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 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

Personality disorders that are mental illnesses – 3: Borderline personality disorder

When someone is diagnosed with personality disorder, it can be difficult for his or her family and friends to accept the reality. Just like any other mental disorder, even personality disorders carries a social stigma represented by discriminating behavior and prejudicial attitudes. As a result, such patients are subjected to disapproval and anger, instead of support, understanding and compassion. But, personality disorder is a real problem that needs treatment and care to help people improve their quality of life. Continue reading

Higher consumption of low-fat dairy may reduce depressive symptoms, finds study

More than just a low mood, depression is a serious mental health disorder. Although treatment for depression is often a combination of medicine and therapy, a few changes in one’s food habits may help to treat depression. A nutritious diet consisting of Omega-3 sources such as dark chocolate, fatty fish and green leafy vegetables, or food rich in antioxidants such as broccoli and strawberries, combined with regular physical activity not only helps one maintain a healthy weight but also helps to maintain a healthy life. Continue reading

Elite athletes just as likely to report depressive symptoms as others, says study

It has long been believed that sports promote a sense of well-being. Elite athletes are generally viewed to live their dream life, but when it comes to mental illness, such as depression, it seems they are no different from the common man. Now, a new study by researchers at the University of Portsmouth suggests that elite athletes are just as likely to report mild or severe depressive symptoms as people who do not play any sport. Continue reading

Economic inequality, structural racism fuel increasing survival gap in US, says study

It seems health and wealth are inherently linked in the United States. According to a new study, wealthy Americans are likely to live up to 15 years longer than their poor peers.A five-paper series published recently in the British medical journal The Lancet has found that the increasing survival gap in the U.S. is a result of America’s growing economic inequality, racial segregation, mass incarceration and fractured health system. Continue reading

New Hampshire facing acute shortage of psychiatric beds

New Hampshire, like several other states in the country, is facing an acute shortage of psychiatric beds, leaving people with severe mental illness in the lurch. While the average number of people waiting for a mental health bed was just nine in 2013 in New Hampshire, it jumped dramatically to 46 at the end of March 2017, media reports said.  Continue reading

Personality disorders that are mental illnesses – 2: Histrionic personality disorder

The manner an individual behaves defines his or her personality. While some people are always cheerful, exuding confidence and adaptability, a few others are aggressive most of the times, often posing significant problems for their relationships and the society. But, whatever be the personality type, every individual is expected to follow the social norms and behave in a particular way, in accordance with one’s social group or culture. Continue reading

Santa Clara County reeling from a mental health crisis, reveals report

It seems Santa Clara County in California is in the midst of a mental health crisis. A recent report shows that nearly all people who died by suicide in the county between 2003 and 2015 either suffered from a mental health disorder or were exhibiting warning signs of one leading up to their deaths. Also, Morgan Hill had the second highest suicide rate in the county among the “youth” in the age group of 10-24 years, says the report that was released on March 3, 2017, by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD). Continue reading

Lower psychological distress linked to ocean views

For many people, listening to the sound of ocean waves or gazing at the vast expanse of water is considered among the most enjoyable activities, while several others swear by the joys of a beach vacation. People dream of spending the rest of their lives in a beach house after retirement. The tranquility of the ocean, the rhythm of the waves against the shore, the water touching the feet with tiny bits of wet sand, the breeze vividly touching the skin, is more than a breath of fresh air. It engulfs people with a sense of calmness, one that provides a serenity to the mind’s otherwise racing thoughts. Several pieces of research have highlighted the effect of ocean views on one’s mental healthContinue reading