Nearly a Third of Med Students Have Mental Health Issues

Discovery News, September 1 2015. Thirty percent of medical students have received treatment for a mental health condition and 15 percent have considered suicide — alarming statistics, say experts. “The number of students reporting mental illness or considering suicide is shocking,” Twishaa Sheth, chair of the British Medical Association’s student welfare committee, told Student BMJ. The new analysis of over 1,100 medical students appears in the September issue of the …

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Anxiety and addiction

Anxiety In contrast to fear, which is a response to a realistic immediate danger, anxiety is a fearful response occurring in the absence of a specific danger or real threat. According to the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental disorder in the population with a one-year prevalence of 9.7% in Australian adults. The fear and worry associated with anxiety arises in response …

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Comorbidity: mental health and substance use at Addiction 2015

Comorbidity (co-occurence) of mental disorders and substance use disorders is widespread and often associated with poor treatment outcome, severe illness course and high service use. People with mental disorders and substance use frequently need care from several different health disciplines. To deliver a holistic care plan for Addiction treatment the communication between all clinicians and service providers need to be coordinated Comorbidity Comorbidity will be addressed at The Australian & New Zealand Addiction …

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Adolescent “non-drinkers” increases sharply over a decade

Rates of non-drinking among Australian adolescents aged 14-17 years have increased sharply over the past decade with over half now abstaining from alcohol. The percentage of Australian adolescents who did not drink, defined as not drinking alcohol over the past 12 months, jumped from 33 per cent in 2001 to just over 50 per cent in 2010. Dr Michael Livingston from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) said …

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Alcohol May Not Help: Alcohol’s Impact on Your Mental Health

By Jesse Viner, MD Alcoholism is common among people suffering from mental health conditions. People experiencing anxiety, depression, impulsivity, or other diagnosable mental illnesses often turn to alcohol to find temporary solace. Additionally, people who do not have a mental health diagnosis, yet are encountering a phase of overwhelming emotions, drink dangerously. For example, while struggling with the aftermath of trauma, such as physical or sexual abuse, people drink to …

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