High-fat diet during pregnancy may increase risk of mental disorders in offspring, finds study

In the to-do list of an expectant mother, diet occupies the top slot. It is imperative for all moms-to-be to consume nutritious food for a healthy baby. Stressing the need for healthy foods during pregnancy, a new study has revealed some harmful effects of a high-fat diet on both the mother and the unborn child. Continue reading

No evidence-based connection between cat ownership and mental disorders, finds study

In the past, several studies suggested that there is a close association between cat ownership and mental disorders. However, some of the latest studies have challenged this finding. According to a new study conducted by the University College London (UCL) researchers, there is no direct link between cat ownership and development of mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia. Continue reading

Model Lily Bailey on suffering from OCD since childhood and making endless lists of perceived faults, daily!

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic mental disorder in which a person has reoccurring, uncontrollable thoughts and behaviors. Individuals with OCD may have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both, which can interfere with their daily life activities. OCD is a common disorder that can affect anyone all over the world. British model and writer Lily Bailey is one of them. Continue reading

Is violence in relationship a mental disorder?

Violence in a relationship is an extreme form of bullying and abusive behavior that can have far-reaching psychological impact on the person being subjected to it. From doubting one’s capabilities to being fearful about all future relationships, people experiencing relationship abuse are often in need of psychiatric counseling to get rid of the emotional scar and trauma. But when left undetected, these emotional upheavals could have a damaging impact on the quality of life.       Continue reading

Lower psychological distress linked to ocean views

For many people, listening to the sound of ocean waves or gazing at the vast expanse of water is considered among the most enjoyable activities, while several others swear by the joys of a beach vacation. People dream of spending the rest of their lives in a beach house after retirement. The tranquility of the ocean, the rhythm of the waves against the shore, the water touching the feet with tiny bits of wet sand, the breeze vividly touching the skin, is more than a breath of fresh air. It engulfs people with a sense of calmness, one that provides a serenity to the mind’s otherwise racing thoughts. Several pieces of research have highlighted the effect of ocean views on one’s mental health.  Continue reading

Researchers evaluate experiences of youth regarding mental health services

Mental health problems in the United States have become a grave concern with roughly 18.5 percent American adults affected by them in a year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). However, many of them fail to get adequate mental health treatment that would help in their recovery. Continue reading

Bizarre mental conditions that affect humans

Understanding mental disorders is not a child’s play. This could possibly be due to a huge gap in terms of awareness and knowledge about various mental health illnesses. At times, recognizing the symptoms of an underlying mental health condition could be so challenging that they often go unnoticed and hence, remain untreated. Thus, when it comes to diagnosis, most mental health illnesses, such as depression or anxiety, are considered as behaviors against the societal norms and parameters, which can get normal over time. Continue reading

Destination Dignity: Fighting stigma can pave the way for mental health services

Mental health disorders affect one in every four people in the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It continues to be one of the most widespread and least understood disorders, cautions the international body, as it underlines the importance of mental health services for the overall well-being of a person. Continue reading

Foods for a healthy mind-4: Whole grains

“You are what you eat” is a common phrase which precisely describes the value of food in maintaining one’s health. The phrase simply means that good health requires nutritious food. Eating junk and less nutrient food will result in bad health, as it will not be able to provide sufficient energy and nutrients to give strength and protect the body against diseases and germs. Continue reading