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Facebook addiction more likely in men?

MEN may be more likely than women to become Facebook addicts, according to Australian researchers.

Suicide high among young men in construction

Suicide high among young men in construction

THE rate of suicide among young men in the construction industry in Australia is almost 2.5 times the national average.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation for depression?

PSYCHIATRISTS are waiting on a decision from the Medicare Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) which may open up a whole new era in the treatment of depression in Australia.

Evidence lacking for opioids

OPIOID prescribing for chronic non-cancer pain continues to rise despite poor knowledge about the long-term effectiveness of the drugs on pain, say researchers from the National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC).

Hope for long-term heroin addiction

Hope for long-term heroin addiction

A LANDMARK Australian study on heroin addiction shows there’s still hope for a cure even after a decade of maintenance therapy.

‘Shoot yourself’: GP dares Nitschke to pull the trigger

‘Shoot yourself’: GP dares Nitschke to pull the trigger

VOLUNTARY euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke has complained to the Queensland Health Ombudsman about an email he received on Sunday night from a Townsville GP urging him to shoot himself in the head.

Nitschke suspended in 'midnight assassination'

Nitschke suspended in 'midnight assassination'

EUTHANASIA campaigner Dr Philip Nitschke has called a Medical Board of Australia decision to suspend him a "dirty midnight assassination," and announced plans to appeal.

Nitschke defends decision not to refer suicidal man

Nitschke defends decision not to refer suicidal man

SUPPORT given by Dr Philip Nitschke to a 45-year-old able-bodied man with depression who committed suicide was “reprehensible”, according to beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett.

Ketamine effective in depression, Aussie researchers discover

Ketamine effective in depression, Aussie researchers discover

KETAMINE may be effective in relieving symptoms of depression, according to Australian researchers conducting pilot trials of the drug in patients resistant to other therapies.

Depression in heart disease ups mortality

PEOPLE with heart disease who develop depression are four times more likely to die within six months compared to patients without depression, research suggests.

GPs too busy to deal with depression?

GPs too busy to deal with depression?

GPs are increasingly seen in a positive light when dealing with patients’ depression, but many people still believe GPs are too busy to deal with depression, according to a new report from beyondblue.

Saliva test to identify depression in teen boys

A SALIVA test for teenage boys with mild symptoms of depression could help identify those who will later develop major depression, according to a new study.

Fish oil for elderly may delay dementia and depression

Fish oil for elderly may delay dementia and depression

OMEGA-3 supplements may help prevent depression and dementia in the elderly, preliminary results from a University of Sydney study has shown.

Suicide risk high in teen alopecia patients

Suicide risk high in teen alopecia patients

TEENAGE boys diagnosed with alopecia areata may be at particular risk of self-harm and psychological distress, a Melbourne dermatologist has warned.

The drunk who loved me: James Bond myth shaken up

JAMES Bond liked his vodka martinis “shaken, not stirred” because he was afflicted with alcoholic tremor, UK specialists have concluded in a study of the spy’s drinking habits.

Drug dependence in detained youth high

Drug dependence in detained youth high

THE rate of detention of young offenders may be dropping but those serving time in detention have a higher rate of substance dependence and poor mental health according to two new reports.

GPs look for somatic features of depression

GPs look for somatic features of depression

MORE weight is given to physical rather than emotional symptoms in the diagnosis of depression by GPs, Australian data shows.

Stress rising: Young people worst off

Stress rising: Young people worst off

AUSTRALIAN employees are suffering high levels of stress, a survey reveals.

Patients keep GPs in the dark over serious heart symptoms

Patients keep GPs in the dark over serious heart symptoms

PATIENTS with severe undiagnosed symptoms of heart disease are the least likely to discuss them with their GP, research has found.

Work-life balance more likely to cause conflict for women

ALMOST half of doctors have experienced recent conflicts between work and home responsibilities, with women more likely to experience conflict than men, US data shows.

Truckies’ diet endangers everyone

Truckies’ diet endangers everyone

A FIFTH of truckies have blood pressure in the extremely high range, are taking medications for depression and are extremely obese, data from a charity to support them shows.

World-first trial of online suicide prevention program launched

World-first trial of online suicide prevention program launched

A WORLD first clinical trial of an online program designed to help people deal with “unhelpful thoughts” has been launched to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.

Double PTSD in defence force personnel in Middle East

BEING deployed to the Middle East has doubled the rates of psychological distress, PTSD, alcohol disorders and suicidal thoughts among defence force personnel post-deployment, a study shows.

