Are girls really more anxious than boys?

It is both a matter of research and clinical reality that girls are more likely to develop most anxiety disorders than boys.

In his recent New York Times blog, author and psychologist Leonard Sax painted an “increasingly common” picture of “the laid-back, underachieving boy” as opposed to the “hyperachieving, anxious girl” and came up with […]

The mindfulness debate: Do our children really benefit?

In a recent article in the Irish Examiner, a debate on the topic of mindfulness training for children reinforced the overwhelming argument for its positive effects.

The negative argument relied on parents teaching their children to stand up for themselves and prepare for a tough life as “tomorrow’s teenagers”.

“They’ll need tools to cope and I’m […]

How depression affects men and women differently

In New Zealand over recent years there has been a high-profile push to raise awareness of depression in men – by finding sportsmen and comedians and “good Kiwi blokes” to get the conversation started and help remove the stigma of male mental health issues.

That’s not to say that there’s more men than women suffering […]

Why Stephen Fry’s personal documentary on depression misses half the argument about successful treatment

When it comes to provoking an open and honest conversation about mental health – and more specifically, depression – few people are more successful worldwide than UK author, TV personality and actor Stephen Fry.

As president of mental health charity, Mind, and as the author of numerous documentaries and autobiographies detailing his own battles with […]

Research reveals doctors should recommend therapy as first-line treatment for depression

The influential American College of Physicians (ACP) has recommended that doctors should choose cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to treat adults with major depressive disorder.

Their guideline follows an exhaustive review of 25 years-worth of trials conducted between 1990 and 2015 into the treatment of a disorder which cost an estimated $US83.1 billion worldwide in 2000 […]

How learning the basics about mental health can help battle its stigma

Robert Street Clinic director Kyle MacDonald has launched a new weekly health column in the New Zealand Herald in a bid to further fight against the stigma associated with mental health and wellbeing in New Zealand.

Already no stranger to Kiwi mainstream media – MacDonald is a regular commentator on mental health issues and funding, […]

Breakthrough in treatment for persistent and chronic depression

Depression treatment doesn’t always work – whether you’re using medication, counselling or therapy. In fact, up to two-thirds of people who suffer from depression won’t be helped by their initial antidepressant and between 12{7e66f01e68c52d858b59d425bd8f3886b02d30322136bee7d8e459b39be00af4} and 20{7e66f01e68c52d858b59d425bd8f3886b02d30322136bee7d8e459b39be00af4} of them won’t respond to a number of alternative methods of treatment.

This persistent, chronic or treatment-resistant depression can […]

Exploring mindfulness: does it work and how is it delivered?

Mindfulness has exploded in the public consciousness over recent years ranging from its inclusion in New Zealand’s school curriculum to it becoming the driving force behind last year’s must-have Christmas present – the adult colouring in book.

Stress-beating colouring books (which use the principles behind mindfulness to market relief from anxiety and the rat-race) became […]

New research reveals links between mental illness and chronic physical conditions

When the Roman poet Juvenal wrote that mankind should wish only for “mens sana in corpore sano” (a healthy mind in a healthy body) rather than fame and fortune, he linked mental and physical wellbeing in a way which has become increasingly difficult to understand in our modern world.

After all, we might see a […]

Why pills aren’t the answer to mental health ills

Need that back pain to go away? Take a couple of these pills. Need help in the bedroom? Yes, there’s a simple little prescription for that too. Need your clothes whiter than white? You can even pop a tablet in your washing machine.

Our quick fix society combined with pharmaceutical companies’ drive for profits have […]