Mental Health Awareness Month: Social media can positively impact mental health

Mental Health Awareness Month: Social media can positively impact mental health

Social media has changed the way people socialize, interact, exchange thoughts, and connect with one another. It has shifted the human-to-human interaction to the new digital audio-visual communication done using images and written words. Although virtual social media can affect the mental and physical health of a person. Continue reading

Mental Health Awareness Week: Two-thirds of British adults experience mental illnesses, says survey

Mental Health Awareness Week: Two-thirds of British adults experience mental illnesses, says survey

Two-thirds or 65 percent of adults in the United Kingdom have experienced a mental disorder at some point in their lives, a new survey has revealed. According to the study by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), a U.K. charity, the mental health problem is getting worse with the population in the age group of 18-54 years more likely to experience a psychiatric disorder. Continue reading

New developments in understanding schizophrenia better

New developments in understanding schizophrenia better

In the last few decades, many developments have taken place in the field of mental health that have helped in enhancing the overall understanding of schizophrenia, which is a severe and chronic mental disorder that leads to the loss of touch with the reality. Though not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms of schizophrenia can be very disabling in the long run. Continue reading

Can small doses of opioids prevent suicides?

Can small doses of opioids prevent suicides?

According to the 2015 report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than a million Americans attempted suicide in 2013 resulting in nearly 40,000 deaths. It has been identified as the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. No particular medication is available as yet to provide relief from suicidal thoughts. Psychiatrists draw a distinction between depression and suicidal thoughts and they do not recommend prescribing antidepressants. Moreover, antidepressants may take weeks to start showing effects. Continue reading

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt to support mental health campaign for youth

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt to support mental health campaign for youth

Michael Phelps, a decorated U.S. Olympic champion, and Allison Schmitt, an eight–time Olympic medalist, will serve as the Honorary Chairpersons of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA), National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (NCMHAD) event. The event is scheduled to be held on May 4, 2017, Thursday, at the Jack Morton Auditorium, in the George Washington University. Continue reading

World Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day: Postpartum depression can damage mother-child bond

World Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day: Postpartum depression can damage mother-child bond

Bringing home a newborn baby is a life-changing experience. While it brings a lot of happiness to the family, it is common for a new mother to experience baby blues, feel sad, depressed and at times, weepy. But, if the new mom experiences more severe psychotic symptoms, such as delusions or hallucinations following a few days or even months after delivering a baby, she is probably experiencing the symptoms of a severe mood disorder known as postpartum depression (PPD), also called postnatal depression (PND). Continue reading

Pot use in adolescence linked to schizophrenia, finds study

Pot use in adolescence linked to schizophrenia, finds study

It has long been known that schizophrenia, a psychotic disorder caused by an imbalance in the brain’s chemical reactions, has genetic roots. Now, a new study suggests that the chronic mental condition may be precipitated by environmental factors such as cannabis use. According to the study, smoking pot or using cannabis in other ways during adolescence may serve as a catalyst for schizophrenia among people susceptible to the disorder. Continue reading

Can depression be prevented? US neuroscientist’s new drug may do wonders

Can depression be prevented? US neuroscientist’s new drug may do wonders

Depression, according to Merriam Webster, is “a mood disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping.” There are mainly two ways to treat it – antidepressants and behavioral therapies – or a combination of both can be used. However, no one had been able to find a scientific way to prevent the occurrence of depression. Continue reading

Personality disorders that are mental illnesses – 4: Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder

Personality disorders that are mental illnesses – 4: Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder

Many people exhibit perfectionism in whatever they do, but there are people who cross all the limits and display extreme perfectionist traits. At times, such a perfectionist behavior can go up to the extent that might get difficult for the sufferer to lead a normal life. Such people can be so rigid and focused on their own rulebooks that even the slightest disruption could severely affect their mood and behavior. As a result, they not only face stressed relationships and ill health, but also struggle to lead a happy life. Precisely, making perfectionism a preoccupation is a serious issue, as it could be a sign of a mental disorder known as obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). Continue reading

Young UK women more likely to report mental health problems

Young UK women more likely to report mental health problems

Young women in the United Kingdom are more likely to report anxiety and depression than their male counterparts, according to a new survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The survey that examined the well-being of people aged 16 and 24 showed that about 25 percent women confessed to having faced symptoms pertaining to mental health conditions in 2014-2015, The Guardian reported. Continue reading