Perception is a relative term. Different people can perceive the same thing in different ways. And at times, people might try to read things even when they do not exist. The power of one’s imagination cannot be ignored. Disability to differentiate between real and unreal can make it difficult to manage emotions and to function normally in day-to-day situations. Continue reading
Inattention, impulsivity, or hyperactivity are some of the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and are attributed to genetic traits or complex neurological differences seen in brain development. While more studies are being carried out to understand the factors behind the growing prevalence of ADHD among American children, scientists from the King’s College London and the University of Bristol have associated unhealthy dietary habits of moms-to-be with the risks of ADHD in their children. Continue reading
Not all people can have the same personality. Similarly, the personality disorders also cannot be the same. People who are unable to think normally or act inconsistently with the rest of the society are usually said to be suffering from behavioral or mood disorders, ranging from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to depression and many others. Continue reading
The complex brain development disorder, characteristic of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), affects nearly 1 percent of the world population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, nearly one in 68 American children was diagnosed with ASD in 2012.
Stigma has its own way of worsening mental health. It tends to make people feel withdrawn and isolated. Most of the mentally ill people take time to respond to treatment, but stigma can aggravate the condition of those afflicted with psychological disorders. Continue reading
Getting scared or having a fear of danger, such as an exposure to fire or violence, is common. However, sometimes, these fears can be unreasonable in some people, which can not only hamper their daily activity and lifestyle but also make them unfit for a healthy lifestyle. Such fears are known as “phobias”. Continue reading
The right to good mental health must be available to all, including children of all age groups and races. Experts have felt that providing access to adequate mental health can help in the social and cognitive development of a child. Continue reading
Children born to older fathers have been found to be at a great likelihood of suffering from schizophrenia. Studies have said that 15 percent patients detected with schizophrenia were also diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), making it unclear if the first child born to an older father also carried the risk of suffering from OCD.
It is not easy to fight off depression. The additional stress and anxiety that worsen the symptoms of this mental disorder make it more difficult for depressed people to cope with their condition. The most pertinent solution during this period is to adopt strategies that would help ameliorate their condition. Continue reading
There could be various reasons for harboring suicidal thoughts, but most of the individuals contemplating suicide either have previous complaints of depression or are reeling under unrelenting agony. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States with nearly 42,773 Americans ending their lives every year. Continue reading