Mental health first aid can be considered a ground breaking public education program. This program can help ordinary individuals with proper training to identify, understand, and respond to signs of ill mental health. Mental health first aid can be considered simply as extension of general first aid. The concept of first aid encompasses the assistance…

A new study conducted by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Naval Health Research Centre published in the July, 2013 issue of the journal SLEEP showed that military personnel who suffered from insomnia prior to deployment had a much greater chance of returning home with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety…

It is the time of the year when a hope for a better tomorrow sprouts in the hearts of individuals across the globe. New Years Eve is just around the corner and everyone is busy  making potent plans for their determined resolutions this year. However, on this occasion most people fail to plan regarding a…

Sleep disorders are considered common as they affect millions of people worldwide every year, and 1.5 million people in Australia alone. A person suffering from a sleep disorder will find that his sleeping patterns affect his daily activities, quality of life and the ability to have good mental health. These disorders can have a negatively…

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)/ Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a common neuropsychiatric and behavioural disorder of childhood onset. The prevalence of ADHD/ADD in children is high; it is the most frequently observed neurobehavioral problem in the paediatric age group. Prevalence rates have been estimated to range between 2% and 15%, and boys are affected…

  The ABS national survey of Mental Health and Well-being has estimated that the annual cost of mental illnesses in Australia has been estimated at around $20 billion. Mental illness has the third highest type of disease that people suffer from in Australia. With such a huge cost on our society and its prevalence, it’s time…

The diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders is the standard classification of mental and health disorders that is used by professionals for diagnostic and research purposes. DSM, also known as the ‘mental health bible’, is what psychiatrists use to render an official diagnosis. The draft for DSM V has been submitted and it will…