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Movember Edition: Men's Mental Health

By Daniel Quin,

movember edition: men's mental health

It’s stating the obvious but men do experience work, school, relationship, and personal stress. What is concerning is approximately one in five Australians will experience mental symptoms, each year. 

For men and women the most common mental health problems are anxiety and depression. However, where men differ is their seeking of help for their wellbeing. Men are significantly less likely to...

Maintaining our Mental Health

By Kate Baxter,

maintaining our mental health

Why do we place so much more importance on our body than our mind? For comparison, look at two ways you manage your physical health – a visit to your GP versus working out at the gym. 

  

You go to a GP to treat a medical problem; you feel symptoms and seek treatment to return...

Taking pills out of the economy

Edited by Jill Wright,

What an interesting week. As the Prime Minister pledged more consultations and "good government", including a fresh look at savings on health spending, on Wednesday evening I attended a lecture at the State Library by visiting Danish medical researcher Professor Peter Gøtzsche, who as founder of the Nordic Cochrane Centre is devoted to establishing the...

The AMA and the chemical imbalance myth

Edited by Jill Wright,

The Australian Medical Association - the professional association for our doctors and medical students - says that it is committed to "enduring professional values, excellence in teaching and research and the delivery of high-quality health care to all".

You'd therefore expect, when it comes to giving advice to young people on mental health, that it would be particularly careful about...

Tell your brain to be smarter

Edited by Jill Wright,

You might remember, next time you congratulate a child for an achievement, that it's better to praise her effort, than to tell her how clever she is.

I learned to do this some years ago, and had long forgotten where, but it's encouraging to learn that research by a clinical psychologist studying the way the brain works supports this...

Psychologists' tips for passing exams

Edited by Jill Wright,

The New York Times is doing its best to help students get better results, with another article on the research of clinical psychologists which shows how most of the conventional strategies for remembering stuff you've learned don't help at all when it comes to exams.

If you want to get better exam results, says the article's author, Henry L. Roediger III,...

Psychologists and the pursuit of happiness

Edited by Jill Wright,

According to the British Psychological Society's Research Digest, it's time for psychologists toiling away in Melbourne, or for that matter anywhere else in Western countries, to take into account the fact that a lot of people actually don't want to be happy.

New Zealanders, for instance, actually fear happiness, having developed something of a national consensus that joy gets...

Seeds of better brain health

Edited by Jill Wright,

Interested in a healthier brain? You might want to listen to a Shrink Rap Radio interview with neuropsychologist Dr John Arden.

Arden's latest book, The Brain Bible, offers some scientifically-backed advice - as opposed to various fads and gadgets offered on the internet - on practical things you can do to improve and sustain your brain health, and...

Leave your brain alone

Edited by Jill Wright,

leave your brain alone

It's encouraging to discover that despite its name, Wired magazine actually isn't as enthusiastic as one might have imagined about the benefits of zapping one's brain with electricity.

Its plea for caution on the part of enthusiasts for transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) using comparatively inexpensive headsets is an admirable piece of common sense.

While the people who sell...

Psychology vs psychiatry ... and prescription drugs

Edited by Jill Wright,

psychology vs psychiatry ... and prescription drugs

Psychologists have always differed from psychiatrists in their attitudes to the use of prescription drugs. One study suggests that even as students, psychologists are more likely to regard psychiatric prescriptions as harmful and over-used.

Despite those reservations, however, psychologists have largely avoided public criticism of their medical colleagues' growing tendency to prescribe drugs to patients suffering from mental...