Feeling down: when does a mood become a disorder?

By Gordon Parker and Amelia Paterson We’ve all felt sad, anxious or down at one time or another, but where does the normal experience of emotion end and the clinical picture of a mood or anxiety disorder begin? Psychiatry has two widely used...

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Positive Change – Investing in Mental Health

Mental health awareness and well being strategies are urgent public concerns. Mental illness has the third highest burden of disease in Australia with approximately 45% of adults experiencing a mental illness at some stage of their lives...

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Second Opinion – Bipolar Diagnosis

As he struggled for decades with a depression that often left him despondent, Eric Wilson never thought to get a second opinion. “This might be true of many of us,” he said. “We feel we have more ownership of what we see as our...

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