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Some soldiers’ wounds in WWI were more mental than physical. George Metcalf Archival Collection

From shell-shock to PTSD, a century of invisible war trauma

Mental health trauma has always been a part of war. Treatments have come a long way over the last century, but we still don't understand why the responses change for different people and times.
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How better definitions of mental disorders could aid diagnosis and treatment

There is typically no fever, no broken bone, no lesion to examine under a microscope when evaluating mental illness. Diagnosing disorders therefore is hard. A new way to classify disorders could help.
Our views of who’s at risk of post-traumatic stress disorder might cloud who we think deserves to be treated. from www.shutterstock.com

A soldier and a sex worker walk into a therapist’s office. Who’s more likely to have PTSD?

When we think of post-traumatic stress disorder, we tend to think of soldiers returning from war. But other sections of society are far more likely to suffer from repeated bouts of trauma.
A study has for the first time provided a detailed profile of who mental health carers are and what they do. Rachel Young/Flickr

Here’s how much it would cost the government to pay everyone who takes care of family with mental illness

A new study has for first time placed a dollar value on how much it would cost the government to replace those who unofficially care for family members with mental illness.
A farmer might be more likely to chat to her hairdresser about the tough time she’s having than seeking professional help. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Hairdressers in rural Australia end up being counsellors too

Professionals in rural and regional Australia such as hairdressers, accountants and bank managers often play the role of counsellors too.
Inmates wait to enter an assigned cell block at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, California. AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File

Inmates are excluded from Medicaid – here’s why it makes sense to change that

Repealing a legal provision that excludes people in prison or jail from Medicaid could improve access to treatment, save state and local governments money and reduce recidivism.
Qedani Mahlangu resigned as the local government minister for health in Gauteng following the deaths of 94 mentally ill patients. South African Tourism

Top political executives in South Africa don’t resign: they only quit under duress

Mahlangu's resignation over the deaths of mental patients sets her apart from her colleagues in government. But, it does not portend a new trend in political accountability for the governing ANC.

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