Poverty, Not Mental Illness, Is Source Of Many Poor Mothers’ Anxiety: Study

Rutgers University Poor mothers are more likely to be classified as having the mental illness known as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) because they live in poverty – not because they are suffering from a psychiatric disorder, according to Rutgers researchers. Judith C. Baer, an associate professor in the School of Social Work, and her team, in the study, “Is it Generalized Anxiety Disorder or Poverty? An Examination of Poor Mothers …

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Depressed? You’ve got Buckley’s getting insurance

Source: Jill Stark, Health ReporterThe Sunday Age PEOPLE with a history of depression, insomnia or stress are being denied access to insurance, with health experts accusing the industry of systemic discrimination against those with even mild mental health problems. A report by beyondblue and the Mental Health Council of Australia reveals many insurers are refusing to offer income protection, life insurance, private healthcare or travel coverage to people who have …

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Mental health needs high for indigenous

Michelle Henderson, AAP National Medical Writer Mental health services for Aboriginal people in custody need to be developed urgently, according to a study that found most Queensland indigenous inmates suffered from a mental illness. The Queensland Forensic Mental Health Services study of 419 indigenous men and women from six high-security prisons found that about 73 per cent of men and 86 per cent of women had a mental health disorder. …

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Skills for Psychological Recovery: basic and effective strategies to manage common psychological issues following disaster

Workshop A significant proportion of people experience a range of psychological issues and distress in the months after a disaster. Many of the people affected in this way can be assisted by primary care and mental health professionals using brief but effective strategies. The Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) protocol was developed as an evidence-informed resource for use by health and mental health personnel of varying backgrounds and qualifications. The …

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The Occurence Of Depression Increasing During Financial Crisis Due To Income Inequalities

Due to the recent economic crisis, an increase of health inequalities between socio-economic groups has been noticed in both developed and developing countries. The World Health Organization, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme have all reported these inequalities and emphasized its importance and made this issue a priority. There is evidence that such inequalities not only affect general health, but have a particular impact on mental health. …

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Mental illness can bring a massive paycut

Danny Rose, AAP From Sydney Morning Herald February 1, 2011 Mental illness can represent a massive pay cut, according to Australian research which has calculated its cost in forcing people to leave the workforce early. The study found people who experienced depression or other mental health problems were up to $250,000 worse off, or they had around half the accumulated wealth, compared to their healthy peers around retirement age. Professor …

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Flooding and it’s Impact on Mental Health Australia – GP Fact Sheet

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has developed a general practice fact sheet providing useful information and resources to help with the impact of flood in relation to mental health. GPs have been reported to be the most consulted group of health care professionals for people with mental illness, with 71 percent of patients in Australia initially presenting to their GP. Thus, it is likely that GPs will …

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Thoughts on Carers & Consumers in Rural & Remote Areas in Australia

Carers – Rural and Remote: The ongoing impacts on the lives of mental health carers in rural and remote Australia are significant. Services for the consumer are much less available than in the city and the carer becomes a defacto ‘case manager’. The impacts on the carers’ life and health, immediate and long term finances, job and educational prospects form part of their concerns and are quite separate from their …

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US Research – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report

Researchers of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported on Nov 18 that in 2009, 45 million, or 20 percent, of adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. suffered from some mental disorder or mental illness in the past year. Among those with mental illness, 11 million or 4.8 percent had a serious mental illness.The report determined that women were more likely than men to suffer mental …

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