International Women’s Day: Lovato to get Artistic Award of Courage for sharing her battle against bipolar disorder

The fear of stigma and discrimination often tends to prevent people, especially women, from opening up about their mental health problems that might be making their lives miserable. More and more information is being shared about treating psychiatric disorders as important as physical disorders for a happy life. This has helped in spreading awareness and enhancing the understanding about mental problems. As a result, many Americans, including celebrities, are encouraged to seek necessary help and share their struggle with psychological illnesses, a topic once considered a taboo and discussed only in hushed tones. Singer, songwriter and actress Demi Lovato is one of them who has shown the courage to defy societal norms and speak aloud about her mental health issues. Continue reading

Need to screen patients at inpatient psychiatric facility for symptoms of PTSD

A person experiencing a distressing event has the chance of suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). About 7-8 percent of the American population will be afflicted with PTSD at some point in their lives, as per the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), women are in a greater likelihood of suffering from this disorder than men. Continue reading

Flu during pregnancy may increase risk of bipolar disorder in children

It is not uncanny for a woman to get ill during her pregnancy. She might get fever, flu, stomach ache, laryngitis, etc. like any other normal person. With changing seasons and weather conditions, anyone can suffer from flu and fever. However, a woman suffering from flu during her pregnancy has four times higher chance of having children with bipolar disorder, according to a recent study.

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