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

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

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

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

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