When it comes to mental health, conditions like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder often come to mind. But does this mean that being without mental illness is the same as being mentally healthy? In an article for ABC Health & Wellbeing, I took a look at what it means to be mentally well, and what you can do to improve your mental wellbeing. Check it out here.
Imagine you suddenly felt that everyone around you was conspiring against you. Or if voices in your head were compelling you to do bizarre or even dangerous things. Adolescence can be tumultuous enough, but for some young people, adolescence is made even more turbulent by the onset of psychosis — an experience that can distort life through the lens of a troubling mental illness.
But does having a psychotic episode in adolescence mean that you will inevitably have another? Are there ways of preventing people from having repeated psychotic episodes? And what can psychology offer that potent anti-psychotics perhaps can’t?
I was joined on Up Close a few weeks ago by Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, a clinical psychologist who has been looking at non-drug therapies for preventing psychosis. Check out the podcast or transcript here.