World Bipolar Day: Identifying responders to lithium therapy will aid recovery of bipolar disorder patients

World Bipolar Day (WBD) is observed on March 30, 2017, every year to educate people about bipolar disorder (BD) and the need to be more sensitive toward those suffering from it. Noted Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent Willem van Gogh is believed to have manifested symptoms of BD and was allegedly diagnosed with the same after his death. As Van Gogh was born on this day, it has been marked to commemorate BD to ensure greater awareness about the disorder.
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National Nutrition Month: Improvements in diet linked to better psychological resilience

“We are what we eat,” is a common adage. Emphasizing the importance of diet, a nutrition education and information campaign, National Nutrition Month (NNM) is observed in March every year, in the U.S., by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It focuses on the importance of developing sound eating habits as well as physical activity. This year’s theme, “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” serves as a reminder that each individual holds the tool to make healthier food choices and that making small changes during this month, and over time, helps improve his/her health. Continue reading

Excessive social media use can lead to social isolation and mental problems

It feels good to be connected. Most people take to social networking sites to connect with like-minded people or those with similar interests or with friends and relatives. It is a good way to stay in touch with people living far off. The interlinking between various social networking sites has helped people gain access to more information. This has drastically altered the way people communicate and do business. However, spending more time on various social media platforms might also increase the chances of feeling isolated on a social level, says a recent study.
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Obamacare stays, as Trump administration withdraws AHCA

After weeks of speculation, unrest and finally a reluctant acceptance of the repeal of Obamacare, a shock wave spread across the nation on Friday when the Republicans faltered in their first significant endeavor to reshape the U.S. health care system under the present presidency. The Trump administration had to pull their health care bill from the house floor on Friday when it faced major opposition from both the Republicans and the Democrats. Continue reading

Detecting depression and anxiety in newborn children

Getting anxious or depressed is a common response to stressful situations. Some people may experience continued feelings of sadness, worry or fear on daily basis and may find it difficult to overcome negative thoughts. Many a times, cases of depression and anxiety are identified when patients self-report about the nature of their emotions or behavior, the experiences they had in their past or suicidal thoughts they may be experiencing often. Anew study, titled, “Neonatal Amygdala Functional Connectivity at Rest in Healthy and Preterm Infants and Early Internalizing Symptoms” has paved way for early detection of symptoms of depression and anxiety by scanning brains of newborns. The study got published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) in February 2017. Continue reading

Teen girls more depressed than ever

There has been a steep rise in the number of adolescents grappling with major depression in the United States. Even amongst this demographic, the trend has been observed to be more prevalent among teenage girls since 2011, states a study published in the journal Pediatrics. Unfortunately, the number of adolescents reaching for support is way less than the actual number suffering from the disorder. Continue reading

Bizarre mental conditions that affect humans

Understanding mental disorders is not a child’s play. This could possibly be due to a huge gap in terms of awareness and knowledge about various mental health illnesses. At times, recognizing the symptoms of an underlying mental health condition could be so challenging that they often go unnoticed and hence, remain untreated. Thus, when it comes to diagnosis, most mental health illnesses, such as depression or anxiety, are considered as behaviors against the societal norms and parameters, which can get normal over time. Continue reading