Depression and driving cessation in older women

Depression and driving cessation in older women – the moderation effects of social engagement Authors: Nancy A Pachana, Janni K Leung, Paul A Gardiner, Deirdre P McLaughlin The University of Queensland Driving cessation in later life and may be undertaken voluntarily, e.g. due to financial reasons or moving to a new residence where a car is not practical or necessary, or be required due to a medical condition. It is …

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Rural mental illness does not discriminate

Depression, anxiety and suicide in rural areas is not confined to males When we think of mental health issues such as depression and suicide in rural, remote and regional Australia, perhaps the tendency is to immediately think of men and young people. But women in rural Australia suffer from mental health issues too. One clinical psychologist says often the expectations on women to hold it all together are greater than …

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Charlotte Dawson’s death puts cyberbullying back in spotlight

By ABC News The death of Charlotte Dawson has Australia reflecting on depression and the increasing incidence of cyberbullying via social media websites. Dawson, a prominent campaigner against cyberbullying, was found dead in her Sydney apartment on Saturday. She revealed in her autobiography, Air Kiss & Tell, that she was frequently visited by the “depression bogeyman”. The former model was hospitalised after an attempted suicide in 2012 when she received …

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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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A psychodynamic approach in the work with a depressed mother

A practitioner researcher approach – Dr George Karpetis – which aims to understand practice through reflexivity and to improve service effectiveness (Gibbs, 2001). The present study adopts process reflection that draws on psychodynamic theory and studies both conscious and unconscious aspects of practice (Ruch, 2007). The author studied his own social work practice in a Community Mental Health Centre (CMHC) for Children and Adolescents. Both the practitioner and the multidisciplinary …

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Down and out in the Bush, women’s experiences of depression in rural Australia

The 14th International Mental Health Conference is being held at the Outrigger, Surfers Paradise on Monday the 5th and Tuesday the 6th of August 2013. Many topics will be explored including that being presented by Stephanie Johnson on the experiences and support needs for rural Australian women experiencing major depression. It is argued that women’s experiences and experiential knowledge and the challenges faced by people with mental health issues living in the …

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