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The evidence so far suggests off-label prescribing for insomnia places users at unnecessary risk of harm. Flavio Ronco/Flickr

Explainer: what is Seroquel and should you take it for insomnia?

Quetiapine, sold under the brand name Seroquel, is a short-acting antipsychotic drug to treat major mental illnesses. It has also been increasingly prescribed off-label for insomnia.
Schizophrenia is a complex disorder affecting how an individual thinks, feels and acts. New research has found that people with certain genetic errors are more susceptible to the disorder. shutterstock

New gene links to schizophrenia could open the door to improved treatments

How someone suffering from schizophrenia responds to treatment and manages their disorder is dependent on errors in their genes, according to new research.
Children exhibit signs of psychotic illness in very rare cases. Philippa Willitts/Flickr

Rise in anti-psychotic scripts for kids is a serious worry

News this week that as many as 100,000 prescriptions for anti-psychotics were written for Australian children in 2013 is cause for concern. Though the drugs may be appropriate in a small number of cases…
From textbook to real-world application. Labguest

From decisions to disorders: how neuroscience is changing what we know about ourselves

People have wanted to understand our motivations, thoughts and behaviours since the ancient Greeks inscribed “know thyself” on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. And understanding the brain’s place in health…
A psychotic episode can be a one-off event or an ongoing illness, but it’s currently difficult to predict. wrangler/Shutterstock

Predicting the future course of psychotic illness

Psychotic illness is a relatively rare but often severe form of mental illness, affecting around one in 100 people at some point in their lives. It most commonly begins in adolescence and early adulthood…
Psychotropic drugs are often used to control the behaviour of people with dementia in aged care. Harry/Flickr

Antipsychotic drugs harm older people, let’s reduce their use

Psychotropic drugs are being over-used in Australian aged-care facilities to chemically restrain residents, according to both researchers and several government reports. But despite all this attention…
We need to keep questioning the justifications for depriving those with severe mental health problems of their liberty. Shanon Wise

Time to rethink mental health laws for treatment without consent

Each Australian state and territory has a Mental Health Act that enables those with severe mental health problems to be detained and treated without their consent. While the criteria differ, generally…
Up to 60% of nursing home residents are on psychiatric drugs and around 30% are on powerful anti-psychotics. Ulrich Joho.

Chemical restraint in aged-care homes linked to early death

Last night ABC’s Lateline discussed the case of 63-year-old John Burns, who died within 12 days of going into residential aged care. Burns was put into care after he started to display disinhibited sexual…

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