A pair of identical twins. The one on the right has OCD, while the one on the left does not.
Brain Imaging Research Division, Wayne State University School of Medicine
It can be very hard for people to accept that they – or their family member – are not to blame for their mental illness. Seeing the evidence in a scan can make a difference.
People who unexpectedly lose a loved should be identified early enough and appropriately counselled.
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The unexpected death of a loved one is a traumatic experience. It's important to identify high risk individuals to provide counselling and social support.
Australia’s investment in community mental-health services is subordinate to our focus on care provided by public and private hospitals.
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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.
Early life trauma can affect our hormone systems for the rest of our lives.
The "love hormone" system starts to develop in the womb and is important in helping us deal with stress.
It’s hard for parents to know whether, or how, they should address suicide with their children.
If a child is old enough to ask about suicide, then they're probably old enough for a discussion about it.
Women in Africa who suffer from postnatal depression often go undiagnosed and untreated.
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Initiatives to help women suffering postnatal depression are needed and should be encouraged and integrated as part of routine antenatal and postnatal care.
Lewy body dementia and other illnesses of aging brains cause immeasurable suffering for patients and their families.
Lewy body dementia is the second most common type of dementia. Why don't more people recognize the signs?
Dissociative identity disorder is a serious and valid mental illness.
Dissociative identity disorder - previously known as multiple personality disorder - occurs when a child's development is disrupted by trauma, preventing them forming a strong sense of self.
There are huge benefits for trans people – and society – when they change their outward appearance to reflect their gender identity.
Medical mediation has become a buzzword in health departments across the world as an alternative to taking legal action to solve disputes.
Depression doesn’t lead to heart disease, as some people suggest, but it’s a sign that you might be at risk of it.
If you're 45 or older and have depression, new research suggests you may need to ask for a heart check when you next see your doctor.
Mental healthcare in the UK needs more integrated solutions, not patch-ups.
A key focus has been on strengthening primary health care to reduce demand on hospitals, but there is little evidence of progress.
New Zealand's health service provides universal and free access to health care, but inequities remain stubbornly high.
One in ten students drop out of uni in their first year.
Indigenous children who participate in AFL have better physical and mental health than those who don’t.
Much has been written about success of Indigenous players at elite levels of the game. But perhaps the more important story is one of Indigenous participation in grass roots and community football.
Cannabis is the most widely available and most used illegal substance in the world, and Canadian youth are among the top users. Parents and their kids need to prepare for the day it becomes legal in Canada in 2018.
Parents can help protect their kids from cannabis abuse by openly discussing the health risks, the pleasures and the responsible ways to use the drug.
As a community we need proactive, positive strategies to reduce youth self-harm and suicide.
Youth suicide has reached a ten year high, but suicide and self-harm are still taboo topics in schools.
It’s a long road to recovery.
After the storm is over, it's time to rebuild – and natural disasters can affect survivors' health for years to come.
When this is home, bad weather can make a bad situation much worse.
Extreme weather is hard enough for those with a home. But imagine losing everything you own in a storm - that's the experience of many homeless people forced to live out in the open during wild weather.
Those who grow up in toxic environments are up to 12 times more likely to experience addiction, depression and to try to commit suicide.
World Suicide Prevention Day draws attention to the rising tide of teenagers taking their own lives. "Toxic socialization" involving emotional and physical abuse in families is a major cause.