Men get postnatal depression too, and as the mother’s main support, they need help

  Men also experience postnatal mental health and adjustment issues. from shutterstock.com Richard Fletcher, University of Newcastle; Jacqui Macdonald, Deakin University, and Louise Newman, University of Melbourne England’s National Health Service (NHS) this week announced it will offer mental health screening and treatment for new and expectant fathers whose partners are suffering from mental illness. The NHS described this as a “radical action to support … Continue reading Men get postnatal depression too, and as the mother’s main support, they need help

Why inability to cope with uncertainty may cause mental health problems

Yuri Zvezdny/shutterstock Benjamin Rosser, Liverpool John Moores University Not knowing is an uncomfortable experience. As human beings, we are naturally curious. We seek to understand, predict and control – it helps us learn and it keeps us safe. Uncertainty can feel dangerous because we cannot predict with complete confidence what will happen. As a result, both our hearts and minds may race. While it is … Continue reading Why inability to cope with uncertainty may cause mental health problems

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.

Originally posted on PsychoBabble:
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

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