A Novel Drug can Help ‘Un-excite’ an Anxious Brain, Suggests a Recent Study

Being anxious is a common response to a situation where someone experiences stress or emotional turmoil. It is a situation in which people have a strange sense of dread, fear, or restlessness. It may lead to a condition where people, vulnerable to emotional stress, start experiencing a heightened state of anxiety, in which they grapple to manage with their feelings leading to the development of an anxiety disorder. Continue reading

Benefits of Residential Mental Health Treatment

It is difficult for anyone to recognize and accept a mental health issue in others, let alone themselves. But, it can be much more challenging to avail a treatment program and continue with it while staying at your own place. This is because in your everyday life you might encounter many negative or challenging situations; interrupting with the treatment process. Continue reading

How Effective Can Exercise be In Relieving Depression?

Physical activity has always been an important part of a mental health treatment regimen. However, some mental health professionals fail to lay adequate emphasis on the specifics of physical activity while dealing with a patient with mental illness. This sentiment was shared by some experts from the mental health treatment landscape who then conducted a study on a similar topic. Continue reading

6 Ways to Develop a Positive Perspective

Omar Khayyam, a renowned influential thinker, had once said,

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”

When it comes to happiness, health plays a vital role. While people acknowledge the importance of physical health, mental health generally takes a backseat. People are not considerate of mental health until it causes a few troubles. Therefore, it is important to prevent mental health problems before they bother people. Lifestyle has direct implications on mental health. Thoughts, behaviors, and choices people make every day have an effect on brain function and mental health. Continue reading

Can oxytocin improve social functioning and interactions in schizophrenic patients?

Oxytocin is a neuropeptide produced by the hypothalamus (a part of the human brain), which acts as a neurotransmitter. This hormonealso known as the love hormoneis released during social bonding which produces a sense of happiness and warmth. Seeing its effect on the overall health and mood of a person, some researchers suggested that oxytocin may have beneficial effects on the positive as well as the negative symptoms of schizophrenia.  Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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