Mental health consequences of sexual assaults

Mental health consequences of sexual assaults

Recollections of a traumatic experience do not go away easily. The trauma of being sexually ill-treated or raped can leave a person shattered and scarred for the rest of their life. Sexual violation refers to an activity during which a sexual contact is attempted or established without the consent of the victim, either through violence or intimidation. Most of the times, the culprit is known to the victim.  Continue reading

Tips to deal with PTSD symptoms

Tips to deal with PTSD symptoms

Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a mental health disorder that manifests in individuals after they experience an unsafe, terrifying, or a traumatic incident. Usually, it is normal to feel terrible and distraught after a life-threatening or disturbing episode. A majority of people experience these symptoms and most of them pull through, however, people who continue to experience these symptoms even when they are out of danger are the ones struggling with PTSD. The symptoms of PTSD usually manifest within 3 to 4 months of the unsettling event, nevertheless, they may also take many more months or even a year after the incident to manifest. While some people may recover within 6 months, in some, the condition might become chronic. Continue reading

WHO drops transgender from list of mental health disorders

WHO drops transgender from list of mental health disorders

In a historic move, the World Health Organization (WHO) approved a legislation according to which henceforth, being a transgender will no longer be considered a mental health disorder. The declaration was made on May 25, 2019 by the World Health Assembly, the governing body of WHO, represented by 194 member states. It is believed that this move will not only liberate the trans and non-binary people by increasing acceptance and awareness but also bring some radical changes in national policies the world over. Continue reading

Gene-specific targeted treatment may help reduce symptoms of psychosis

Gene-specific targeted treatment may help reduce symptoms of psychosis

The last few years have seen a noteworthy progress in identifying genetic factors as the underlying causes for mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric disorders. Quite a large number of common genetic variants have been identified as collective risk factors for psychotic disorders but the impacts of individual variants were too small and uncertain. According to a study by a group of researchers from McLean Hospital, treatment targeting specific structural mutation can prove effective in cases of psychosis involving delusions and hallucinations. 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

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

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

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

Millennial women more worried about their mental health than heart health

Millennial women more worried about their mental health than heart health

Millennial women worry more about their mental health, in comparison to their heart health, revealed a recently released report by the American Heart Association (AMA). Despite being the foremost cause of death in women, the AMA discovered that more than 75 percent of the young women were not much concerned about developing a heart disorder. This is because these women were more worried about other health concerns and the impact of heart health or how women were affected by heart health was not reaching them. Continue reading

Study links elevated anxiety, depression, and ADD to hyperhidrosis

Study links elevated anxiety, depression, and ADD to hyperhidrosis

Patients struggling with hyperhidrosis, a disorder causing excessive sweating, may increase one’s propensity to develop anxiety, depression or attention deficit disorder (ADD), revealed a recent publication presented at the 2019 yearly meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Lead study investigator Dee Anna Glaser, MD, said that the psychological challenges faced by her patients initiated this study. Continue reading