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Many non-western cultures recognise states of mind that look like mental illness but don’t fit DSM categories. Todd Huffman

Strange or just plain weird? Cultural variation in mental illness

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. There’s an old saying that psychology…
Sadness is a natural human emotion. D Sharon Pruitt/Flickr.

Is the promotion of happiness making us sad?

Western culture places an extraordinary emphasis on happiness – and continuous happiness – as the goal each of us should strive for in our lives. But we’re increasingly realising this goal may actually…
There’s little proof that the transition to retirement has a significant impact on mental health. petruzzophoto

Retirement: a trigger for distress or welcome relief from the rat race?

Welcome to Shades of Grey, a series from The Conversation that examines the challenges posed by Australia’s ageing workforce. Today, Australian National University’s Sarah Olesen and Peter Butterworth…
Grey skies lie beyond the colour of the Olympic contest for some competitors. EPA/Geoff Caddick

Former Olympic athletes can battle anxiety, depression

The perfectionism and combative mindset essential to success for Olympic athletes can also disrupt the transition to life…
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder which affects between 1% and 6% of the population. thewoodenshoes/Flickr

Explainer: what is bipolar disorder?

During a manic episode, the main character of popular television series Homeland, CIA agent Carrie Mathison (played by Claire Danes) colour codes the evidence in a terrorism case, making vital links that…
Better treatment for depression will reduce suicide rates, experts say. Flickr/aouniat

Decline in young male suicide hides rise in remote areas

A sharp decline in the overall suicide rate among young Australian men has masked a rise in remote areas and low socioeconomic…
Women can seek help without being branded “whingers”. Flickr/Jessia Hime

Formal recognition of PMDD will lift stigma for women

A decision to recognise premenstrual dysphoric disorder as a genuine psychiatric condition will finally provide “validation…
Anxiety and depression are common among GLBT Australians. Fotopedia

GLBT Australians suffer from intense anxiety, depression

Nearly 80% of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) Australians suffered at least one episode of intense anxiety…
About 60% of Australians are not physically active enough to reap health benefits. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Most Australians are taking a chance with chronic disease

Nearly all Australians are taking a lifestyle risk that will increase the chance of developing a chronic disease, and more…

Living alone increases depression risk

People living alone are 80% more likely to develop depression than any other social group. Finnish researchers studied 3,500…

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