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Do You Inherit Your Parent’s Mental Illness?

James Longman/BBC News In the battle to find what causes mental illness, scientists are increasingly looking at genetic factors. For James Longman - whose father killed himself after suffering from schizophrenia - it's a very personal question. I'm often told I look like my dad, that I have his mannerisms and some of [...]

By |2016-05-15T09:50:11+10:00May 15th, 2016|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Depression In Pregnant Mothers May Alter The Pattern Of Brain Development In Their Babies

Credit: © Tatyana Gladskih / Fotolia Depression is a serious mental illness that has many negative consequences for sufferers. But depression among pregnant women may also have an impact on their developing babies. Children of depressed parents are at an increased risk of developing depression themselves, a combination of both genetic and environmental [...]

My Dad Killed Himself When I Was 13. He Hid His Depression, I Won’t Hide Mine

Amy Marlow and her dad, Doug McDowell. Photo: Washington Post When you walk into the laundry room and find your father hanging, you know that life is never going to be the same. That is a sight you can't unsee and a pain you can't unfeel. I was 13 years old and still [...]

By |2016-02-14T22:17:36+11:00February 14th, 2016|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Inherited Factor In Depression

Sutter Stock A brain circuit that governs emotion is passed down from mother to daughter and may be an inherited factor contributing to depression, research has shown. The structure, known as the corticolimbic system, is less likely to pass from mothers to sons or from fathers to children of either gender, the US [...]

Millions of Social Media Photos Found on Child Exploitation Sharing Sites

www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk Innocent photos of children originally posted on social media and family blogs account for up to half the material found on some paedophile image-sharing sites, according to Australia's new Children's eSafety Commissioner. Mostly the images are posted by parents, who are unaware of how easily they can be downloaded and stored by friends or strangers. Tens of millions of photos of children doing everyday [...]

The Age of Screenagers, and Parents and Teens Who Are Saying No to Devices

© Bubbles Photolibrary / Alamy At Ravenswood School for Girls on Sydney's north shore on a recent Friday, the playgrounds were full of girls who were not texting or even updating their social media status. A large group of year 10 girls was shrieking with delight over a skipping game where at least [...]

Formal After-Parties – The Online Fallout

I’m regularly asked about my views and concerns of school formal after-parties, particularly those where every aspect of the after-party is outsourced to a private company. I want to share with you an emerging concern for some of these parties that is particularly of interest to schools, parents and teachers. In some cases, a private company contracts a photographer and videographer as part of the after-party package. The video footage and photos are then uploaded on the company’s social [...]

Depression in Pregnant Mothers may Alter the Pattern of Brain Development in their Babies

Depression is a serious mental illness that has many negative consequences for sufferers. But depression among pregnant women may also have an impact on their developing babies. Children of depressed parents are at an increased risk of developing depression themselves, a combination of both genetic and environmental factors. These children also display alterations in the [...]

Family Break-up Linked to Heightened Risk of Psychosomatic Problems in Teens

Parental separation or divorce is linked to a heightened risk of psychosomatic problems among the children in the family, indicates research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. But joint custody seems to be less problematic than sole custody, the findings suggest. Over the past 20 years, family break-up has become more common in developed [...]