Needless treatments: antipsychotic drugs are rarely effective in ‘calming’ dementia patients

  People with dementia often experience a range of psychological symptoms and behaviour changes. from shutterstock.com Juanita Westbury, University of Tasmania and Carmelle Peisah, University of Sydney From time to time, we hear or read about medical procedures or treatments that can be ineffective and needlessly drive up the nation’s health-care costs. This occasional series explores such procedures individually and explains why they could cause … Continue reading Needless treatments: antipsychotic drugs are rarely effective in ‘calming’ dementia patients

First Responders are at highest risk for mental illness and substance abuse: why many don’t seek help and what we can do.

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In an effort to better understand the risk for first responders (police, medics, firefighters, military) one must first understand the foundation of risk prevention. There are three methods of prevention: primary, secondary and tertiary. Primary preventions are the type of interventions that aim to prevent any risk of injury, illness, or disease before they’re at risk. One of the most commonly used… Continue reading First Responders are at highest risk for mental illness and substance abuse: why many don’t seek help and what we can do.

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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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A closer look at Drug Addictions and Suicide in Perth

The Statistics  Methamphetamines numbers have tripled in the past five years, from about 90,000 to 268,000 regular and dependent methamphetamine users The result of the study was based on the number of people seeking treatment The number of users between the age of 15 and 24 has more than doubled  from 21,000 regular users to 59,000 regular users Accidental deaths involving Meth have increased sharply  since 2010, … Continue reading A closer look at Drug Addictions and Suicide in Perth

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Classification 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 Classification 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

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