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Disabled Teens Suffering the Mental Health Effects of Bullying

Almost half of the poorer mental health we see in teenagers with a disability is due to bullying, our new research shows. If we could stop the high levels of bullying that adolescents with a disability experience, we could make a big difference to their health, learning and wellbeing. So school anti-bullying programs need to [...]

By |2018-08-13T11:39:45+00:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: Bullying, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Canberra to Fall Short on School Psychologists, Despite Three-Year Hiring Effort

Canberra will not have enough school psychologists to meet the demand of students with mental health issues by the time it has finished hiring in 2020. Last year, the ACT Government committed to employ an additional 20 school psychologists over three years — one of the recommendations made in the Shaddock review, the report launched [...]

Study Finds Link Between Mother, Child Depression

Children whose mothers are depressed are themselves at increased risk for depression, anxiety disorder, or other mental-health problems during childhood. New research shows that treating the depression of mothers can significantly alleviate children's depression. There is a lot of evidence that if a mother suffers from clinical depression that her children are at increased risk [...]

By |2018-08-13T11:16:44+00:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How ‘Love Island’ Puts Teenage Girls at Risk

In an interview earlier this month, the stars of BBC drama series, Age Before Beauty, criticised programs such as Love island for promoting unrealistic beauty expectations and plastic surgery among younger people. One of the stars of the show, Lisa Riley, expressed concerns that reality TV risked being "treacherous" to young people over body image. [...]

7 Myths About Suicide

The media frenzy is starting to settle after the tragic suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Some of the coverage, I was happy to see, was sensitive and compassionate, while some was just plain irresponsible, sensationalistic, and full of specific details - all of which can put vulnerable people at risk, and perpetuate misinformation. [...]

By |2018-08-13T10:45:26+00:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: Suicide|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Warning Over Link Between Depression and Video Game Addiction After MRI Scan Shows Proof

Psychiatrists have issued a warning over the link between depression and video game addiction, after MRI scans revealed for the first time the potential damage caused to young brains. The images showed the signals between the different parts of gaming addicts’ brains were disrupted, driving them to continue playing but also worsening their depression. The “emotional” [...]

A New Reality For Beauty Standards

With the spread of photo-editing technology through applications like Snapchat and Facetune, the level of physical "perfection" previously seen only on celebrity or beauty magazines is now all over social media. As these images become the norm, people's perceptions of beauty worldwide are changing, which can take a toll on a person's self-esteem and can [...]

By |2018-08-06T11:23:29+00:00August 6th, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Phobias Predict Mental Health Problems

Are you afraid of spiders? You aren't alone. (Well, except when it's just you and the spider.) Across the world, somewhere between 3% and 15% of the population is afraid of something. That's the headline finding in a new review published in The Lancet Psychiatry. But they found so much more. The authors, led by [...]

By |2018-08-06T11:18:37+00:00August 6th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

7 Ways To Tell If Your Racing Thoughts Might Actually Be A Mental Health Issue

It happens to the best of us: an inability to concentrate at work, panic in traffic, or thoughts that are too scattered or busy to let us fall asleep. But for others, constant racing thoughts can become an uncomfortable, but consistent, part of everyday life. And mental health professionals want people to know the difference. [...]

Scientists Just Found The Neurological Link Between Poor Sleep And Depression

Research has long associated poor sleep with an increased risk of depression, but scientists have just identified the neural mechanism responsible for this link – a discovery that could lead to better treatments in the future. Researchers found a strong connection between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (responsible for short-term memory), the precuneus (linked with ideas [...]