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How Parents Can Support Young People’s Mental Health

Parents play a key role in helping children develop good mental health. It is important that parents support and encourage positive mental health habits in children from an early age, and continue encouraging positive mental health behaviours during adolescence. These positive habits will support young people’s health and wellbeing in all life domains into the [...]

By | 2017-06-26T13:25:46+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How To Tell If Social Media Is Giving You Anxiety

With around half of the Australian population logging into Facebook on a daily basis (yes, that's 12.2 million of us), it's safe to say social media plays a large role in many of our everyday lives. Of course, while there are numerous benefits to social media use, what you get out of it corresponds rather [...]

Depression Is Associated With Abnormal Function In The Brain

New neuroimaging research has found that depression is associated with abnormal function in an area of the brain known as the medial prefrontal cortex. The study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, investigated how the medial prefrontal cortex interacted with other areas of the brain in depression. The researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging [...]

By | 2017-06-26T12:20:03+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Categories: Depression|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Males With Body Image Issues And Eating Disorders Are Up To Four Times More Likely To Go Undiagnosed Than Females

I’m going to suggest something controversial - body image can be just as much an issue for men as it is for women, it’s just that we rarely hear about it from men themselves. We know that talking and being emotionally vulnerable can be hard for men. Add to the equation an ultra-sensitive sore point [...]

Muscle Dysmorphia: How Idealised Masculinity Became The New Eating Disorder

The mirrors bolted to the walls of Sydney's bodybuilding gyms are crowded with impossibly muscled men. It's a smorgasbord of peak health and physical perfection. But Joey Sheather can pick them. The men who have bulked-up too fast, whose passion for fitness has tipped over into obsession. The ones who will never be satisfied no [...]

Engaging Young Men Is The Key To Helping Them Beat Mental Illness

If Australia is to be genuinely committed to reducing rates of suicide, problematic substance use, and aggression and violence (including alcohol related and family violence), then we must have a coordinated plan for young men's mental health. Only a small proportion of young men who have a need for care access services receive appropriate treatment [...]

Improving Sleep In Children With ADHD Has Some Lessons For All Parents

Every evening around the world, parents put their children to bed, hoping they’ll go to sleep easily. For most parents that’s exactly what happens. But for some kids, sleep does not come easily and evenings are a battle. Children with ADHD are much more likely than other kids to struggle getting to sleep, and staying [...]

By | 2017-06-09T11:01:01+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

More Than A Third Of Teenage Girls Experience Depression, New Study Says

Depression is usually considered an issue parents have to watch out for starting in the turbulent teenage years. The CW channel, full of characters with existential angst about school, friends and young love, tells us so, as do the countless parenting books about the adolescent years in every guidance counselor's office. But what if by that time it's already too late? A [...]

By | 2017-06-09T11:00:57+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Categories: Depression, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

New Research Suggests The Rate Of Suicide And Suicidal Thoughts Among Children Is Skyrocketing

Severe mental illness is challenging enough for adults to manage. Many spend years seeking treatment before they find something that works. For children, the picture is even grimmer. New research suggests that the rate of suicide and suicidal thoughts among children is skyrocketing. What’s behind this crisis in child mental health? Here are five key [...]

By | 2017-06-09T11:00:36+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Does Fantasising About The Future Cause Depressive Symptoms?

Psychologists have found that fantasizing about the future can lead to increases in depression — and a new study provides some more clues as to why that is. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Consciousness and Cognition in May, examined the role that rumination plays. “Much research on depression focuses on understanding and changing [...]