The importance of maintaining good mental health goes beyond preventing mental illness or disorder. Mental health contributes to an individual’s social and cognitive development, right from a very tender age. As appropriately put by the World Health Organization (WHO), “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Continue reading
The prevalence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among American children can be gauged from a recent study titled “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Parent-Reported Diagnosis of ADHD,” which revealed that an estimated 5.8 million children aged 5-17 years have been diagnosed with this disorder. Continue reading
Autism is a spectrum condition. This means that while most autistic patients share certain problems, at times what they see, hear and feel may vary. The screening for autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, takes place between the ages of 18 and 30 months in the United States. However, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is casting doubts over the benefits and harms associated with autism screening in young children.
If mental illness could be seen on a sufferer, may be society wouldn’t say, “Just get over it”.
– Lonely Lotus
It is difficult to identify people suffering from any mental disorder just like that, while for those with mental illnesses, it is tough to explain what is going on in their minds. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), mental health conditions touch and impact the lives of millions of Americans each year.
We might be aware of the most commonly discussed psychological disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar, obsessive compulsive disorder etc, but there are several unusual disorders that we might not have heard of, more so because they are rare or unknown or just bizarre. Given below is a list of not-so-common disorders that really exist. Continue reading
There are various researches that have linked depression in expectant mothers to the health of the offspring. But now a recent study has also found an association between a depressed expectant father and child. Continue reading
Older adults should not give up driving. A Columbia University study published recently has revealed that when older adults discontinue driving there is a high chance of them developing depression, dementia and other health-related problems. Continue reading
Environmental toxins are known to cause respiratory problems. However, according to a new study, these toxins may also lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
According to scientists at the Institute for EthnoMedicine, a non-profit medical research organization, and the University of Miami Brain Endowment Bank, environmental toxin may up the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. Continue reading
Like any other physical problem, a mental illness can affect anyone. However, the social stigma attached to it can be invariably maligning and have a deep impact on the patient’s life. For example, if an illness has no clear physical cause, then it is deemed to be “all in our mind” and therefore we must be “making it up.” Continue reading
Health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids are well-known. However, a recent study by a Japanese university on polyunsaturated fats present in omega-3 fatty acids being a potential treatment for mental illnesses has given a new hope to the United States, where approximately 9 percent people suffer from feelings of hopelessness and despondency. Continue reading