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Mariah Carey recently announced she has bipolar II disorder. Most of us won’t know what that means. AAP/Alba Vigaray

Mood and personality disorders are often misconceived: here’s what you need to know

Media portrayals don't help misconceptions about disorders such as bipolar, schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder. So what do these terms actually mean?
Current MDMA trials could lead to the drug moving from the fringes of mainstream psychiatry to being recognised as a mainstream treatment option. AAP

Is psychiatry ready for medical MDMA?

Current trials suggest MDMA could used to treat psychiatric disorders as a prescription medicine by 2021. But there remain a number of unresolved patient / doctor issues to be considered.
Australia’s investment in community mental-health services is subordinate to our focus on care provided by public and private hospitals. DAVID MARIUZ/AAP Image

Insurance changes not enough to drive real mental health reform

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.
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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.
State governments have recognised that treatment for mental health should be subject to more modern regulation. from shutterstock.com

As Australia reforms its laws to protect those with mental illness, is Queensland going backwards?

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. from shutterstock.com

What is taurine and how can it improve psychosis?

People given taurine had significantly improved overall mental health symptoms, including those of psychosis, compared to those given placebo.

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