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People with dementia often experience a range of psychological symptoms and behaviour changes. from shutterstock.com

Needless treatments: antipsychotic drugs are rarely effective in ‘calming’ dementia patients

Because of their sedative effect, antipsychotic medications are often used – in fact they are over-used – to "manage" people with dementia. This is against clinical guidelines.
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…
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…

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