Feeling down: when does a mood become a disorder?

By Gordon Parker and Amelia Paterson We’ve all felt sad, anxious or down at one time or another, but where does the normal experience of emotion end and the clinical picture of a mood or anxiety disorder begin? Psychiatry has two widely used classificatory systems that provide definitions of “clinical” states of such emotions as differentiated from “normal” states – the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Diseases and the …

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Recognition and Respect: Report on Mental Health Carers 2012

The Mental Health Council of Australia has released its annual report on mental health carers, ‘Recognition and Respect: Report on Mental Health Carers 2012’. The Report surveyed over 500 mental health carers and provides an insight into the lives of of people who regularly care for someone with a mental illness. You can download the full report here. ******* The 14th International Mental Health Conference “OPENING DOORS” will be held …

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