Personality disorders that are mental illnesses – 1: Narcissism

The way an individual behaves, communicates and conducts life is known as his/her personality. Personality traits should fit the bill set by the social norms. However, many a times people are observed to behave abnormally and conduct activities that are not only upsetting but also invite troubles. Such people are commonly said to be suffering from personality disorder. Continue reading

World Autism Awareness Day: Understanding the needs and rights of children suffering from ASD

One among 68 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC), Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM). To turn the focus of the world on the burgeoning problem of autism that affects millions of children all over the world, “World Autism Awareness Day” is observed on April 2 every year. Considering that autistic children face communication problems and difficulties in social interaction, it is important to raise awareness about the disorder, its early diagnosis and timely intervention. Continue reading

National Nutrition Month: Improvements in diet linked to better psychological resilience

“We are what we eat,” is a common adage. Emphasizing the importance of diet, a nutrition education and information campaign, National Nutrition Month (NNM) is observed in March every year, in the U.S., by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It focuses on the importance of developing sound eating habits as well as physical activity. This year’s theme, “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” serves as a reminder that each individual holds the tool to make healthier food choices and that making small changes during this month, and over time, helps improve his/her health. Continue reading

Excessive social media use can lead to social isolation and mental problems

It feels good to be connected. Most people take to social networking sites to connect with like-minded people or those with similar interests or with friends and relatives. It is a good way to stay in touch with people living far off. The interlinking between various social networking sites has helped people gain access to more information. This has drastically altered the way people communicate and do business. However, spending more time on various social media platforms might also increase the chances of feeling isolated on a social level, says a recent study.
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Obamacare stays, as Trump administration withdraws AHCA

After weeks of speculation, unrest and finally a reluctant acceptance of the repeal of Obamacare, a shock wave spread across the nation on Friday when the Republicans faltered in their first significant endeavor to reshape the U.S. health care system under the present presidency. The Trump administration had to pull their health care bill from the house floor on Friday when it faced major opposition from both the Republicans and the Democrats. 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

After wrinkles, Botox may treat anxiety!

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is becoming common in the United States. A disorder that typically begins in teenage years, SAD is characterized by a high level of fear in social situations causing isolation and extreme emotional distress. Also called social phobia, individuals suffering from SAD may have few or no social relationships, making them feel ashamed or alone. Continue reading

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