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

Bipolar man sets himself ablaze to get back at ex-girlfriend

Social media has changed the way we communicate and exchange thoughts. However, its platforms, such as Facebook, and its various features such as Facebook Live are now being increasingly used for unintended purposes. In one such incident that took place in Memphis, Tennessee, on May 13, 2017, a 33-year-old, popular local musician, died after setting himself on fire in a suicide that he streamed it live on Facebook. Continue reading

National Women’s Health Week: Using makeup to depict what mental illness feels like

“I love the confidence that makeup gives me.” – Tyra Banks.

The key purpose behind a makeup is to appear more beautiful and have that glamourous appeal. Common among women of all ages, makeup helps them get that desired look that boosts their confidence. While there have been a lot of trials on how to look prettier, Canadian beauty blogger Yasaman Gheidi has now unveiled an “out of the sight” purpose that makeup can serve.
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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

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

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

Prince Harry fights mental health stigma; opens up about his agony post mom Diana’s death

This year marks the 20th death anniversary of Princess Diana. While the royals have decided to keep the event a low-key affair, Prince Harry has revealed his 20-year-old agony over his mother’s death that left him in need of counseling. The prince, who was 12 years old at the time of Princess Diana’s demise in a car crash in 1997, admitted that he ignored his grief for years and finally faced his pain at the age of 28 when he was about to punch someone. Continue reading

Study paints gloomy picture of US health services

With each passing day, more Americans than before are getting depressed and anxiety-ridden. What adds to the growing mental health crisis is that the nation lacks efficient psychiatric services. Now, a new study suggests that more people in the U.S. are suffering from serious psychological distress (SPD) than ever and that mental health care facilities are deteriorating amid the rising demand. Continue reading

Linking terrorist attacks with mental illnesses is callous

Gun violence and mental health are often linked whenever an incident of shooting is reported anywhere in the United States. Not in many, but in some cases the connection between the two has been established. However, it was disturbing to hear the talks of mental illness as the cause behind the last month’s terror attack on the British Parliament. Continue reading