Repeated racial discrimination inflicts maximum damage to mental health, suggests study

Racism is not restricted to a particular geography, society or ethnic group. In major countries of the world, a certain section of people faces racial prejudice leading to inequality and marginalization. Such people have a higher chance of being afflicted with health issues, such as hypertension, heart disease, stress, depression, cancer, premature births and even disparities in infant mortality. Continue reading

Pphubbing reduces mental satisfaction and increases depression, says study

The human race has seen endless inventions that have made huge impact on the world. The list ranges from lifesaving medicines to adhesive tapes, from medical devices to artificial organs. Modern day inventions like the personal computer and the smartphone were meant to make our lives easier and convenient. The bulky tabletop telephone gave way to pocket-size phones, allowing us to communicate with people across the world with just the touch of a button. Continue reading

Childhood poverty leads to mental issues in adulthood, says study

Findings from a new study titled “Childhood poverty and adult psychological well-being” has established that disadvantaged children grow up to face several mental health issues. The comprehensive research project, results of which were published in the Proceedings of the National Academic of Sciences (PNAS) in December 2016, observed 341 participants over a 15-year period (at ages 9, 13, 17 and 24). It highlighted, for the first time, the gradual and detrimental impact of impoverished upbringing. In addition to physical deficiencies, adult psychological issues are also linked to childhood poverty.   Continue reading

21st Century Cures Act to tackle mental health and substance abuse disorders

The 21st Century Cures Act (21CCA) was formed to create awareness about the growing number of people being affected by mental health disorders and substance abuse.

The 21CCA focuses on the reimbursement of mental health treatment. This is an important proposal as these programs are yet to be treated at par with treatment programs of other physical illnesses. Additionally, it also warrants for increased consumer friendliness regarding parity expectations for those undergoing mental health and substance use disorder treatment. Continue reading

Virtual Reality – the latest in treating psychological disorders

While post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other stress-related illnesses have been treated using exposure therapy since ages, relying on the therapy to recreate the traumatic experiences is challenging, at best. And more often than not, patients are either unwilling or just unable to do so. Virtual reality (VR), the latest in treating psychological disorders, helps in breaking down these barriers while treating various mental health disorders. Continue reading

Mental health care facilities in trial: New prison plan proposed

Owing to the inadequacy of mental health care facilities in the state prisons in Alabama, inmates suffering from mental illnesses in those prisons have sued the Alabama Department of Corrections (DOC). The charges state that mental health care facilities in the state prison are so inadequate that it violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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Debatable mental conditions – 4: Dispelling confusions around Asperger’s disorder

Ever came across a smart, intellectual and knowledgeable person who despite all the qualities struggles with socializing and communicating with others. Scientifically, this condition is known as Asperger’s disorder. Primarily characterized by symptoms, such as limited social interaction skills, “robotic” or repetitive behavior, idiosyncratic interests, tendency to indulge in one-sided conversations, etc., Asperger’s disorder is a developmental disorder that delays the progress of motor skills. Continue reading

Debatable mental conditions – 3: Unmasking hysteria

Emotion is one of the basic traits of human race. The quality of expressing emotions helps in defining a person’s behavior. For instance, a reserved person is identified by his or her way to express emotions in a controlled manner. Similarly, hysteria is associated with a person’s emotions. It can be defined as the lack of control over acts and emotions. Continue reading

Debatable mental conditions – 2: Understanding gender identity disorder

Gender is an important aspect of an individual’s identity. It is obvious for a person to grow up identifying the facets of his/her gender and conduct life accordingly. However, some individuals find it difficult coming to terms with their gender and tend to act like the opposite gender. This condition is known as gender identity disorder (GID). Continue reading