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How Do We Measure Mental Illness

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The definition of mental illness as defined by the Australian Institute of Health and Wellness is the following: a clinically diagnosable disorder that significantly interferes with a person’s cognitive, emotional, or social abilities. 

1 in 5 adults in Australia experience a mental illness every year with it being estimated that 45% of Australians will be affected by mental illness at some time in their life. As with many diseases, there is a spectrum and, in some people, it can be severe and noticeable and in others mild and not noticeable. There are many different types of mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Each illness can alter the persons’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in distinct ways with specific characteristics being related to a type of mental illness.

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The Impacts That Covid has had on Mental Health

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In 2020 Covid hit our shores with it bringing lockdowns, isolation, panic buying, masks, fear and uncertainty. It also brought a time for the world to heal, with it giving scientists a once in a lifetime opportunity to observe what happens when you take humans out of the world and see animals reclaim what was once theirs. 

David Attenborough was barely able to contain his excitement in his documentary The Year Earth Changed looked in-depth at the positive impact Covid had on the world due to all the lockdowns and reduced travel.

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Are You an Introvert, Extrovert or Ambivert?

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In the past few years people have thrown out the terms introvert, extrovert, and the less common term ambivert to describe themselves. But what do each of the terms means and how can they impact us?

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Dear Evan Hansen: What it Gets Right and Wrong About Mental Illness

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Mental illness has long been a topic of movies and as was mentioned last week, TV shows. This week another film can be added to the list of movies using mental illness as a theme, Dear Evan Hansen. This is the film version of the Tony Award Winning musical of the same name.

The basic storyline of the film/musical is that Evan Hansen (played by Ben Platt who was the first to play the role on Broadway) is a teenager suffering from social anxiety disorder and his therapist has asked to write letters to himself to boost his self-esteem. One day while writing one on a computer in the school library he accidentally presses print and it’s discovered by Connor, a student who is also suffering from his own mental health battles who takes the letter moments after signing Evan’s cast to prove that they both have friends. A few days later Connor kills himself and his parents find the letter and believe that Connor and Evan were friends, and that Connor was the one who wrote the letter for Evan as a final note. Evan decides to go along with this assumption and even embellishes it to make it seem like they were best friends. Evan finds the love and acceptance he’s always wanted but it’s built on a lie.

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Would You Try Magic Mushrooms or Another Psychedelic to Treat Your Mental Illness?

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Imagine this you are in the doctor’s office wanting treatment for your mental illness and they suggest that there’s this new treatment on the market that’s showing great response and doesn’t require you taking a pill once a day. You’re curious about it and it’s then that they mention it’s it called psilocybin or magic mushrooms, you give it a go and to your surprise it works. While this may seem, farfetched this could be a reality in the not to distance future. With the Australian government recently investing $15 million in grants to research this.

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