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What are the long-term effects of spanking? Francisco Luco

Is it OK to spank a misbehaving child once in a while?

Senator Ted Cruz recently stated that he spanks his five-year-old daughter for lying. Spanking kids can cause tremendous damage to kids' mental health – even if it is an occasional light rap.
Clinical perfectionists constantly strive for ambitious goals and judge their self-worth on the achievement of these goals. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock

Clinical perfectionism: when striving for excellence gets you down

Some clinical perfectionists avoid or procrastinate because they fear not being able to meet their desired standards.
The government has acknowledged that just sending people off for a set number of psychology sessions is an inadequate response, particularly for people with more complex conditions. LoloStock/Shutterstock

Mental health changes should be judged on outcomes, not promises

The reforms announced today have the potential to change this appalling situation. But ultimately they should be judged on the outcomes they achieve for patients.
Loneliness is not just about whether there are people around. David Hodgson/Flickr

The deadly truth about loneliness

The unpleasant feelings of loneliness are subjective. Researchers have found they are less related to the amount of time spent alone and more related to the quality of relationships.
Easton Woodhead has been found not guilty of murder on the basis of mental impairment, but he did not walk free from the court. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

How the insanity defence against a murder charge works

Despite the many people with mental illness who go to prison, successful defences of mental impairment are rare. But this is not a 'get out of jail free' card and should be more accessible.

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