State of Mississippi spent more on institutionalizing than on community services for mentally ill, reveals report

A recent report, authorized by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (MSDMH), has revealed that a major share of the state’s resources was spent on institutionalizing those with mental disabilities rather than on community services for them. The same findings had previously been established by the U.S. Department of Justice. The report was made public Continue reading

Bouldering may help treat depression, shows study

No one’s life is perfect. Everyone has their share of stresses, worries and tensions. At times, one is able to handle the situation easily, however, there are times when everything becomes overwhelming or the difficult times seem to go on forever. In such a case, the constant stress of dealing with a tough situation can harm a person’s mental health leading to the development of mental disorders like depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. Continue reading

PTSD Awareness Month: Computer-based attention control training can effectively treat PTSD, suggests study

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that affects an individual who has experienced a shocking, scary, or life-threatening event. Typically, the symptoms of the condition, such as flashbacks, bad dreams, scary thoughts, inability to sleep properly and anger outbursts, begin to develop within three months of the traumatic incident, but at times, they tend to appear years later. Continue reading

Mental Health Awareness Month: Alicia Raimundo opens up about her battle with mental illness

A lot of stigmas is associated with different mental health issues affecting a large number of people across the globe. In a situation where mentally ill people are still looked down upon, Alicia Raimundo, from Toronto, Canada, has shown her mettle by opening up about her journey with mental illnesses. She has done so with an aim to let people know that mental illnesses are more common than they actually think. Continue reading

National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week: Running not only improves health, it’s good for sanity too

Most people experience mood swings some day or the other, making us feel anxious, depressed, or low. It is normal for a person to experience such emotions as it is possibly a reaction to some potentially dangerous situations. But when such feelings of depression and anxiety persist, it is probably a symptom of developing a mental health condition. Continue reading

National Women’s Health Week: Using makeup to depict what mental illness feels like

“I love the confidence that makeup gives me.” – Tyra Banks.

The key purpose behind a makeup is to appear more beautiful and have that glamourous appeal. Common among women of all ages, makeup helps them get that desired look that boosts their confidence. While there have been a lot of trials on how to look prettier, Canadian beauty blogger Yasaman Gheidi has now unveiled an “out of the sight” purpose that makeup can serve.
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Can small doses of opioids prevent suicides?

According to the 2015 report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than a million Americans attempted suicide in 2013 resulting in nearly 40,000 deaths. It has been identified as the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. No particular medication is available as yet to provide relief from suicidal thoughts. Psychiatrists draw a distinction between depression and suicidal thoughts and they do not recommend prescribing antidepressants. Moreover, antidepressants may take weeks to start showing effects. Continue reading

Foods for a healthy mind-3: Berries

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well” – Virginia Woolf

This quote by Woolf succinctly expresses an eternal truth, that food is crucial not only for sustenance but good physical and mental health as well. Since food has a direct impact on one’s health it is important to eat nutritious food, so that it can provide all the essential nutrients to the brain required for its healthy development. Continue reading