Collins must reconsider stance: Phelps

FORMER AMA president Dr Kerryn Phelps has taken new mental health minister Jacinta Collins to task within days of her appointment, saying she must reverse her opposition to gay marriage as it is “incompatible” with the role.

Pain linked to risk of suicide

Pain linked to risk of suicide

BACK pain and migraine are associated with an increased risk of death from suicide that is independent of psychiatric diagnoses, new US data reveals.

Pain linked to risk of suicide

Pain linked to risk of suicide

BACK pain and migraine are associated with an increased risk of death from suicide that is independent of psychiatric diagnoses, new US data reveals.

Stroke risk double in depressed

Stroke risk double in depressed

DEPRESSED middle-aged women in Australia have almost double the risk of stroke, a study suggests.

GP treatment could be lifesaving

GP treatment could be lifesaving

ONE in 10 primary care patients with depression attempt suicide within five years, but the risk is confined almost exclusively to major depressive episodes (MDE), a study shows.

Push to screen for depression in heart disease patients

THE National Heart Foundation wants all patients presenting with coronary heart disease (CHD) to be screened for depression.

Sleep difficulty leads to increased risk of depression

YOUNG women in their 20s who have difficulty sleeping are at risk of depression during the next decade of their life, new Australian research shows.

Online mood disorder tool gives vital info

AN AUSTRALIAN-developed online mood disorders diagnostic tool can elicit vital information from patients and encourage disclosure of symptoms, according to analysis of data from 16,000 users.

‘Alarming’ number of carers contemplate suicide

‘Alarming’ number of carers contemplate suicide

AN “ALARMING” one quarter of people caring for a family member with dementia have contemplated committing suicide, an Australian study shows.

Online mood tool a time-saver for GPs

AN AUSTRALIAN-developed online mood disorders diagnostic tool can elicit vital information from patients and encourage disclosure of symptoms, according to analysis of data from 16,000 users.

Mental health survey needs doctors' support

AUSTRALIAN doctors and medical students are being urged to get involved in what is understood to be the largest mental health survey of its kind ever undertaken.

GPs 'vital' in preventing suicide in older men

GPs 'vital' in preventing suicide in older men

GPs have a vital role in curbing high rates of suicide among older men, according to a leading psychiatrist.

Doctors to take part in mental health survey

HALF of Australia’s doctors and medical students – including every doctor in a regional area – will be surveyed in one of the biggest ever studies of medical professionals’ mental health.

Diabetes patients' emotional distress not monitored routinely

DESPITE international guidelines recommending the routine monitoring of wellbeing in people with diabetes it is not commonplace and relies on the enthusiasm of individual clinicians, an expert says.

Doctors, med students to take part in biggest ever mental health survey

HALF of Australia’s doctors and medical students – including every doctor in a regional area – will be surveyed in one of the biggest ever studies of medical professionals’ mental health.

Caution over SSRI use in infertility and pregnancy

Caution over SSRI use in infertility and pregnancy

PRESCRIBING SSRIs in pregnancy and for women struggling with infertility is fraught with risk, researchers say after a literature review.

Fear of discrimination a barrier for depressed patients

PEOPLE with depression may experience similar levels of discrimination from family and friends to patients with schizophrenia, research suggests.

$16.4m ‘virtual’ mental health clinic to be launched

THE federal government will launch later this year a $16.4 million ‘virtual’ clinic which it hopes will increase patient access to phone and online support services for mental health.

Indigenous suicide rates ‘tragic, unacceptable’

SUICIDE rates among Indigenous Australians are tragic and unacceptable, the national depression and anxiety initiative beyondblue said today.

Med dropouts due to depression, finances

RESEARCHERS have urged universities and governments to review existing psychological and financial supports for medical students following a study indicating the two issues are the most common reasons for student dropout.

OSA prevalence soars with majority undiagnosed

A RESPIRATORY physician has called for wider screening for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) among men older than 40 after a study revealed most cases are undiagnosed.

Depression and financial stress leading causes of med school dropouts

Depression and financial stress leading causes of med school dropouts

RESEARCHERS have urged universities and governments to review existing psychological and financial supports for medical students following a study indicating the two issues are the most common reasons for student dropout.

Surveillance increasing for early prostate cancer

ALMOST half of men diagnosed with low risk prostate cancer are being treated with surveillance only, new Australian figures show, amid continued controversy about PSA testing.

Study finds exercise ineffective in alleviating depressive symptoms

Study finds exercise ineffective in alleviating depressive symptoms

ADVICE to increase a patient’s physical activity is not an effective strategy to reduce symptoms of depression, according to new research.

