The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is a comprehensive guide used by mental health professionals to diagnose and classify mental disorders, including depression. This manual provides an in-depth understanding of the symptoms, criteria, and diagnostic process for depression, enabling healthcare providers to accurately identify and assess individuals experiencing depressive symptoms. It offers valuable insights into the various subtypes of depression, associated features, and differential diagnoses. Additionally, the...

One in five Australian citizens experiences a mental or behavioral condition every year. According to findings from a recent national survey of mental health from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 20% of Australians in the younger age groups (between the age of 16-34) experienced varying high levels of mental distress, almost doubling that of elderly people aged 65-85. The findings also demonstrated that over most age groups, more women experience high...

Determining the percentage of people with depression in Australia is a difficult task. Experiencing a certain level of sadness is considered normal, although some casually call this depression. Even professionals may have different thresholds for discriminating between normal sadness and depression. Most diagnostic guidelines have set criteria for clarification. However, given there is no biomarker or other hard evidence for making a diagnosis, it can depend on the view of...

Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug in Australia, with one in three adults using it at some point in their life. It’s legal in some places around the world, and offered medicinally in others. But what does smoking pot do to your mental health? The potential harms associated with using cannabis depend on two things above all others. The first is the age at which you first begin to use...

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