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Six things psychologists want you to know

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What do psychologists want you to know about mental health?

We asked six psychologists, 'What should everyone know about mental health?'. 

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Understanding postnatal psychosis

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Postnatal psychosis (also known as postpartum or puerperal psychosis) is a rare condition affecting around 1 or 2 women in every thousand.

It's a serious illness that requires urgent treatment.

Most people know very little about postnatal psychosis so it can come as a shock. It can often occur suddenly without a history of mental illness.

Understanding postnatal psychosis can better prepare families in the event of an episode.

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A rollercoaster ride through the darkest places I never wanted to visit

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After our first son was born, I gradually lost all connection with reality. There was no history of mental illness in our family. This came completely out of the blue and hit our family like a tropical cyclone.

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Self-help when hearing voices

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Hearing voices can be an intrusive and distressing experience for people living with a psychotic illness.

Developing personalised interventions and strategies, preferably with health professionals, can help alleviate the impact.

This may be achieved by focusing on a specific problem, such as voices that wake you at night, or focusing on an element, like a particularly distressing voice.

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Condolences: Sir Ninian Stephen

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We mourn the loss of SANE Australia Patron-in-Chief The Right Honourable Sir Ninian Stephen KG, AK, GCMG, GCVO, KBE, PC, QC who died aged 94 this week.

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Managing a successful career and mental illness

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My most recent episode started in January this year, I almost didn't notice it at first. 

I started finding it harder to get out of bed, even after 14 hours' sleep, and felt anxious in social situations, meetings, anything that involved speaking up. It was the little things you're not quite conscious of.

Then, the little things started growing into more than little things.

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Caring for a spouse with BPD

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Fred and Cathy live in regional Victoria. Cathy has borderline personality disorder, and is supported by her husband Fred.

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What not to say to someone with a complex mental health issue.

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It's a sad reality that people living with a complex mental health issue will hear inappropriate comments, sometimes at a time when they are struggling.

A glib, flippant or offhand comment – whether born of ignorance, awkwardness, or arrogance – can cut to the bone and leave people questioning their place in the world.

So, what's the worst thing you can say to someone living with a complex mental health issue? 

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Condolences: Commissioner Jackie Crowe

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SANE Australia mourns the passing of Jackie Crowe.

Jackie was a fearless and passionate advocate across so many mental health issues. She was an absolute champion in ensuring that people directly affected by mental ill-health were put in the design seat of programs and services.

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The shift: from aspirations to managing what is

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When my son first displayed symptoms I felt a desperate need to try and help him. 

Part of that need was born out of my own feelings of guilt. The remainder was fuelled my desire to alleviate his psychological pain.

Over the course of my son's diagnosis, there has been a huge shift in me. Initially I could not accept that nothing would help . I embarked upon a frenetic search for that illusive fix. I thought, 'Where did I go wrong? Why can't anyone help him?'

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