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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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Physical Symptoms of Mental Illness

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When we think of mental illnesses, we think of something that we can’t see and is just located in the brain, and this isn’t always true. For many people their mental illness can manifest physically at times. Over the past few weeks, we have looked at how external factors can impact our mental health but what about our mental health impacting our physical health?

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Stress and Mental Health

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It’s the season for stress, ask anyone and they will be stressed about something whether that is work, family stuff or general end of year stuff they will be stressed in some area of their life. But what is stress? Is it the same as anxiety? And how can we prevent it?

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Understanding Self-Harm

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When we think of self-harm, we think of scars up and down someone’s arms, people wearing long sleeves even in the middle of Summer and someone who is visibly depressed and moody. Self-harm isn’t a mental illness, but it can be a side effect. A person with a mental illness is more likely to self-harm than those who don’t have a mental illness, but someone may still choose to do self-harm if they have experienced trauma, abuse or a major negative life event.

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Drugs and Mental Illness

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Following on from last weeks article we will be looking at drug use and mental illness and whether drugs can cause mental illness, contribute to mental illness and why some people may be genetically vulnerable to drug induced psychosis.

There are various reasons why people use drugs: to have a good time and relax, to get that high that nothing else can give them, their friends are using them and they decide to try them, to self medicate and sometimes just because they can. 

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