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Shy bladder, or paruresis, is classified as a form of social anxiety disorder. From shutterstock.com

Can’t do what you need to do in a public toilet? You’re not alone – and there’s help

Anxiety around going to the toilet in a public place is a recognised mental health condition. We explored the thought processes behind shy bladder and shy bowel to better understand these disorders.
Initial NDIS planning failed to recognise the unique needs and challenges of people with mental illnesses. SanchaiRat/Shutterstock

It’s hard for people with severe mental illness to get in the NDIS – and the problems don’t stop there

Some people with mental illnesses are unable to work or look after themselves but because their conditions are episodic, it's difficult to meet the NDIS entry requirement of having a permanent disability.
Darren Spencer at a memorial for his childhood friend Saheed Vassell, a 34-year-old father of a teenage son, fatally shot by police in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, April 5, 2018. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

To stop police shootings of people with mental health disabilities, I asked them what cops – and everyone – could do to help

Police are almost always the first responders in cases of mental health crisis. Too often these encounters turn bad, even deadly. But police were never meant to be in charge of US mental health care.

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