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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

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

Victorian Arts Companies Join Forces To Improve Mental Health Of Creative Workers

This post originally featured on The Sydney Morning Herald. More than 90 Victorian arts organisations have joined forces to improve the mental health of workers in the creative industries. The Arts Wellbeing Collective, launched by Arts Centre Melbourne on Thursday, will stage workshops and provide training and resources, including a website for Victorian arts workers. The

Early Signs Of Anxiety, Depression May Be Evident In The Brains Of Newborns

This post originally featured on ScienceDaily. Early predictors of anxiety and depression may be evident in the brain even at birth, suggests a study published in the February 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP). Analyzing brain scans of newborns, the researchers found that

Teens Who Get Mental Health Help Less Likely to Suffer Depression Later

This post originally featured on PsychCentral. Young people with mental health problems who have contact with mental health services are significantly less likely to suffer from clinical depression later in their adolescence, according to new research. The study, published in Lancet Psychiatry, found that 14-year-olds who had contact with mental health services

Why Art Therapy?

This post originally featured on Psych Central. There are a number of different forms of therapy and choosing which one is the best choice may prove to be a daunting task, especially when faced with low motivation and affect as a symptom of your mental illness. Typical therapies* include those where

Aerobic Exercise May Benefit Children With Behavioral Disorders

This post originally featured on the Psychiatry Advisor. HealthDay News — Children with behavioral disorders might fare better at school if they get some exercise during the day, according to a study published online Jan. 9 in Pediatrics. The researchers focused on children and teenagers with conditions that included autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder,

Children With Reading Difficulties Are At Elevated Risk For Mental Health Problems

This post originally featured on Curtin University  News. Curtin University researchers have identified and are examining potential research streams which could shed light on why children with reading difficulties are at increased risk of mental health problems. Growing literature indicates children with reading difficulties are at an elevated risk for both internalising