Tackling bereavement and depression – how to return to normality

Tackling bereavement and depression – how to return to normality

Bereavement holds the power of divesting a person of everything he once enjoyed. In no time, mourning may lead to a mental illness leaving him clueless about moving forward. Besides, his response to grief may be different and could be influenced by the extremity of loss he went through. According to the American Cancer Society, one out of five bereaved people have the potential to develop major depression. Continue reading

Still got the blues: Why depression is high among African-American women

Still got the blues: Why depression is high among African-American women

Mental health problems do not discriminate and can affect people of all ages, irrespective of their cultures and social groups. However, certain individuals or groups seem to be more vulnerable to the illness due to various factors, like historical adversity, socio-economic condition and cultural beliefs. Continue reading

Technology-based mental health therapy

Technology-based mental health therapy

Virtual reality video games enable players to accomplish things they would not attempt in their daily lives, such as killing a monster, robbing a bank, starting a war or being a part of the fantasy world. With an increasing importance of technology in the society, mental health therapists are using virtual reality as a weapon in their fight against mental illness.

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Avatar Therapy: An innovative treatment for auditory hallucination

Avatar Therapy: An innovative treatment for auditory hallucination

A hallucination can be visual or auditory, olfactory or tactile. Auditory hallucinations are among the most common and most difficult to treat. While certain medications and therapies can mitigate hallucinations, there is no cure for the condition. Antipsychotic medications can cause unwanted side effects and cognitive behavioral therapy has no effect on muting the hallucinations or reducing their prevalence.

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App appeal: Smartphones can shape your mental health too

App appeal: Smartphones can shape your mental health too

Smartphones are often blamed for unhealthy lifestyle habits. However, if used in a proper way, it also helps the users improve their fitness and health while performing its other regular functions. In fact, it seems as though there is an app for every aspect of physical wellness nowadays.

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Medical staff find comfort in honoring lives

Medical staff find comfort in honoring lives

Those in the medical field who care for gravely ill or injured patients must come to terms with the possibility of witnessing death. Doctors and nurses working in emergency departments and intensive care units, for example, try every conceivable treatment to keep their patient alive, but when if the moment of death comes, the frustration and sadness is palpable.

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Former sheriff suggests separate jail intake to identify prisoners with mental illness

Former sheriff suggests separate jail intake to identify prisoners with mental illness

The Detroit Free Press reports that a lawsuit was filed last week naming Macomb County, Michigan, as one of the responsible parties in the death of inmate David Stojcevski. According to reports, Stojcevski died in 2014 while in the care of the Macomb County jail’s mental health unit.

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