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Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System

Mental health presents legal issues when crimes are committed, especially when dealing with killing or murder. Under Commonwealth law in Australia, unsoundness of mind can be used as a defence to a criminal charge. Application of this law means that people who are charged with a crime cannot enter a plea or be found guilty because of a mental disorder.Instead, they become forensic patients. For the courts to determine mental … Continue reading Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System

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Classifications of Personality Disorders

Patterns of thinking, feeling or behaviour that are persistent across time and situation.The result of the genetic template and outside influences. Expression of individuals characterise lifestyle methods and relating to others. Relates to personal identity and traits People with personality disorders perceive the world from a different perspective than most people Personality disorders are maladaptive patterns of thinking feeling and behaviours that are expressed in lifestyle … Continue reading Classifications of Personality Disorders

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Analysis | Why Loneliness is Killing You

Loneliness is thought to affect nine million people in the UK. It is estimated that around 200,00 older adults have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in over a month. About half of people aged 75 and over live alone, and 85% of young disabled adults feel lonely, and many can go day and even weeks without any social interaction. A third … Continue reading Analysis | Why Loneliness is Killing You

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Effects of Fatherlessness on Children’s Development

Figures from 2012, show there were 961 thousand single parent homes, which is 15% of the Australian population. About 67% of them had dependants living with them, of the 961 single-parent families, 780 where single mothers making up the majority of the single parent population. In the United States, the prevalence of single mothers is partly due to the growing trend of children born outside marriage. Figures … Continue reading Effects of Fatherlessness on Children’s Development

Three charts on: why rates of mental illness aren’t going down despite higher spending

Improving mental health depends on distributing money more fairly. from shutterstock.com Graham Meadows, Monash University; Joanne Enticott, Monash University, and Sebastian Rosenberg, Australian National University Successive Australian governments have increased their spending on mental health over the last few decades, which is a good thing. But when the rate of mental illness isn’t going down, we need to step back and ask why. Our research … Continue reading Three charts on: why rates of mental illness aren’t going down despite higher spending

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Cocaine use alters gene expression in brain reward circuits study finds

A study published in the journal of biological psychiatry has reviewed unique genetic changes in the brain reward pathways in brains associated with cocaine use. This includes mice brains of first time users, mice withdrawing from the drug and mice being re-exposed to the drug after not using for a period of time. The findings of the study provide unique insight into how cocaine affects … Continue reading Cocaine use alters gene expression in brain reward circuits study finds

Why predicting suicide is a difficult and complex challenge

  Anthony Bourdain, left, and Kate Spade, right. The Conversation with images from PeabodyAwards/flickr, CC BY-SA Joseph Franklin, Florida State University Who is going to die by suicide? This terrible mystery of human behaviour takes on particular poignance in the wake of suicides by high-profile and much-beloved celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. It is only natural that people want to know why such tragedies … Continue reading Why predicting suicide is a difficult and complex challenge