Agony of DACA repeal may affect mental health of immigrants

Agony of DACA repeal may affect mental health of immigrants

“I’m here today to announce that the program known as Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA), that was effectuated under the Obama administration, is being rescinded,” Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions declared recently. The announcement that came in the first week of September 2017, was enough to stun Dona Cantu (name changed), an immigrant who grew up in America and considers California her home. A pall of hopelessness descended upon her. Suddenly, everything she had worked so hard to achieve, seemed endangered. Continue reading

Loneliness may increase risk of premature death, finds study

Loneliness may increase risk of premature death, finds study

“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” — Mother Teresa.

Loneliness has always been associated with negative feelings, with researchers drawing parallels between mental illnesses and loneliness. According to a 2014 study published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research (JCDR), lonely people are more vulnerable to depressive symptoms. The study had reported an association between loneliness and severe conditions like dementia, alcohol abuse, chronic stress, suicide ideation, poor sleep and personality disorder. Continue reading

National Happiness Happens Day: 6 ways to enjoy happiness with optimum mental health

National Happiness Happens Day: 6 ways to enjoy happiness with optimum mental health

Omar Khayyam, one of the most influential thinkers of our times, once said, “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” This is the message that the National Happiness Happens Day (NHHD) intends to deliver. Observed on August 8 every year, the NHHD urges people to celebrate happiness. Be it a flicker of a giggle, a moment of rejoicing or an opportunity to smile, just make the most of it. Continue reading

Purposeful Parenting Month: How parents can help ADHD children make friends?

Purposeful Parenting Month: How parents can help ADHD children make friends?

In the words of American author Helen Keller, “I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” The presence of friends makes this world a better place to live in. While everybody wants to have good friends, children with a mental health problem need them more. Kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) find it difficult to make and maintain friends. They are often rejected by their peers and judged by teachers for their poor social skills. Continue reading

Young people under zero-hours contracts vulnerable to mental health problems, finds study

Young people under zero-hours contracts vulnerable to mental health problems, finds study

Zero-hours contracts or casual contracts, which allow employers to hire people without any guarantee of work, can affect the mental health of young employees. A new study suggests that young adults hired under zero-hours contracts are at higher risk of poor mental health than employees having stable jobs. Continue reading

State of Mississippi spent more on institutionalizing than on community services for mentally ill, reveals report

State of Mississippi spent more on institutionalizing than on community services for mentally ill, reveals report

A recent report, authorized by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (MSDMH), has revealed that a major share of the state’s resources was spent on institutionalizing those with mental disabilities rather than on community services for them. The same findings had previously been established by the U.S. Department of Justice. The report was made public Continue reading

How PTSD affects physical health

How PTSD affects physical health

“PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.” – Susan Pease Banitt                                                                        

Author, therapist and trauma expert, Susan Pease Banitt has rightly said that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating condition that can have an incapacitating effect on a person’s mental and physical health. There is no greater anguish than being traumatized by a nerve-racking event, day and night, taking the serenity away from an individual’s life. Continue reading

Bouldering may help treat depression, shows study

Bouldering may help treat depression, shows study

No one’s life is perfect. Everyone has their share of stresses, worries and tensions. At times, one is able to handle the situation easily, however, there are times when everything becomes overwhelming or the difficult times seem to go on forever. In such a case, the constant stress of dealing with a tough situation can harm a person’s mental health leading to the development of mental disorders like depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. Continue reading

US reeling under mental health crisis

US reeling under mental health crisis

Mental illnesses are a grave public health issue in the United States. Psychiatric conditions make an individual feel depressed and low on energy and also impact his/her functioning ability. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2015, there were over 43 million people aged 18 years or older in the country – representing about 18 percent of the adult population — with any mental illness (AMI) within the previous year. Continue reading