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
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
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
One of the great sources of joy in this world is watching a comedy unfold. Comedy, be it of any kind or variety, is a great stress buster. People lead hectic lives from which they need a break from every now and then and comic reliefs can be a great outlet in overcoming stress. Continue reading
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.
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
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
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
Come the new year and Donald Trump shall swear in as the new president of the United States on January 20, 2017. In order to showcase his potential as the future president of the world’s most powerful nation, Trump made a conscious effort to touch every aspect affecting the country, including mental health, which remains neglected despite a marked increase in patients in recent times. Continue reading
Mental illnesses are not properly understood in society and have a lot of stigmas associated with them. Due to the lack of clarity of the real causes and improper diagnosis of the conditions, a lot of myths and misconceptions revolve around mental disorders. Continue reading