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Is depression linked to violence? Teenage mental health sufferers are TWICE as likely to have a criminal record compared to the general population

Up to 7% of adolescent mental health sufferers have criminal convictions This compares with 3.6% in the general population without depression High rates of depression were previously reported among juvenile detainees Findings emphasise the need for early detection and intervention, say experts Charity said link is exagerrated and sufferers

Ice addiction ‘pales into insignificance’ compared to harms linked to alcohol abuse, AMA say

Australia's peak medical body has slammed the Federal Government's drug policy, arguing its focus on methamphetamine is misplaced and alcohol abuse is a far more pressing issue.     AUDIO: Listen to Stephanie Dalzell's story on The World Today(The World Today) The ten-year National Drug Strategy was released last month, listing methamphetamine as its top

A ‘brainwave’ to help fight PTSD

(HealthDay)—Technology using a patient's own brainwaves might offer hope against tough-to-treat PTSD, new research suggests. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop as a reaction to a terrifying event, such as war, natural disasters, sexual assault and other physical violence or trauma. People with the condition may have prolonged anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares

Immigrants suffer higher rates of psychosis

Credit: Pedro Gabriel Miziara/Unsplash Psychosis, sometimes called schizophrenia, is a psychological state characterised by symptoms such as paranoia and hallucinations. In England, one person in every 100 will be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder at some point in their lives. Disturbingly, evidence gathered from Western nations suggests that immigrants experience psychosis

New Risk Fractors For Anxiety Disorders

This post originally featured on ScienceDaily. Mental, social and inherited factors all play a role in anxiety disorders. In the journal Molecular Psychiatry, a research team from Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) in Bavaria, Germany, describes a hitherto unknown genetic pathway for developing such diseases: They pinpointed at least four variants of the

Untreated Psychotic Illness: Stemming the Tide

This article originally featured on the Psychiatry Advisor. In a recent study1 involving 404 patients with first-episode psychosis recruited at 34 community clinics in 21 different US states, we found that the median duration of untreated psychosis was 1.5 years.2Data regarding patients with other conditions suggest even longer intervals between onset of

Depression Symptoms Among Men When Their Partners Are Pregnant

This article originally featured on Science Daily. Men who were stressed or in poor health had elevated depression symptoms when their partners were pregnant and nine months after the birth of their child, according to the results of a study of expectant and new fathers in New Zealand published online by