Caitlin’s behaviors were tearing her family apart during Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdowns, then she found solace in swimming

While enduring one of the world’s longest COVID-19 lockdowns, Melbourne teenager Caitlin was facing a self-imposed isolation of her own. For as long as she can remember, she did things that made little sense to anyone else except her, minor behaviors and traits that seemed subtle at first, but would take on a life of … Read more

What is obsessive compulsive disorder, what are the symptoms, and how is it diagnosed?

It’s often thought of as having a fixation with cleanliness or being paranoid about leaving the oven on, but obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a serious condition that is as common as diabetes. Beyond Blue estimates that OCD affects around 3 percent of Australians in their lifetime — more than 500,000 people — however, psychologists … Read more

Psychiatric Illnesses Share Common Brain Network

A network of neural connections is linked to six psychiatric disorders: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (BD), depression, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and anxiety, new research shows. Investigators used coordinate and lesion network mapping to assess whether there was a shared brain network common to multiple psychiatric disorders. In a meta-analysis of almost 200 studies encompassing more … Read more