Exercise ineffective in reducing depression

ADVICE to increase a patient’s physical activity is not an effective strategy to reduce symptoms of depression, according to new research.

Better Access failing to reach half of most needy

LESS than half of patients with chronic, recurrent depression are receiving specialist care – a fact researchers from the Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) say illustrates the failings of the Better Access system.

Mums with depression more likely to wake babies at night

DEPRESSED mothers are more likely than mothers with low levels of depressive symptoms to wake their infants at night, a study has found.

Chronic disease risk factors rife among Aussies

Chronic disease risk factors rife among Aussies

MOST Australians have at least one preventable risk factor in their lifestyle that could lead to chronic disease, according to a new report.

Insufficient red meat can lead to depression, anxiety in women

Insufficient red meat can lead to depression, anxiety in women

CONSUMPTION of an optimum amount of lean red meat may be good for mental health, Australian researchers suggest after a study in more than 1000 women.

Fetal growth affected by SSRIs in pregnancy

A STUDY of pregnant women taking SSRIs for depression has found an improvement in their depressive symptoms but reduced fetal head growth and a higher risk for preterm birth in their offspring.

School screening for depression mooted

SCHOOL-based delivery of screening for early signs of depression in adolescents would be a cost-effective move in Australia, health economists say.

Finding out if kids are depressed makes good financial sense

SCREENING adolescents for signs of depression – and then providing a psychological intervention where needed – represents good value for money, according to a study by Australian heath economists.

Magic mushrooms to tackle depression

Magic mushrooms to tackle depression

CLINICAL trials of magic mushroom therapy for depression could be underway by the end of the year after promising preliminary studies.

Patients with psychosis turning to their GPs

Patients with psychosis turning to their GPs

PATIENTS with a psychotic illness are relying on their GPs to manage their psychosis as well as other mental health conditions, new Australian data suggest.

Young flood victims hit by depression

THE children of families fighting for flood insurance payouts are showing disturbing signs of depression, a federal inquiry has been told. Flood victims' health was being put at risk, with some having no choice but to continue living in damaged homes for months before insurance assessors arrived, the inquiry heard this week in Toowoomba, west of Brisbane. The inquiry is looking at how the insurance industry handled claims during Queensland's summer of natural disasters. Lockyer Valley Flood Recovery coordinator Derek Pingel told the hearing antidepressant medication was being prescribed to ...

Study shows how to beat depression - literally

MUSIC therapy involving improvisation with percussion instruments and drums is a useful adjunct to drugs and counselling, psychiatrists say.

Need for adult-onset early psychosis programs

RESEARCH is lacking on patients who present with early psychosis as adults compared with the many studies about youth-onset psychosis, an expert says. Dr Ajit Selvendra, consultant psychiatrist at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, presented data at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ recent annual meeting in Darwin on the characteristics of older patients presenting with early psychosis to the hospital’s Early Psychosis Program. He said that more than half the patients with early psychosis presenting to the program, which accepts patients aged between 16 and 65 years, were aged over 25 years. Older ...

Alcohol large part of life for Aussie men

MORE than half of Australian males from as young as 14 years are drinking alcohol either daily or weekly, an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report says. In 2007, 58% of men surveyed were consuming alcohol either daily or weekly, with males aged 20–29 years most likely to be weekly drinkers and those over 60 most likely to drink alcohol daily, the report, The Health of Australia’s Males , found. Six per cent of the men surveyed drank alcohol at levels placing them at risk, and 4% at high risk, said the report, released ...

Depressed dads also need support in parenting role

EXPERTS are recommending doctors screen fathers with young children for depression, after their study showed good mental health in dads was important for optimal child health and development. An analysis of data from more than 1700 interviews with fathers of one-year-old children found that those with depression were four times more likely to spank their child, and half as likely to read to their child, as non-depressed dads.  The majority of dads with depression (82%) also reported talking with their child’s doctor in the previous year, giving doctors the opportunity to engage fathers and refer them for ...

Pregnancy depression screening plan criticised

GUIDELINES recommending pregnant women be screened twice for depression using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) are continuing to attract criticism from experts. Controversy erupted over the issue last year with the release of draft beyond­blue guidelines, but the advice remains in the final NHMRC-endorsed document. The clinical guidelines on depression and related disorders in the perinatal period suggest all women complete the EPDS at least once, “preferably twice”, both antenatally and post­natally. The advice is listed as a ‘good practice point’, indicating that evidence is lacking or limited and it is based on lower ...

