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Chew and spit: high rate of eating disorder warning sign among school kids

New Australian research into body image and eating disorders in adolescents has found an alarming rise in the prevalence of chewing and spitting out food. More than one in ten of the cohort of over 5,000 11- to 19-year-olds reported having spat out food at least once per week, with 2.5% having done so four [...]

By |2019-12-02T14:19:02+11:00December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Eating Disorders|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Self-harm ‘contagion effect’ among children and teens

This article explores the growing concern that Victorian young people are self-harming in emulation of their peers, following a spike in reported cases of self harm in the state. It also assesses the extent to which self-harm may simply be more commonly detected and talked about, as well as the psychological drivers behind the phenomenon [...]

An Online Decency Moderator’s Advice: Blur Your Eyes

"When I left, I didn't shake anyone's hand for three years. I'd seen what people do and how disgusting they are. I didn't want to touch anyone. I was disgusted by humanity." Roz Bowden is talking about her time as a content moderator at MySpace, viewing the very worst the internet could throw at her [...]

By |2018-10-15T12:55:58+11:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Australian children and adolescents increasingly use psychotropic drugs

"This is a major concern. Antipsychotics are strong drugs with serious side effects such as obesity, diabetes and sedation, and these tend to be worse in young people. Despite this, these drugs are increasingly used in situations where other treatments may be safer and more appropriate," said Karanges. Use of the main ADHD medication Ritalin [...]