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The link between Depression and Physical Symptoms

Madhukar H. Trivedi, M.D.

Physical symptoms are common in depression, and, in fact, vague aches and pain are often the presenting
symptoms of depression. These symptoms include chronic joint pain, limb pain, back pain,

Published in Research

 

Trauma informed domeA Great Short Article by Mark Creamer

Professor Creamer is currently a Chief Investigator on a NHMRC Program Grant studying mental health following trauma.

While human beings have always known about the mental health effects of trauma, it was only in 1980 that the term post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, was coined. This acceptance spawned an explosion of research on the causes, vulnerabilities, and optimum treatments for PTSD.

We have since learnt a great deal about how to help people with this disabling and often chronic condition. Evidence-based treatment guidelines in Australia and the United Kingdom are consistent in their recommendation of “trauma-focused psychological treatment” as the first line approach for PTSD. Of these approaches, the strongest body of evidence supports an intervention known as “prolonged exposure”.

Published in Research
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 20:44

Eat to cheat Ageing

As ageing progresses, a diet full of balanced meals becomes even more important as a foundation for wellbeing. By Ngaire Hobbins

Food is comfort, food is joy, food is medicine.

Published in Research
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 20:28

New Study on the Ageing Brain

New research has bolstered evidence suggesting that one part of the human brain is better protected from ageing and cognitive deterioration than others. By Andrew Bracey

Published in Research
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 20:28

New Study on the Ageing Brain

New research has bolstered evidence suggesting that one part of the human brain is better protected from ageing and cognitive deterioration than others. By Andrew Bracey

Published in Research
Saturday, 09 August 2014 16:50

Combat Stress found to Persist

The wallCombat Stress Among Veterans

Is Found to Persist Since Vietnam

By BENEDICT CAREY: AUG. 7, 2014

 

                       

A veteran visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in November.

A study funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs tracked post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans of the era.

Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Most veterans who had persistent post-traumatic stress a decade or more after serving in the Vietnam War have shown surprisingly little improvement since then, and a large percentage have died, a new study finds, updating landmark research that began a generation ago.

Published in Research
Sunday, 03 August 2014 20:23

The Mystery of Mental Illness

The Current Status of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation as a Treatment for Depression

May 07, 2014 | Neuropsychiatry, Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation By William K. Silverstein, BMSc, Zafiris J. Daskalakis, MD, PhD, and Psychiatric Times

Major depressive disorder is a leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting an estimated 120 million people; the lifelong prevalence is 10% to 15%.1,2 Depression leads to severe morbidity and is the leading cause of suicide. An emerging problem in the treatment of depression is the development of treatment resistance. Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) occurs in 15% to 35% of depressed patients.3 In addition, TRD is associated with serious economic burden: the cost of treating TRD is 6 times higher than that of treating nonresistant depression.

Published in Research
Saturday, 02 August 2014 19:48

Sleep and Aging

Restful sleep is good for you at any age. But as we get older, our sleep patterns change. Here's what usually happens: less sleep with more interruptions and less time in deep sleep or dream sleep.

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Every person's sleep needs are different. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get 7 to 9 hours a night.

If you're getting less sleep than when you were younger but still feel rested and energetic during the day, it might just be that you now need less sleep than you used to.

But if your lack of sleep affects you during the day, then it's time to take action.  

Published in Research
Saturday, 02 August 2014 19:48

Sleep and Aging

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Restful sleep is good for you at any age. But as we get older, our sleep patterns change. Here's what usually happens: less sleep with more interruptions and less time in deep sleep or dream sleep.

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Every person's sleep needs are different. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get 7 to 9 hours a night.

If you're getting less sleep than when you were younger but still feel rested and energetic during the day, it might just be that you now need less sleep than you used to.

But if your lack of sleep affects you during the day, then it's time to take action.  

Published in Research
July 01, 2016

Partners of Veterans with PTSD

Jennifer L. Price, PhD & Susan P. Stevens, PsyD Introduction A number of studies have found that Veterans' PTSD symptoms can negatively impact family relationships and that family relationships may exacerbate or ameliorate a veteran's PTSD and comorbid… Read more...
February 21, 2016

Effects Of Repeated Deployment

The mental and physical health consequences of service in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom [OEF]) and Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom [OIF]) have been well documented. Studies report rates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among returning soldiers… Read more...
February 21, 2016

The Triangle Of Care

The essence of this document is to clearly identify the six key elements required to achieve better collaboration and partnership with carers in the service user and carer’s journey through a typical acute episode. For each element we suggest good practice… Read more...
February 21, 2016

Rwanda

This report presents the findings of the Rwanda Deployment Health Study, a Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) funded study conducted by the Centre for Australian Military and Veterans’ Health (CAMVH). The purpose of the study was to determine the health… Read more...
Feb 20, 2016

Who Cares For The Carer?

The Dunt Review 1 into mental health services in the Australian Defence Force (ADF)… Read more...
Feb 15, 2016

Stress, PTSD and Dementia

Stress, PTSD and Dementia Article Read more...
Jan 06, 2016

Suicide Research

Volume 10 - Suicide Research Read more...
Jan 04, 2016

Dunt Review Into Suicide

While there is evidence that military and similar institutionally-based ‘gatekeeper… Read more...
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Dec 22, 2015

Mothers in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO): the health impacts of maternal deployment to an area of operations

Mothers in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO): the health impacts of maternal… Read more...
girl trauma
Sep 25, 2015

How traumatic memories hide in the brain, and how to retrieve them

Some stressful experiences -- such as chronic childhood abuse -- are so traumatic, the… Read more...
girl trauma
Sep 25, 2015

How traumatic memories hide in the brain, and how to retrieve them

Some stressful experiences -- such as chronic childhood abuse -- are so traumatic, the… Read more...
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Jun 30, 2015

An good overview of Sensory Issues in Austism

Overview of Sensory Issues in Autism Read more...
Feb 16, 2015

The War at Home

The War at Home: Consequences of Loving a Veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars A… Read more...