, finding brotherhood in a gang, feeling hopeless and unable to support his family, attempting suicide and Read More >

What Kanye West has right about mental health

This is my recent column in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital "Premium" edition every Thursday... Maybe it's time I started listening to Kanye, writes psychotherapist Kyle MacDonald. I've never been a huge fan of Kanye West, and even less of his wife's family and media empire. But I am a Read More >

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