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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.