Thinking strange thoughts does not necessarily mean you’re deluded.
We cannot think thoughts that are not ours - but there are still those who claim to have external thoughts being put into their heads.
Anxiety: gender specific.
New research reveals some startling findings and discovers the problem is worst in the West.
Bodies at war.
Body identity integrity disorder is a strange and very distressing condition. A shift towards treating it as a neuroscientific problem could be the key to a cure.
HIV-positive women who suffered trauma in their formative years are likely to suffer brain function impairment.
The brain function of HIV-positive women who experienced childhood trauma is more compromised than that of women who are only HIV positive.
Avoiding or delaying diagnosis means people miss out on treatments that might have eased their suffering.
While it's important to increase the diagnosis of depression and find a treatment plan that suits the individual, simply writing more scripts for antidepressants isn't the answer.
Researchers are trying to fill in the blanks between genetic blueprints and psychiatric disorder by studying changes in the brain.
We need personalised treatments rather than blanket medical diagnoses to help those suffering from delusions.
While technology is not always a replacement, it can offer increased choice and flexibility.
Smartphones, tablets and computers are increasingly expanding the availability of health services. This means we can access help anonymous at a time and place that suits us.
Marital resemblance is the degree to which we marry people who resemble us in some characteristic or another.
A study published in JAMA Psychiatry this week sheds light on the influence of psychiatric disorders on relationships and mating.
Australians are less likely to see a person with an anxiety disorder as warranting professional help.
Australians have come a long way in understanding depression. Most recognise the symptoms and believe in the value of professional help. But anxiety disorders have been left behind.
Take one mental health issue, then add the label of a disorder, then see if therapists apply their own prejudices.
Vasopressin may be used to treat social deficits in children with autism.
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Increasing autistic children's levels of vasopressin, a hormone that regulates social behaviour, could help treat the social deficits common to autism, research suggests.
A diagnostic label such as borderline personality disorder, with its stigma and propensity to invalidate the person’s suffering, clearly has many negative impacts.
Diagnostic labels usually describe symptoms, attempt to answer the question of what is wrong, and lead to a treatment plan. But "borderline personality disorder" fails on all three counts.
Feeling content means having a deep-seated, abiding acceptance of oneself and one’s worth, together with a sense of self-fulfilment, meaning and purpose.
Happiness might seem like a worthy goal but it will invariably be disrupted by unwelcome negative feelings. Far better to seek contentment, which can serve as a foundation for both joy and pleasure.
Medical opinion soon came to regard symptoms of ‘shell shock’, as exhibited by the solider at bottom left, as psychological in origin.
For contemporaries and later for historians, shell shock came to encapsulate all the horror of a new form of industrialised warfare.
Barack Obama has thrown his administration's support behind a ban on "conversion therapy" for same-sex attraction. He is to be applauded.
Adolf Wölfli drawing from 1926: a prolific artist.
Organisations such as MIND work tirelessly to raise awareness of mental health problems and real progress has been made in destigmatising mental illness through campaigns such as Time to Change and Black…
Physician attitudes towards mental illness can reflect the general public’s prejudice.
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Mental illness is a major public health problem in the United States. Suicide alone takes the lives of 38,000 Americans each year, more than double that from homicide. Medical and surgical patients who…
There just aren’t enough psychiatrists to meet demand.
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Getting psychiatric care in the United States is a lot harder than it should be. Patients around the country are having a hard time booking appointments for outpatient care, and face significant hurdles…
Minding the gap.
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Psychiatry is apparently in crisis – again. On the one hand, psychiatrists are agents of social control, carrying out society’s bidding to ensure that the socially deviant are kept locked up out of sight…