Topic archives: mental illness

‘Dizziness, nausea, headaches, confusion’: what life is like without mental health medication on Manus

November 16, 2017 6

Alongside starvation, the Australian government is condemning refugees to psychiatric horror by removing access to mental health medication.

How we are failing mentally ill prisoners

May 31, 2017 1

Prisoners are not receiving adequate mental health care, with sometimes fatal consequences.

No, Beyondblue, we do not need more awareness about mental health

No, Beyondblue, we do not need more awareness about mental health

April 21, 2016 44

If you don't have a mental illness, you don't need more "awareness" of a condition you don't have.

You cannot heal the sick through tolerance and understanding

You cannot heal the sick through tolerance and understanding

April 23, 2015 10

The greatest hurdle to treatment for mental illness is, in most cases, the lack of it. And feel-good "RUOK" campaigns are not going to fix the problem.

Rundle: ‘depression confessional’ culture obscures the true nature of mental illness

Rundle: ‘depression confessional’ culture obscures the true nature of mental illness

April 2, 2015 30

Mia Freedman's original confessional on her anxiety, coupled with her supporters' follow-up commentary, display a profound lack of understanding of the historical and social causes of depression and anxiety.

Rundle: Latham’s twisted fantasy echoes Labor’s disconnect

Rundle: Latham’s twisted fantasy echoes Labor’s disconnect

March 10, 2015 17

A film about a high-flying ego brought down by delusions of omnipotence? No wonder Birdman has Latham feeling anxious.

Razer: Latham’s right, mental illness does discriminate

Razer: Latham’s right, mental illness does discriminate

March 10, 2015

Mark Latham has declared mental illness to be a largely imagined problem of the bored middle class. He is right that some socioeconomic groups are more likely to be affected, but the finer details escape him.

Razer: mentally ill need adequate services, not a feel-good ABC campaign

Razer: mentally ill need adequate services, not a feel-good ABC campaign

October 14, 2014

The ABC's Mental As campaign made some celebrities feel very nice about themselves, but there was not a whisper about the inadequate healthcare to treat mental illness.

Razer’s Class Warfare: reducing depression’s ‘stigma’ is cheap, stupid policy

Razer’s Class Warfare: reducing depression’s ‘stigma’ is cheap, stupid policy

March 27, 2014 30

Some Australians still think depression is not a disease. But who cares? Instead of trying to change their minds, let's change our policy and funding, and provide some proper treatment.

Mental illnesses in the DSM are more politics than science

May 23, 2013 7

Mental illness has surpassed back pain as the most common cause of disability. But as psychiatrist and writer Tanveer Ahmed writes, it's not as easy to diagnose as the DSM might have you believe.

A call for meaningful action: previewing national mental health summit

May 23, 2013

On any given day, a person with serious mental illness is twice as likely to die. A national meeting tomorrow will be the first of its kind -- and all eyes will be watching how the money is doled out, writes Mark Ragg.

Life with psychotic illness — new developments, more questions

November 24, 2011 2

People are living in the community with a chronic mental illness, but are not necessarily being hospitalised, writes Sandy Jeffs, a Melbourne author and SANE Australia speaker

Using technology to help young people and ‘mental wealth’

Using technology to help young people and ‘mental wealth’

August 22, 2011

Receiving quality mental health care at the right time is uncommon. Mental health can be both an economic and moral issue, and exciting technological possibilities exist with which it can be combated, writes Jane Burns.

Why pot really is making kids sick: the new scientific link

Why pot really is making kids sick: the new scientific link

February 8, 2011 29

Cannabis use accelerates the onset of psychotic illnesses, according to a new study. Meta-analysis of data collected over 30 years, from over 20,000 patients, concludes the "age at onset of psychosis for cannabis users was 2.7 years younger than for nonusers".

Mental health behind bars (part two): why women prisoners are set up to fail

December 9, 2010

Incidents of mental illness in our prison system are disproportionately high -- particularly among female inmates. In part two of a special report into the NSW female prison population, Inga Ting examines how they find themselves behind bars and why they are disadvantaged while they are there...

Mental health behind bars: why women prisoners are set up to fail

December 8, 2010

Incidents of mental illness in our prison system are disproportionately high -- particularly among female inmates. In part one of a special report into the NSW female prison population, Inga Ting examines how they find themselves behind bars and why they are disadvantaged while they are there.

Why leadership is a form of mental illness

September 24, 2010

Dilbert founder Scott Adams explains why leaders around the world are "undeniably bat-spit crazy". Basically every country who is an enemy is crazy. And every country -- apart from Switzerland -- has enemies, so all leaders must be crazy. Geddit?

Why we need to stop saying the word ‘retarded’

February 16, 2010

We need a new civil rights movement, writes chairman of the Special Olympics, Timothy Shriver, and this time its to crush the rampant prejudices held against people with mental illness. 'Retard' shouldn't be a hilarious insult for your friends.

The befuddling world of brains: left or right?

January 16, 2010

High school science classes taught you that the left and right handed sides of the brain are very different, but in reality they are far more entwined and reliant on each other. So what happens when you add mental illness or brain injury to one hemisphere?

China fails to live up to its aspirations

December 30, 2009

If China wants to be regarded as a civilised and important nation than it shouldn't execute foreign citizens who are suffering mental illness, like it did with Akmal Shaikh, writes George Pitcher.