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How Childhood Trauma Changes Hormones

Exposure to traumatic experiences in childhood can have a negative impact on the development of the brain when it’s most vulnerable. Cases of childhood maltreatment are more common than reported; conservative estimates show over 45,000 Australian children were exposed to maltreatment in 2015 and 2016. Adversity in childhood can include experiences such as emotional, physical, and sexual [...]

Half of NSW Businesses Have No Mental Health Strategy

NSW employers are failing to address the mental health of their workers appropriately, with the construction and scientific industries among the worst performers, a rigorous new benchmarking tool shows. Fewer than one in 10 (8.8 per cent) of the state's workplaces have an integrated and sustained approach to mental health, according to an independent survey [...]

By | 2017-10-23T12:29:39+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Mental Illness, Society & Culture|Tags: , , |0 Comments

From A Teenage Boy With Anorexia

Not all silence on mental health problems is down to stigma. Sometimes it’s difficult to articulate what’s wrong. You can’t talk about mental health without talking about stigma. Personally, I don’t like talking about stigma – the more you talk about something, the more you entrench it. People often cite fear of stigma as the [...]

By | 2017-10-23T12:29:35+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Eating Disorders, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Teenagers Engaging In ‘Digital Self-Harm’

In past decades, teenagers struggling to deal with their emotions might have coped by taking a razor blade to their forearm or extinguishing cigarettes on their skin. Today’s teens, products of the internet era, have found an additional outlet. Approximately 6% of adolescents between 12 and 17 years old engage in a practice known as [...]

‘Steep Rise’ In Self-Harm Among Teenage Girls

There has been a steep rise in reports of self-harm among girls aged 13 to 16, according to a study of data from GP practices across the UK. The BMJ study, which looked at figures from 2011-2014, said GPs could be getting better at picking up self-harm. But it was likely that rising stress and [...]

By | 2017-10-23T12:29:26+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Mental Illness|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Teens Test Magnetic Therapy for Treatment-Resistant Depression

Something changed and getting out of bed was no longer the "hardest thing in the world" for this teenager. The depression had hung heavy over Courtney, sapping her of motivation for years despite the medications and therapy. Then last year – aged 17 – she joined a world-first trial that is beaming magnetic fields onto the brains [...]

By | 2017-10-16T12:51:40+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Depression, Science & Research|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

7 Ways to ‘Make Healthy Normal’ for Your Family

With 50 percent of NSW adults overweight or obese, we are living in an environment where being unhealthy is becoming the norm. As spring has well and truly arrived and the weather is warming up across the country, there is no better time to refresh your routine and improve your health and wellbeing. With the days [...]

The Worrying Trend in the Minds of Young Australians

Working out what’s going on in the minds of younger Australians can be both confusing and frustrating. Are they happy, worried, feeling like they don’t belong, or all of the above? A new survey of 47,000 children across Australia, aged between 6 and 18, may give us a better sense of what makes them tick. [...]

By | 2017-10-16T12:41:50+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Children as Young as 6 Years Old are Watching Porn Online

Children as young as six are watching internet porn, with one group linking the behaviour to sexual assaults in schools. Centre Against Sexual Violence counsellor Kate McCormick said there appeared to be "a lot of sexual assault" occurring within the school environment. "This has been linked back to early exposure to pornography," she said. "From [...]

By | 2017-10-16T12:38:46+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Cybersafety, Suicide|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

6 Things a Psychiatrist Says Everyone Needs to Know About Mental Health

Well+Good Council member Drew Ramsey, MD, a practicing psychiatrist, is passionate about the need to remove the stigma associated with mental health—and with asking for help. Here, just in time for Mental Illness Awareness Week, he shares some real talk about the prevalence of mental illness. I’m a psychiatrist in active clinical practice in New York City and have been [...]

By | 2017-10-06T12:17:50+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , |0 Comments