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

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

MDHHS to run pilots to test Medicaid mental and behavioral health integration

Government organizations always work to ensure good health of citizens by making the best mental and physical health services available to them. In an attempt to ensure the same, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has decided to implement pilot projects to test the efficiency of integrating physical and behavioral health delivery systems for Medicaid patients in its 2018 budget. The budget allocation has been finalized in consultation with the House, Senate and Gov. Rick Snyder. Continue reading

No evidence-based connection between cat ownership and mental disorders, finds study

In the past, several studies suggested that there is a close association between cat ownership and mental disorders. However, some of the latest studies have challenged this finding. According to a new study conducted by the University College London (UCL) researchers, there is no direct link between cat ownership and development of mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia. Continue reading

Addition of B-vitamins improves outcomes for schizophrenia patients

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) highlights that schizophrenia is one of the leading causes of disability and nearly 1.1 percent of the adult population of the United States live with this problem. Currently, the treatment of schizophrenia includes counseling and antipsychotic drugs that assist in alleviating the symptoms of hallucination and delusions. Continue reading

Model Lily Bailey on suffering from OCD since childhood and making endless lists of perceived faults, daily!

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic mental disorder in which a person has reoccurring, uncontrollable thoughts and behaviors. Individuals with OCD may have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both, which can interfere with their daily life activities. OCD is a common disorder that can affect anyone all over the world. British model and writer Lily Bailey is one of them. Continue reading

5 psychotherapies to treat geriatric depression

At times, it is normal to find elderly people sitting quietly in some part of the house or in a garden. It is probably their way to find solace and peace from the continuous hustle-bustle of life. But this may not be the case every time! When a senior citizen frequently displays such behavior and is often found feeling sad and low, it is probably the development of depression, termed as geriatric depression (GD) in the elderly. Continue reading

No direct association between depression and all-cause mortality, says study

Depression is increasingly being associated with greater rates of mortality. Major depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in 2015, more than 16 million people aged 18 years or older, representing 6.7 percent of all adult population, had at least one major depressive episode in the previous year. Continue reading

Trauma can complicate mental health treatment

Many people suffer from traumatic stress reactions at some point in life. Although trauma affects everyone differently, a majority of people exposed to traumatic events display symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Apart from causing initial reactions, such as sadness, anxiety, dissociation, agitation, confusion and physical arousal, trauma can complicate the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. Continue reading