Advanced paternal age adds to risk of early-onset of schizophrenia in children

Advanced paternal age adds to risk of early-onset of schizophrenia in children

Previous studies have linked advanced paternal age with an increased risk of schizophrenia onset in children, however, it has been challenging to differentiate the effects of factors related to age versus the effects of age. The paternal age association could be unauthentic if late fatherhood was held responsible for the early onset on schizophrenia because this also reflected the father’s own susceptibility to schizophrenia. Continue reading

Genetic markers identified through blood test could help in preventing and treating PTSD

Genetic markers identified through blood test could help in preventing and treating PTSD

Stress disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are widely prevalent and debilitating in civilian as well as military populations, yet majorly undiagnosed. Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine from Indianapolis stated that their findings could help in the establishment of more precise screenings for PTSD. Their findings were published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. Continue reading

How balanced are mental health care facilities in law school?

How balanced are mental health care facilities in law school?

The rigors of law school are undisputable. A law student is always competing with their peers for a better position in extracurricular activities, class rank, internships, post-graduation, and job opportunities. Law students have to excel at public speaking and need an entirely different set of writing skills. They have to manage the pressure of acing their final exams, bar exam, while trying to keep up their social circle and relationships. All this adds to the pressure they already face, affecting their mental health Continue reading

Women exposed to Deepwater Horizon oil spill continue experiencing symptoms of PTSD

Women exposed to Deepwater Horizon oil spill continue experiencing symptoms of PTSD

Women exposed to the industrial disaster of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon (BP) oil spill, continue displaying symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and trauma, revealed a recent study. The study was conducted at the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Public Health and the findings were published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. Continue reading

Scientists experimenting to weaken traumatic memories and lessen impact of PTSD

Scientists experimenting to weaken traumatic memories and lessen impact of PTSD

It has been commonly observed that individuals who experience or witness traumatic events or incidents may often find these distressing memories haunting them for a long period of time after the actual incident took place. People who are exposed to such trauma may develop severe mental, emotional, and anxiety disorders, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and phobias. That is why researchers from 5 institutions across 3 separate geographical locations (Spain, America, and Netherlands) are trying to find a new way of weakening traumatic memories and reducing their psychological impact. Continue reading

Virtual reality claims victim in real world – Popular vlogger Etika found dead in New York

Virtual reality claims victim in real world – Popular vlogger Etika found dead in New York

Desmond Amofah, 29, popularly known by his virtual name Etika, was missing for 6 days when his body was recovered by the New York Police Department (NYPD) on June 24, 2019. The police found his body in the East River on the South Street Seaport around 6:20 p.m. The NYPD informed the world about his death through their Tweet on June 25. According to the latest reports, a medical examiner will be performing an autopsy to determine his cause of death. Continue reading

PTSD Awareness Month – Tips to deal with PTSD symptoms

PTSD Awareness Month – Tips to deal with PTSD symptoms

Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a mental health disorder that manifests in some individuals after they have experienced an unsafe, terrifying, or traumatic incident. Though it is normal to feel frightened and distraught after witnessing a disturbing incident, there are some people who continue to experience these symptoms even when they are out of danger who might be struggling with PTSD. The symptoms of PTSD usually become apparent within three months of the traumatic event, however, it might take many more months or even a year after the incident for the symptoms to manifest. While some people may recover within six months, in others, the condition might become chronic. Continue reading

International Fathers’ Mental Health Day: Is my daddy strongest?

International Fathers’ Mental Health Day: Is my daddy strongest?

PPD in men more common than perceived

The birth of a child can produce an array of emotions ranging from joy, happiness, and excitement to nervousness, anxiety, and fear. It is well known that new parents, especially the mothers, suffer from mood swings, disturbed sleeping patterns, and hormonal changes. Usually, the mothers are able to cope with these emotions, however, in some cases, these may lead to a long-lasting, severe form of depression known as post-partum depression (PPD). Continue reading

Workplace “burnout” declared occupational phenomenon by WHO

Workplace “burnout” declared occupational phenomenon by WHO

Accepting the challenges of stress stemming from work, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized workplace ‘burnout’ as an occupation phenomenon. According to a recent announcement made by the group, the definition of burnout is being revised in its latest version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) – 11, the global handbook of disease, which would be implemented from January 2022. Continue reading

Why men avoid discussing suicide with their physicians?

Why men avoid discussing suicide with their physicians?

One of the primary reasons behind why older men hesitate in discussing suicidal tendencies with their physicians was the fear of psychiatric hospitalization, revealed a recent prelaunch assessment of a multimedia program called Men and Providers Preventing Suicide (MAPS). The multimedia program was aimed at encouraging older men to openly talk about suicidal tendencies or thoughts with their primary care providers and was lined to be integrated into the waiting areas of physicians across health systems. Continue reading