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

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

Mental stress increases vulnerability to heart attacks in younger women: Study

When someone is exposed to extremely stressful situations for a longer period of time and does not take any remedial measures to counter its drastic effects, it may prove detrimental to their health and well-being. Studies have shown that men and women react differently to stress, both mentally and physically. Though each person uses different mechanisms to handle stress, it is important to determine one’s tolerance level toward stressful situations. Continue reading

Mental disorders similar to schizophrenia – 3: Delusional Disorder

Perception is a relative term. Different people can perceive the same thing in different ways. And at times, people might try to read things even when they do not exist. The power of one’s imagination cannot be ignored. Disability to differentiate between real and unreal can make it difficult to manage emotions and to function normally in day-to-day situations. Continue reading

Mental disorders similar to schizophrenia – 2: Schizoid Personality Disorder

A common thread links all those suffering from personality disorders – they exhibit prolonged tendencies of thinking patterns and behavioral tendencies considered distinct from what the society deems normal. Such people manifest inadequate coping skills and have difficulty in building healthy relationships. They fail to realize the problem they are facing and do not seek treatment for their personality disorder. Personality disorders affect nearly 9.1 percent adult American population, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Continue reading

Study links leaky blood-brain barrier to onset of Alzheimer’s disease

The quest to develop treatments for complex diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, has always kept researchers on their toes to develop innovative programs and strategies. Scientists are focusing on developing various tests that may help in the early diagnosis of the Alzheimer’s disease (AD), as well as medications and strategies that can slow down its progress. Continue reading

5 tips to reduce college stress

With loads of books, games, fun, and friends, school days treasure the best memories of an individual’s life. Certainly, college days, too, bring a lot of cheer and fun in a student’s life. But for some, the first few days of college life can be stressful and demotivating. A number of factors such as higher competition, changed lifestyle and higher academic standards and expectations, among others, have been reported to cause such stress. Although this stressful situation cannot be completely avoided, it can definitely be controlled by learning and practicing certain stress-reducing strategies so that it doesn’t affect one’s health. Continue reading

Tips to deal with panic attack at workplace

Many people have the tendency to fear disaster that can have a drastic impact on their daily activities and the overall quality of life. Though panic attacks may not be associated with any stressful events and may strike without any warning, they can leave a lasting impact on the mind of the sufferer. However, in most cases, panic attacks are not life-threatening, but can leave a person completely shaken. The disorder, which often occurs in conjunction with other serious issues such as alcoholism, drug abuse and depression, may include the following symptoms: Continue reading