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

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

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

Foods for a healthy mind-3: Berries

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

Foods for a healthy mind-2: Leafy greens

Foods for a healthy mind-2: Leafy greens

In the famous children’s cartoon, “Popeye the sailor man,” Popeye, the protagonist, is shown gulping cans of spinach to gain instant energy. The fictional character not only helped increase America’s spinach consumption by third, it also communicated the health benefits of eating spinach to children. Spinach contains iron which helps strengthen immunity and increase bone and muscle health besides improving memory. Continue reading

Foods for a healthy mind-1: Omega-3 fatty acids

Foods for a healthy mind-1: Omega-3 fatty acids

Nutritious food is essential not just for ensuring good health but also for maintaining a healthy mind. Mental health problems that are increasing across the world, generally result from a combination of factors like age, genetics and environmental influences. However, nutrition or food also plays a major role in the development of the brain and/ or mind. According to various studies, food contributes intrinsically in development, management and prevention of specific mental health problems such as depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading

Some personalities suffering from bipolar disorder

Some personalities suffering from bipolar disorder

There is no dearth of emotions in a human mind. However, there are some who experience an unusual pattern in their moods or energy levels that tend to affect their normal behavior. Psychologists identify this drastic and sudden change in emotions as symptoms of bipolar disorder – a mental condition in which moods may range from periods of marked elation, Continue reading

Mental disorders similar to schizophrenia – 4: Schizoaffective Disorder

Mental disorders similar to schizophrenia - 4: Schizoaffective Disorder

It is not easy to diagnose mental health problems. A person may exhibit symptoms common to two or more kinds of mental disorders or may experience signs of multiple psychiatric illnesses simultaneously. Signs of one mental illness can mimic another, but there are subtle hints that doctors take note of while trying to detect the exact nature of emotional health problems. Continue reading

Ethnic discrimination pushes doctors to overlook symptoms of ADHD diagnosis: Study

Ethnic discrimination pushes doctors to overlook symptoms of ADHD diagnosis: Study

Every nation strives to attain equality among its people, but not all have been able to curb the discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, language, religion and economy. No matter much how one stays in denial, the impact of racism is palpable with incidents of discrimination being reported regularly across the world, including the United States. Continue reading

Parents of mentally disoriented wards need to understand, trust and support them

Parents of mentally disoriented wards need to understand, trust and support them

Parenting is not easy because cognitive development and social skills of children during their growing years depend a lot on the nature of response they receive from their guardians. The same can be said about children exhibiting symptoms of certain mental disorders. Mental health condition among American children is a big concern today. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), nearly 20 percent American children have or had been afflicted with some acute mental disability at some point in their lives. This implies that many American parents have to go through the trauma of bringing up a child with some mental condition. Continue reading