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The DSM-5 and redefining mental illnesses – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on May 17th, 2013.

The latest edition of the manual defining criteria for mental illness is set to have a major impact on how patients are diagnosed and how their treatment is funded. Walk into the office of any psychiatrist or psychologist and one item is guaranteed to be on the book shelf: the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of […]

Radio NZ: Mental illness link with poor job prospects in young

Peter Griffin posted in on August 3rd, 2010.

Research from the University of Otago has shown that mental illness in young adults can be tied to poor economic outcomes in later life. (See an SMC Alert on the research here) An excerpt: (read in full here) “Disorders such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse were experienced by just over half those in the […]

Psychiatric disorders in youth leave lasting mark

Peter Griffin posted in on August 1st, 2010.

People who suffer mental illness between 18 and 25 are more likely to experience a range of negative economic effects later in life, according to research from the University of Otago. Studying 950 people born in Christchurch, researchers found that those who reported suffering from a psychiatric disorder (depression, anxiety disorder, substance dependence, etc) in […]

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