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Adding mirtazapine to SSRIs or SNRIs... does it work?

Imagine you are seeing Sue with major depression. You have referred her for talking therapy, tried a SSRI then an SNRI and she is still no better. What next? Is it worth adding in mirtazapine?

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Learning about CBT with the Master
Learning about CBT with the Master

Have you ever wondered why depressed people find withdrawing from the world their best path? (If you’ve been depressed yourself you might also wonder why you do it yourself when you know you shouldn’t).

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Mental Health Training Opportunities for GPs in 2018
Mental Health Training Opportunities for GPs in 2018

Do you need to upskill in mental health? 2018 is a brand-new year ripe for a new training resolution!

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How did you go over Christmas?
How did you go over Christmas?

I find Christmas a bit stressful but I don’t think I’m alone in that. Everyone has a different basis for their Christmas stress and I know what my problem is. I want to make the celebration perfect for everyone.

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Walking the Dog
Walking the Dog

– It’s never too early or too late to learn some self-soothing strategies.

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How is Your Mental Health?
How is Your Mental Health?

It has become pretty clear in recent times that health practitioners are no less subject to mental health problems than the people they treat. More so perhaps! Why might that be?

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A Work in Progress: a story of recovery
A Work in Progress: a story of recovery

Here’s something worth reading by Scarlett Winter, a 30 something woman in my practice. It’s her story of recovery from severe and longstanding anorexia nervosa and, although hers is a very specific diagnosis, there is much in it for us all to learn about recovery from mental illness generally.

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Improving Mental Health in the LGBTI+ Community
Improving Mental Health in the LGBTI+ Community

The next Black Dog Institute / eMHPrac live webinar will be held on 15th November. It’s an auspicious date. It’s the date the results of the national plebiscite on marriage equality will be announced.

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The Value of Looking Outside Yourself
The Value of Looking Outside Yourself

Many people who suffer from depression spend a great deal of time looking inward. Even when not depressed, they often have a contemplative or even ruminative style.

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A story about a Psychiatrist’s clever daughter and how she saved his life
A story about a Psychiatrist’s clever daughter and how she saved his life

Psychiatry is ideally suited to videoconferencing but there are perils and pitfalls that become apparent once you engage with it that can be quite discouraging. Our guest blogger is Dr Zelko Mustac, a Sydney psychiatrist who has worked for many years in Western Australia and is very conscious of the difficulty of delivering psychiatric care to rural and remote areas. Here is his story:

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