Recently announced changes to private health insurance reinforce the primacy of hospitals for mental health issues. This is despite many inquiries recommending better community mental-health care.
One person with a given diagnosis can be entirely different, symptomatically speaking, from another with the same diagnosis.
There are several problems with the recently released guidelines for diagnosing autism. But the fundamental issue is that we're striving for diagnosis first, and help later.
The symptoms of 'schizophrenia' are very real, but experts are looking for a better way to define them.
There's a fierce debate about whether it's ethical for mental health professionals to diagnose politicians they haven't personally examined.
Lay workers are being trained to help Zimbabwe manage mental issues in communities. So far it's proving successful.
The latest federal budget leaves mental health chronically underfunded, with inequitable access to services, and without a clear national strategy.
ECT is a highly effective treatment for severe depression and psychosis, so why does it still have a bad rap?
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.
The causes of motor neurone disease and schizophrenia have something important in common.
Alternate realities don't just exist in politics – and not all falsehoods are lies. Distortions of the truth can range from a normal part of human nature to pathological.
Not even psychiatrists themselves can agree on what 'mental illness' is.
Some people have terrifying delusions they are infested with insects, spiders or even small animals. But help is available.
Recent Queensland reforms – due to take effect in March 2017 – do not include legislative safeguards for a certain group of people with mental illness.
People given taurine had significantly improved overall mental health symptoms, including those of psychosis, compared to those given placebo.
Rapunzel syndrome is an extremely rare medical condition where hairs the person has eaten become tangled and trapped in their stomach.
Lie awake and you could be playing havoc with your amygdala.
The clinical committee reviewing obstetrics services for the federal government's Medicare review said suicide is one of the leading causes of maternal death in Australia. Is that true?
Schizophrenia and the search for meaning in a puzzling world.
Psychology ought to go further than just restoring equilibrium. It should help us to flourish.