mental health

friendships

A study claiming "only half your friends like you" made headlines last week. But the data support a humbler, and perhaps happier, story.

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The largest randomised control trial to evaluate the effectiveness of ketamine as a new treatment for major depression has begun across Australia and New Zealand.

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Experts are calling for national mental health care standards to help address the significant emotional toll faced by the 65,000 Australians living with congenital heart disease.

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Crucial opportunities to manage bipolar disorder are being missed because people showing symptoms are waiting an average of six years before diagnosis and treatment, a new study shows.

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Three out of four dementia patients in nursing homes who are prescribed antipsychotic drugs to control their symtpoms do not need them, a UNSW-led trial has shown.

Mental health prize

A national search is underway to find six Australians who have made the most outstanding contributions to the promotion of mental health or the prevention and treatment of mental illness.

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An Australian study has found suicide risk assessments of mental health patients give results only slightly better than chance, prompting calls for a review of the way treatment resources are allocated.

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Mental health treatment for the 135,000 people in New South Wales living with an intellectual disability is set to improve, thanks to a world-first manual to guide mental health professionals.

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Genetic testing for children should only be considered where there are clear medical benefits, say UNSW researchers, who've found the potential harmful effects of testing on children’s mental health remains largely unknown.

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For the first time scientists have identified genetic markers that can predict whether a patient will respond to bipolar disorder medication, providing new insight into how mood stabilising drugs work.

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