Depression

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Falling body, failing brain
It’s commonly known that falls are a leading cause of injury resulting in hospitalisation, but as Nick Rushworth points out, it’s less well known that falls are also a major cause of what is called “traumatic brain injury” or TBI. The impact on both the individual with a brain injury and their family is enormous, and according to Brain Injury Australia, it’s an impact that is little understood by the community.

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We all should work with heart
Hypertension (the medical term for abnormally high blood pressure) is considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the most serious risk factors for death worldwide. It is estimated that about 30% of Australian adults have hypertension; and most of these people are receiving no treatment. What makes hypertension so serious is that, well before the explosive heart attack or stroke occurs, there is underlying, sometimes irreparable damage done to the cardiovascular system, the kidneys and the brain. Also, hypertension, especially when combined with diabetes, significantly increases the risk of blindness.

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Let’s talk about mental health
A 25-year study of 60,000 Germans has shown that long-term happiness is determined by lifestyle decisions including choice of partner, employment and religion. The results of the study are published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and although the research was conducted in Germany, study leader, Associate Professor Bruce Headey from the University of Melbourne, suggests the findings can also be applied in Australia.

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Changing the face of Mens Health
Self esteem, or lack of it, has an effect on men’s health; a critical issue in times of employment and financial uncertainty. When men feel they have no control over their lives they are sometimes burdened with feelings of guilt and shame. One out of every six men suffers from depression at any one time; and men are more likely to suicide than women. Also, men often do not recognise the symptoms of depression, and so do not seek help.

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Facing up to men\'s health
When young men survive their aggressive adolescence, they are still more likely to indulge in dangerous lifestyle pursuits – smoking, eating and drinking to excess and exercising too little. Self-esteem, or lack of it, has an effect on men’s health; a critical issue in times of employment and financial uncertainty. When men feel they have no control over their lives they are sometimes burdened with feelings of guilt and shame. One out of every six men suffers from depression at any one time; and men are more likely to suicide than women. Also, men often do not recognise the symptoms of depression, and so do not seek help.

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Good health gift ideas
For many people, Christmas has deep religious significance; for others, it’s simply a time to relax and enjoy a few days off work. But for almost everyone, this time of year has traditionally become one of celebration. Throughout many societies it is commonplace to exchange gifts or simply ‘season’s greetings’, and to express sentiments of peace and goodwill. Wishes of good health usually accompany greetings at this time of year; so, perhaps some healthy gift ideas could be worth a thought as well.

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Dealing with D words
For people with diabetes, having one chronic medical condition is usually quite enough of a challenge. When they’re told they are also more likely to develop another potentially serious disease, maintaining a reasonably bright outlook on life could become even more of a struggle.

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How to ask R U OK?
The R U OK? Foundation aims to build the ability of family members, friends, colleagues, teammates, students and community leaders to engage in regular, meaningful conversations with anyone who may be struggling with life. R U OK? Day inspires us to have conversations that count, by talking to our family, friends and community, especially if we sense they may be struggling.

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Mental health awareness
Mental Health Week also encourages people to seek help, or for family and friends to encourage people to seek help, when necessary. There are many highly trained professionals who specialise in mental health. General practitioners (GPs) are able to treat and refer patients as appropriate.

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The face of men\'s health
According to the Men’s Health Australia website, compared with women, Australian men of all ages are less healthy and, therefore, do not enjoy as good a quality of life as they should. All chronic conditions such as obesity, cancer, diabetes and heart disease occur more frequently in men. And it probably comes as no surprise to learn that men generally indulge in more risky behaviour than do women; and this behaviour pattern has been the case for many centuries.

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