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Fears Some People With Mental Illness Will Fall Through NDIS Cracks

This post originally featured on ABC News. Urgent action is needed to ensure there is adequate support for people who have a mental illness and are not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), mental health service providers say. Money from a number of federal programs is being rolled into the

Depression Medication Linked to Increased Risk of ICH

December 19, 2016 This article originally appeared on Neurology Advisor. Share this content: Caution should be taken when prescribing high-strength SSRIs, particularly in combination with anticoagulant therapies. Risk of intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) associated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) increases with the strength of the agent used (ICH), according to results from a large-scale

Treating ASD With Theater: Interview with Expert Dr Blythe Corbett

December 16, 2016 Share this content: Theater provides opportunities for youth with ASD to improve communication and social skills. Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) is “characterized by impairment in social competence as well as restricted interests and behaviors.”1 These deficits, which many consider to be lifelong and resistant to treatment, manifest across multiple domains.2

Switching Antidepressants During Nonresponse May Be Ineffective

December 14, 2016 Share this content: Adults with major depressive disorder who are nonresponsive to treatment may not benefit from switching antidepressant. One of the biggest challenges in assessing the treatment of major depression is antidepressant effectiveness. All antidepressants share a high rate of nonresponse, which often leads clinical practitioners to switch the

Hypnotherapy Trial Reduces Pain And Anxiety In Children With Burns

A world-first study has found medical hypnosis can reduce pain and anxiety in children being treated for serious burns.  The University of Queensland's Child Health Research Centre (CHRC) analysed whether hypnotherapy decreased pain, anxiety, and stress for children undergoing potentially painful changes to their burns dressings. UQ medical student and PhD candidate

Sport Psychiatry: An Emerging Specialty

December 06, 2016 Share this content: The development of the psyche of an athlete typically begins in childhood and evolves through the life cycle. Sport psychiatry “focuses on diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric illness in athletes, in addition to utilization of psychological approaches to enhance performance.”1 “Sport psychiatry, as a formal discipline, is relatively