Diabetes for life

A recent child suicide has highlighted the difficulties faced by kids with chronic conditions like diabetes. Kate Woods asks, are we focusing too much on the physical targets at the expense of the children’s mental wellbeing?

Putting a price on wellbeing

Is economic strength the only way to measure a country’s success? The UK thinks not and will start to measure wellbeing within the population. Should Australia follow suit? Kathryn Eccles reports.

Swiss support network for distressed doctors

A program to help doctors dealing with burn-out or depression is being rolled out nationally across Switzerland. After a successful three-year pilot phase in two regions in Switzerland, the support network ReMed (Rete Medicorum) will be available nationally to doctors struggling with burn-out, emotional exhaustion, depression and other forms of stress. Doctors who contacted ReMed primarily experienced burn-out and depression (43%), followed by practice and everyday life problems (32%), addiction (13%), feelings of guilt following a professional error, inability to work following an accident, post-traumatic stress and legal proceedings (12%).  Surprisingly, a quarter of the doctors ...

My journey

My journey

Melbourne GP Dr Naomi Harris, 31, knows first hand what it’s like to battle severe depression. She courageously shares her very personal story.

ADHD in kids raises depression and suicide risk

CHILDREN aged 4-6 years with ADHD may be at increased risk of depression, dysthymia and suicide later in life, research reveals. Compared to their peers, children with ADHD had a four times greater risk of depression and three times the risk of suicidal ideation or attempts. Researchers followed two cohorts of US children with ADHD through to age 18 for the study.They found 18.4% of those with early ADHD made at least one suicide attempt compared to 5.7% of matched controls. Those with several concurrent disorders, such as depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder and/or conduct disorder, ...

Fish oil not protective for PND

WHILE many benefits have been suggested for a diet rich in omega-3 fish oils, Australian researchers say there is no evidence that they reduce the risk of postpartum depression or boost newborns’ cognitive development. The five year double-blind randomised trial of 2399 women found n-3 oils did not reduce depression rates any more than did intake of vegetable oil capsules. They also did not improve cognition or language development in the offspring of users at 18 months of age. The study’s lead author, Maria Makrides, professor of human nutrition at ...

The need for sleep

Just what is the optimal amount of sleep and how does too little or too much affect us? Lynnette Hoffman finds out.

Many doctors battling depression on their own

IT appears that many doctors are heeding the words ‘physician heal thyself’ with Australian research suggesting while they have similar rates of depression and anxiety to the general population, doctors are considerably less likely to seek help, and more likely to commit suicide. Self-prescription of sedatives and benzodiazepines also remains relatively common, beyondblue research shows. The review of 86 doctors’ health studies is thought to be one of the largest in this area – although few of the papers were Australian. There was also almost no literature on how best to treat depression and anxiety in ...

Medico-legal matters cause doctors the most anxiety

INVOLVEMENT in medico-legal processes is one of the biggest predictors of psychiatric morbidity among doctors, Australian research has shown, prompting experts to call for greater education on the issue. A study of nearly 3000 medical practitioners found that of all work-related factors, dealing with a current medico-legal matter was most associated with psychiatric morbidity – more so than long working hours or lack of holidays.  Lead researcher Dr Louise Nash, psychiatrist at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry, said that given the research also found that 65% of doctors would be involved in medico-legal matters at some point ...

Managing mental illness and substance abuse

Treatment of co-existing disorders can be challenging but brief counselling works.

Quick two-question tool to screen for depression in primary care

A SIMPLE two-question approach offers a convenient and effective first-line screen for depression in primary care, researchers say. A study of 2642 general practice patients in New Zealand found the two-question Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-2) had good sensitivity of 86%, although specificity was “poor” at 78 per cent. The PHQ-2 – comprising the first two questions from the longer PHQ-9 – asks patients whether they have experienced depression or lack of pleasure in the past two weeks.  Those who score two or more out of six on the PHQ-2 – 26% of those in the study ...

Benefit of depression education fades over time in elderly

EDUCATING older adults about depression could help keep the black dog at bay but only temporarily, Australian research shows. Over-60s who took part in a two-year mental health literacy program showed improvements in depressive symptoms after six weeks, but the benefits were lost by six months. Other preventive attempts to stave off depression also failed: neither promotion of physical activity, nor supplementation with folic acid and vitamin B12 alleviated distress in a trial of 909 adults with elevated but sub-threshold depressive symptoms. Despite the setback – especially to hopes of a benefit from  dietary supplementation – ...

