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Criteria for mental health disorders have been formulated by expert committees. But are they right? Psychiatry image from shutterstock

Explainer: what is the DSM and how are mental disorders diagnosed?

Welcome to Matters of the Mind, a series which examines the clinician’s bible for diagnosing mental disorders, the DSM, and the controversy surrounding the forthcoming fifth edition. The Diagnostic and…
The symptom-based approach of the current DSM does not take life events into account. Woman image from shutterstock.com

Forget talking, just fill a script: how modern psychiatry lost its mind

Welcome to Matters of the Mind, a series which examines the clinician’s bible for diagnosing mental disorders, the DSM, and the controversy surrounding the forthcoming fifth edition. You’re feeling down…
Each of the 100 billion nerve cells in the brain makes an average of 1,000 connections with other neurons. Zachary Veach

The promise and challenges of biomarkers for mental illnesses

The human brain is the location of personality, emotion, learning and wisdom in a unique individual. It contains 100 billion nerve cells – roughly the same number as there are galaxies in the observable…
Despite a growth in the study of homelessness, significant gaps remain in our understanding of it. Flickr/Davco9200

Caught in a longterm cycle: homelessness in Australia

In Australia the homeless population has become more diverse over the last 20 years, with more young people, women and families experiencing homelessness. This has led to a growth in the study of homelessness…
Treatment for mental illness can break the ‘revolving door’ cycle among inmates, researchers say. Flickr/:Dan.

Indigenous inmates need better mental health services

Aboriginal people in custody are in urgent need of improved mental health services, according to the authors of a study that…
By constantly expanding the net of mental illness, psychiatrists risk catching and stigmatising millions of people for normal behaviour. EPA/Robert Ghement

Backdown on new psychiatric diagnoses a welcome respite

Australian psychiatrists have welcomed a rare move by a US panel editing the universal diagnostic manual to drop two unpopular…

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