Is Increased Mental Illness A Consequence Of Sobriety?

A common theme amongst people recovering from substance addiction is the development of increased mental health issues such as anxiety disorders resulting in a sense of hopelessness and despair. Coupled with this may be a perceived fear of the unknown. For instance, a long term addict recovering from a life of addiction is facing a new life filled with change, modification and variance, contrary to the life that was once …

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Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH) in Rural and Remote Queensland

Over recent decades, strong evidence has emerged that the foundations for a child’s growth and development are laid in the early years, from conception to around age 3. Perinatal mental health issues (PIMH) can impair a parent’s ability to provide responsive care to their child, and a range of issues can interfere with the development of a secure attachment relationship between parent and infant. Preventing long-term negative impacts on the …

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Calls To Review Antipsychotic Use In Kids

An expert in child psychiatry says no child under the age of six should be prescribed an antipsychotic and would like to see a review of these medications. There are concerns antipsychotic drugs are being overprescribed to children purely as a way of managing problem behaviour, leading to calls for a review of prescription rates in Australia. Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry David Coghill, an honorary fellow at the …

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Uncovering Emotional Abuse through Addressing Emotional Eating

Obese, BMI 33, the author overcame emotional eating using an EMDR addiction protocol. Visualising where and when she wanted to eat her comfort food, bread, re-experiencing the physical sensations of consuming bread, anticipating the desired positive emotion of security, she desensitised using eye movements. Desire to Eat (DTE) score was 7, (0 no desire, 10 uncontrollable urge). After twelve sets of eye movements, DTE was zero, eating bread stopped giving her …

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What If…? Creating Cultural Shifts in Our Understanding of Bullying

While we continue to make gradual progress in reducing bullying rates through increased social awareness, reduced stigma, and willingness to speak openly about long term effects, the belief remains that bullying is a part of life that we can’t eradicate altogether. As such, the majority of research focuses on risk factors, personality traits, understanding perpetrators, treating victims and minimising the impact of bullying, with a limited number of solutions aimed …

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Support and Education for ADHD and LD Children in Japan

The 2017 Conference will be held at the Conference Centre, Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland from Monday 21 August – Wednesday 23 August 2017. Mika Nishiyama, Associate Professor for Hiroshima Bunkyo Women’s University joins us this year to discuss “Support and education for ADHD and LD children in Japan”. A government survey in 2012 showed that 6.5% of elementary and secondary schools students were found to have significant learning or …

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What’s On At The 2017 International Mental Health Conference

Mental health problems have become one of the leading causes for concern in an array of home, working and social environments all over Australia.  The 2017 International Mental Health Conference will explore the mental health issues of young Australians and provide solutions as to how we can influence, educate and promote change. This includes complex mental issues affecting the elderly including depression, dementia and anxiety. The 2017 Conference will be …

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Undergraduate Mental Health Nursing Students’ Perspectives On Consumer-Led Programs

The 2017 Conference will be held at the Conference Centre, Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland from Monday 21 August – Wednesday 23 August 2017. Yue On Ho, RNP, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Department at Kwai Chung Hospital in Hong Kong joins us to discuss “Undergraduate mental health nursing students’ perspectives on consumer-led programs”. There is increasing emphasis on the development and implementation of recovery oriented practice in mental health service in …

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What Are The Benefits of Sunlight?

Sunlight and Serotonin While too much of the sun’s warm rays can be harmful to your skin, the right balance can have lots of mood lifting benefits. Sunlight and darkness trigger the release of hormones in your brain. Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. This is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused. At night, darker …

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Supporting Your Own State-of-Mind

Taking care of someone else in an anxious or stressed state-of-mind, naturally, results in putting your own headspace at risk. How you manage that risk (and your own mind) determines everything from your own happiness, to how long you’re able to work and help others in your chosen career. While you might have entered your job aware of the practical pitfalls of the role you signed up to, once you’re …

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