your mind, your news


1st September 2012


Parents with mental illness ashamed to ask for help

A new study by the national mental health charity SANE Australia, reveals many parents with a mental illness raising children lack support from health professionals and school staff, and they feel ashamed to ask for help.




Family key to youth drug abuse recovery

Young people are more likely to recover from drug and alcohol problems if they can resolve any conflicts with their families, a snapshot of Victorian youth shows.




Spirituality correlates to better mental heath

Despite differences in rituals and beliefs among the world’s major religions, spirituality often enhances mental health regardless of a person’s faith, according to University of Missouri researchers.




Good foods boost moods

New research reveals that some common foods enhance moods with a striking similarity to valproic acid, a widely used prescription mood-stabilizing drug.





Teens divert ADHD meds to streets

Some teenage ADHD patients are passing their medications on to illicit drug users, researchers have warned prescribers.





Doctor reveals positivity is more effective with addiction

Dr. Mate recommends using positivity or positive psychology rather than punishment because of the history of an addict’s life. He concludes that an addict’s past was filled with unpleasant and tough situations and being harsh and demanding to an addict has no effect.




Chronic stress heightens stroke risk

Ambitious and stress-prone type A personalities are more than twice as likely to have a stroke than their more relaxed counterparts, anew study says.





Australian movie challenges ‘mental’ stereotypes

The creators of a new Australian feature film hope the comedy will challenge stereotypes about mental illness.





Falling in love triggers bipolar episodes

Triggers for a manic or hypomanic episode in young adult patients with bipolar disorder range from falling in love to going on holidays, while triggers for depression include life stress and reduced physical exercise, a study at Sydney’s Black Dog Institute has concluded.




Untreated mental illness could cost lives

The shootings at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin and at the movie theater during the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo., remind us that mental illness is not only a personal problem, but, untreated, can cost a nation more than just insurance premiums; it costs lives and causes trauma.