The legacy of maltreatment on the brain
New University of Melbourne research into childhood maltreatment looks at why brain development may be derailed during the ‘sensitive’ adolescent period.
Mapping the terra incognita of our brains
New research from University of Melbourne experts has mapped the subcortex, creating a detailed subcortical atlas of the most ancient part of our brain.
Is psychiatry shrinking what we think of as normal?
Worries that "normality" is being medicalised by systemic inflation of psychiatric diagnosis criteria are overblown, University of Melbourne research finds.
Towards faster treatment for major depressive disorder
Physiologist Professor Scott Thompson studies how the brain changes in patients with major depression to identify more effective, faster acting antidepressants.
Changing the image problem of electroconvulsive therapy
Many see electroconvulsive therapy as a barbaric treatment, but involving patient’s families in ECT can dispel stigma, says a University of Melbourne expert.
Why are the rates of restrictive practices in Victoria’s mental health services so high?
Victoria has the highest rate of restrictive practices in mental health in Australia; and University of Melbourne experts say the Royal Commission needs to act.
Coercion in mental health care: Finding a new way
University of Melbourne researchers have identified practices from around the world that aim to reduce coercion in mental health care settings, for a UN report.
War and trauma: Learning the lessons
Recognition and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the military has come a long way. A University of Melbourne expert looks at the past and future
How robots can reach out
University of Melbourne research looks at how robots in the future could free up carers of patients with early onset dementia for more emotional interaction
The state of the science in an age of cannabis liberalisation
University of Melbourne Psychiatrist Prof David Castle discusses how cannabis represents both a public health risk and a wide-ranging therapeutic opportunity.