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Addiction  treatment is planned to help individuals stop compulsive  drug seeking which occurs despite obvious evidence of harm. Treatment can occur in a variety of settings, take many different forms, and last for different lengths of time. Because addiction is a chronic relapsing condition, lapses (short term)......

Addiction is a brain disease that involves changes to brain structure and function. That is why a decision to stop using is so often ineffective and psychological treatments are only part of the solution. So are there any drugs that help? Ameisen, a French Cardiologist......

“To the extent that we respond to the health needsof the most vulnerable among us, we do the most topromote the health of the nation.”—David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., former U.S.Surgeon General (News Hour, Jan. 21, 2002 ) Co-occurring mental disorder and addiction are so common......

Creativity can help reduce stress and anxiety, increase positive emotions and improve selfesteem. The winter months can leave you feeling particularly tired and uninspired. It may seem like there is little you can do to get through it and it’s just something you need to......

Farmers frustrated by the mental health puzzle. Suicide rates are 40% higher outside metro areas and higher again among the agricultural community. Bob Katter claims “A Farmer dies by suicide every four days”. This is hard to provide one way or the other due to......

Psychological Therapies and Medications, Which should I use, when should I use them ? Anxiety and depression are so common that 1 in 5 Australians will suffer from it this year. People don’t think of mental illness as being as common as the common cold......

What is a panic attack and what to do about them? A friend of mine, Matt, is an accountant at a large firm. He was going through a particularly stressful and busy time at work and hadn’t been sleeping well. Prior to a business meeting......

BUT HE DOESN’T HAVE A COUCH FOR ME TO LIE ON….  I DON’T KNOW A PSYCHIATRIST WHO USES A COUCH! The image originated with Sigmund Freud in the days when there was no scientific based treatment for mental illness. Really? Yep, Freud had all sorts......

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A fitness workout for your mental health. Just like your body it needs regular exercise to be strong and fit. It gives you skills and exercises to do to prevent and manage depression and anxiety. All online and free to use. Click here to go to......

Take a quiz to find out a bit more about your symptoms of anxiety and depression. MindSpot then has 8 week courses you can take based on your results and the areas you need to focus on.  Click here to go to Mind Spot...

ADD/ADHD is the most common mental health condition in Australian children, affecting around 7% of Australian kids aged 4-17 years old. However, it doesn’t just affect children – it impacts adolescents and adults too. More information on the causes and symptoms are available by clicking here...

Dr Edward Hallowell is a US expert in the disease and has a great, positive explanation of one approach to treating ADD/ADHD Watch his YouTube clip by clicking here...

We think of our elite athletes as tough, strong and almost super human. But many athletes also grapple with mental illness. High profile former athletes are increasingly speaking out about their struggles. Click here to read more...

There has been some debate over whether ADD / ADHD really exists. This article from the NeuroLogica blog (written by a clinical neurologist from Yale) examines and responds one of these skeptics. Click here to read more...

Some studies have found boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with ADD than girls. Why are fewer girls being diagnosed? Click here to read more...

The ice epidemic has been well publicised. However, many people are not aware that the problem is particularly acute in regional towns. SBS has done a comprehensive of the impact on these communities including some touching personal accounts available here Click here to read more...

Australia’s use of opioid based painkillers has quadrupled in the past decade.  Opioids like Morphine, Oxycodone and Methadone are used to treat chronic pain however can result in patients developing a physical dependence even when taken for just a few weeks.   Click here to learn more...

This is a great self-help program that you can use for mild to moderate symptoms of depression and anxiety – or to make your mental health more resilient for the future.  It is all done online and gives you a tool kit of strategies to......

Insomnia is said to be present when you regularly find it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep.  You may have trouble getting to sleep initially. Or even if you can fall asleep, you might not be able to stay asleep for as long as......

There are many things that can make it hard for you to sleep. The cause can be a variety of things and it doesn’t tend to last long. Even so, if you are very distressed, your doctor can put you on sleeping tablets for a......

In order to improve your sleep it is important to understand the many things that affect the quality of a night’s sleep. You can then take a problem solving approach and make changes.The Sleep Health Foundation have set out five key things you can do......

Prolonged-release Melatonin in short-term use has not been associated with impaired daytime alertness, dependence, withdrawal effects or rebound insomnia. Click here to read more about the trial here Click here to read more about the trial...

Inadequate sleep at night leads to poor memory and increases the risk of depression, anxiety and stress, according to a new research. Find out more by clicking here...

A mobile app, known as Reset, uses cognitive-behavioral therapy and is intended to be used in combination with outpatient therapy to treat alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and stimulant substance use disorders. Find out more by clicking here....

GP Resources

A fitness workout for your mental health. Just like your body it needs regular exercise to be strong and fit. It gives you skills and exercises to do to prevent and manage depression and anxiety. All online and free to use. Click here to go to......

Take a quiz to find out a bit more about your symptoms of anxiety and depression. MindSpot then has 8 week courses you can take based on your results and the areas you need to focus on.  Click here to go to Mind Spot....