Ms Carol Purtell, Clinic Director at Mindspot joins us this August

The 2018 International Mental Health Conference is almost upon us again, this year the conference will be held over the 8th – 10th August at the RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast, Queensland. This annual conference is now in its 19th year and continues to be the pinnacle event in the mental health industry. The Conference provides an invaluable opportunity to build relationships and to share knowledge, research and …

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New dads suffering depression after baby’s birth struggle to find regional support

One in 10 Australian fathers are struggling with depression following the birth of their baby and a lack of specialist regional services is making the condition even more challenging. Anthony (not his real name) and his partner spent a significant amount of time trying to conceive with IVF but halfway through the pregnancy, the father-to-be was hit by crippling anxiety. The 38-year-old Victorian spent hours a day dry retching and …

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There are four types of drinker – which one are you?

It’s easy to see alcohol consumption being a result of thousands of years of ritual and a lifetime of habit. But have you ever stopped to consider why it is you choose to drink? Knowing what motivates people to drink is important to better understanding their needs when it comes to encouraging them to drink less, or in a less harmful way. The four types Personally, everyone can come up …

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What Is High Functioning Depression – And Could You Have It?

On the outside, you’re highly productive, successful and motivated. You have a big group of friends, a great job and seem to have life all sorted out. But on the inside, you’re gripped by low self-worth and the pressure to be perfect. Sound familiar? This is the reality for those who have high functioning depression. They suffer in silence while doing what they need to just to get by. Most commonly, …

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The Australian Scientists Cracking the Genetic Code of Clinical Depression

Two-thirds of Australians with clinical depression have used multiple antidepressants to manage their condition, the nation’s largest study on depression has found. More than 10,000 adults living with the mental illness have so far enrolled in the Australian Genetics of Depression Study and researchers have released some of the preliminary data. Lead investigator Nick Martin at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute says the data highlights that current treatments are …

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“Everything I Wanted is Gone”: John Brogden’s Journey Through the Darkness

John Brogden spent his life working to become Premier of NSW – until a colossal fall from grace and a very public suicide attempt changed his life and priorities forever. Ahead of a visit to Adelaide, he talks to InDaily about his recovery, and his zeal to change public discourse around mental illness. “From as early as I can remember, I only ever wanted to do one thing, and that …

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Dads can suffer depression after childbirth too

No matter how many books you read, nothing really prepares you for the birth of your first child. And that goes for dads, as well as mums. Wilfred Zee, 31, from Queensland thought he was prepared before the whirlwind arrived. “We had a natural birth with our first child, Nathan, and didn’t realise anything was wrong until two days later. My wife was trying to get out of bed to …

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Screening and psychiatric follow-up in pre-dialysis patients

Authors: DG Straatsburg, MD FRANZP; EA Hoekman; R Smulders; JG Lijmer, MD PhD Organisation: OLVG Hospital, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Introduction Patients with end-stage renal failure disease (ESRD) are referred to our dialysis clinic for pre-dialysis work-up. In this retrospective study we examined the prevalence of psychiatric symptoms with the Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale (HADS 14 item questionnaire) and the added value of screening in this population by the number of …

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The Adult Step-up Step-down sub-acute residential service in Canberra, Australia.

Sub-acute residential services are a recent addition to the range of services available to assist people in their recovery from serious mental illness.  One such service is the Adult Step-up Step-down program in Canberra, Australia, which accepts admissions from people entering directly from their home as an alternative to hospital (step-up), or as a transitional step before returning to living in the community after a hospital admission (step-down).  The 5-bed …

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Outcome Feedback (OF) Technology

An international team of researchers from various Universities (York, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Leiden, Trier) have developed and tested the impact of adopting Outcome Feedback (OF) technology in a psychological care service in the English NHS system. OF technology is based on the same methods that guide existing medical technologies, such as prenatal scans that use ultrasound devices to compare the growth of babies to benchmarks derived from clinical records of other …

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