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Study ignites debate on treatment of resistant depression in teenagers

A SWIFT and decisive change of therapy could hold the key to addressing treatment resistant depression in teenagers. Data from the US Treatment of Resistant Depression in Adolescents (TORDIA) trial of 334 adolescents aged 12 to 18 showed that switching treatment regimens helped around 40% to achieve remission within six months. Most of those who achieved remission, however, had already done so by 12 weeks – prompting the authors to recommend early intervention in non­responders.  Australian experts welcomed the addition to a sparse area of research but were divided in their opinions of the study. ...

Depressed men still dying early despite treatment

Depressed men still dying early despite treatment

NEW research has reaffirmed the poor health outcomes faced by depressed Australian men and the limitations of current treatments. Six-year follow-up of more than 5000 older men in Perth (aged 68 to 88 years) revealed high mortality rates among those with depression, with the most severely depressed more than three times as likely to die as men without depression.  Treatment with antidepressants did not reduce mortality and may have even increased it, although one expert said it was unclear whether this was an effect of the treatment itself. Antidepressant use was linked to a 30% independent ...

The depressing truth on intern hours

WORKING long hours as a medical intern really does increase the risk of depression, despite previous claims to the contrary. A new US study has reaffirmed the strikingly high rates of depression in medical interns but, for the first time, has linked this directly to the number of hours worked. Earlier work had pointed to less tangible factors such as perceived working conditions as being more important contributors. Now, in the largest prospective study of its kind, researchers followed 740 interns at 13 hospitals, with assessments performed every three months. Depression rates soared from 3.9% ...

Hormones in menopausal depression queried

Hormones in menopausal depression queried

EXPERTS remain divided over the link between hormones and mental health, after a major study showed testosterone was the only hormone implicated in perimenopausal depression. Following more than 3000 women for eight years, US researchers found that levels of other hormones had little bearing on depression outcomes, despite previous work implicating estradiol, follicle-­stimulating hormone and dehydroepian­drosterone. Even the association with testosterone was modest, with high levels linked to a 15% increased risk of depression. Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, director of the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, said the findings were at odds with previous research, which linked ...

Adverse birth outcomes linked to rise in antidepressant use

CONCERN is growing over the use of antidepressants in pregnancy, as the list of adverse birth outcomes linked to the drugs continues to lengthen.   A large Australian study has for the first time linked the SSRI citalopram to a significantly increased risk of vesico-ureteric reflux (VUR) in children.   Children born to mothers taking citalopram in the first trimester were eight times as likely to have VUR compared to controls. They were also more likely to be born prematurely, have birth length under 50cm, need resuscitation at birth and to be hospitalized in the first ...

The down side of diabetes

The down side of diabetes

How much of a role does depression play in diabetes? Kate Woods looks at which entity comes first and how it affects treatment.

Having a little faith can help elderly beat the blues

ELDERLY people with a strong commitment to religious beliefs may be less likely to experience depression, an Australian study shows. Researchers examined 94 patients admitted to a psychogeriatric unit with major depression and reviewed them at six, 12 and 24 months. They found the one-third of the patients defined as having intrinsic religiosity (that is, a strong commitment to and motivation by religious beliefs) were more likely to have lower depression scores over time than others. The effect was independent of social support and was consistent across the three reviews. The authors, Dr Vahid Payman, ...

Regular indoor tanning a bona fide addiction: experts

FREQUENT indoor tanning may be classified as an addiction for a sizeable number of users, and should be addressed in new skin cancer prevention strategies, US experts believe.  A study of 421 university students found among those who used indoor tanning facilities, 39% met DSM-IV criteria for substance-related addiction, while 30.6% met the criteria for addictive behaviour based on responses to the CAGE [Cut down, Annoyed, Guilty, Eye-opener] questionnaire used to screen for alcoholism. Indoor tanners with addictive behaviour also reported greater use of alcohol, marijuana and other substances and twice the rate of moderate to severe ...

Pinpointing chronic fatigue

Two decades after chronic fatigue syndrome was defined, the illness continues to baffle doctors and wreak havoc on patients’ lives. Rosemarie Milsom looks at some of the theories behind the origin of the condition.

Heavy Internet use associated with increased risk of depression

BEING considered dependent on the Internet, particularly for socialising, is clearly linked with depression, especially among younger people, researchers say. A total of 1319 people (mean age 21 years), completed an Internet use questionnaire, along with the Beck Depression Inventory, with 1.2% identified as Internet dependent. Those addicted to the Internet were found to be moderately to severely depressed, compared to those not addicted, who all scored in the non-depressed range. However, the researchers said it was not possible to determine if depressed people were drawn to the Internet or if excessive Internet use made people more ...

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