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.
The "bible" for mental health disorders is getting a much-needed update. It could reshape diagnosis and treatment for many sufferers, and not everyone is happy, writes Wes Mountain at The Citizen.
The nation's tax office has been accused of hiring psychiatrists to diagnose and even coerce complainants during legal disputes. Crikey's freedom of information requests and interviews reveal a worrying culture.
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".
Electroconvulsive therapy is arguably one of the best treatments for a range of mental health afflictions. But the stigma associated with it still "flows on to the practitioners like a skin-borne pathogen."
A case before the Bankstown Local Court, in which a 25-year-old woman is accused of stabbing her father and sister to death and seriously injuring her mother, has raised the issue of Scientology’s views on psychiatry.