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1st June, 2012


Asylum seekers face new mental illness

Australian researchers have identified a mental health syndrome they say is unique to asylum seekers living in the community. Protracted asylum seeker syndrome is affecting people outside detention who have repeatedly had their applications for refugee status rejected, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ Congress in Hobart has been told.

 

 

Men’s poor mental health costs economy $3bn

Mental health problems among young men are robbing workplaces of nine million working days and costing the Australian economy more than $3 billion every year, according to a report that argues employers could play a greater role in tackling the problem.

 

 

 

Depression later in life linked to Alzeimer’s

Depression occurring for the first time late in life could be reflecting a prodromal stage of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers say. A long-running, large US study found depressive symptoms that occur in both midlife and late life are linked with an increased risk of developing dementia.

 

 

 

Courts under fire in mental health row

Mental illnesses are being exploited by some defence lawyers to reduce sentences for people found guilty of serious offences, despite a lack of evidence linking the ailments to criminal behaviour, mental health experts say.

 

 

 

Sleepwalking linked to depression and anxiety

About 1.1 million adults in the U.S. — or 3.6 percent of the nation’s adult population — are prone to sleepwalking, according to new research from the Stanford University School of Medicine. The research also showed an association between sleepwalking and psychiatric disorders, such as depression and anxiety.

 

 

 

Key mental health care urged in infants

Improved mental-health services for children up to five years of age will help keep them in school, out of trouble and eventually out of prison, a psychiatrists’ congress in Hobart has been told.

 

 

 

 

App sines light on patient moods

A digital tool that prompts users to share their daily thoughts is helping to strengthen links between therapists and clients. Using simple text messaging, the tool allows service users to keep a daily diary of what they are doing and how they are feeling, and helps to identify and reinforce positive behaviours to aid their recovery.

 

 

Children say mums and dads working too hard

Children are concerned their parents are working too much, with a new study of 10- and 11-year-olds showing 35 per cent think their father works too much, while 27 per cent said the same about their mothers.