Men’s Health Week: President Trump encourages men to proactively seek help for mental health conditions

Men’s Health Week: President Trump encourages men to proactively seek help for mental health conditions

‘Health is wealth’ is an old adage, but not many people tend to follow it. Considering the busy lifestyle and hectic schedules, people often ignore their health, especially mental health. Due to the stigma associated with mental health issues, men very conveniently try to keep these problems within wraps, instead of seeking help. Even if not associated with sins of past lives, black magic or result of poor deeds, they are frequently linked with weak moral, lack of willpower and disturbed lifestyle. Continue reading

CDC says suicide rates in US increase by 30 percent since 1999

CDC says suicide rates in US increase by 30 percent since 1999

Several past studies had established that an individual with a mental health issue is more likely to commit or attempt suicide. However, according to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than half of the people who committed suicide in 27 states of the United States in 2015 had never been diagnosed with any mental ailment. The report also mentioned that the overall suicide rates increased by more than 30 percent in nearly half of the country during 1999-2016. Continue reading

WHO report condemns low standard of European mental health care institutions

WHO report condemns low standard of European mental health care institutions

The standard of mental health care in European countries is quite low, according to a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO). Of the more than 2000 ratings made by national assessment teams, only 25 percent of the institutions spread across the continent conformed to international standards of care – in spite of the fact that nearly 27 percent of the adult population (between 18-65 years) in Europe experienced at least one of a series of mental disorders in the past year. Continue reading

Survivor of Parkland school shooting diagnosed with PTSD

Survivor of Parkland school shooting diagnosed with PTSD

The young girl in room number 1212 was petrified. She could hear the sounds of bullets ricocheting off the walls, endless screams and the throb of footsteps as students ran here and there to dodge the spray of bullets from the AR-15. She also heard the thuds of bodies hitting the floor as she crouched in fear with her teacher and language-arts classmates. It was mayhem outside, and yet no one in Room 1212 dared to voice their fears. By the time the lone gunman, Nikolas Cruz, was apprehended, 17 had died and many others injured. Only the inmates of Room 1212 escaped without a scratch; yet the impact on their minds was immense. Continue reading

Mental health rating scale to help determine need for professional help

Mental health rating scale to help determine need for professional help

The state of mental health is tied to a great degree to the level of pain a person experiences. Those who have a sounder mental health are likely to recuperate easily and experience less pain on a day-to-day basis compared to those who are suffering from mental ailments. People who have a mental health condition complain of pain in various body parts and fret when things do not go their way. They could also have a nagging pain similar to a migraine pain. Continue reading

Mental health is my new passion, says Michael Phelps

Mental health is my new passion, says Michael Phelps

With the hope of making a difference in the lives of people dealing with mental health problems, 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps recently announced his partnership with Talkspace, an online and mobile therapy company that helps connect therapists to those in need. “I feel like with all the issues we have in this world, this is something where I can truly make significant impact,” said the 32-year-old retired competitive swimmer. Continue reading

‘I was cutting myself,’ reveals Willow Smith to mother and grandmother on web series episode

‘I was cutting myself,’ reveals Willow Smith to mother and grandmother on web series episode

On the recent episode of web series “Red Table Talk,” the revelation made by American singer and actress Willow Smith shocked her mother Jada Pinkett-Smith and grandmother Adrienne Banfield-Jones to the core. She confessed to cutting herself in her preteens, and resorting to self-harm after the success of her first single “Whip My Hair” in 2010 which took a toll on her mental health. Continue reading

Proposed changes in 11th edition of global diagnostic tool can affect identification of PTSD, cautions study

Proposed changes in 11th edition of global diagnostic tool can affect identification of PTSD, cautions study

On evaluating the revisions introduced in the upcoming 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), a study led by the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine has identified that the proposed changes are against the interest of patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to the study, the revisions, if implemented, would lead to a decline in the number of individuals coming under the ambit of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As a result, the reduction in diagnosis of moderate or early stage PTSD may reduce by up to 57 per cent. Continue reading

Google aims to curb tech addiction with ‘Digital Wellbeing’

Google aims to curb tech addiction with ‘Digital Wellbeing’

Internet behemoth Google recently announced a slew of features intended toward the well-being of its users. Dubbed as “Digital Wellbeing,” the initiative is a collection of apps and features that the company claims will enable users to make productive use of their time while on Android devices. According to the tech giant, the new features would permit users to keep a track of the time spent on social media, block distracting notifications and reduce the vibrancy of the screen during bedtime that would ultimately help in reining in tech addiction. Continue reading