It is difficult to recover completely from certain disorders pertaining to mind and nervous system. In the pursuit to understand the causes of such diseases and to find their effective treatment, a recent study claimed to have identified the root cause of neurodegenerative diseases. The study, titled “UBQLN2 Mediates Autophagy-Independent Protein Aggregate Clearance by the Proteasome,” is based on the premise that removal of misfolded and aggregated proteins is necessary for survival of cells.
The role of physical activity in overall well-being should not be underestimated. Its significance was reiterated recently by a team of researchers who said that physical activity can help fight the onset of heart disorders and untimely death in people suffering from mental illnesses. Continue reading
Exercise has a multidimensional impact on human health. While everyone knows about the rewarding effects of exercise on physical health, its impact on mental health is not always highlighted. One thing people must understand is that poor mental health can lead to poor physical health and likewise, poor physical health can be a contributor to poor mental health. Thus, to lead a healthy and happy life, it is necessary to maintain both physical and mental health. Continue reading
The importance of maintaining good mental health goes beyond preventing mental illness or disorder. Mental health contributes to an individual’s social and cognitive development, right from a very tender age. As appropriately put by the World Health Organization (WHO), “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Continue reading
The petrifying highs, the distressing lows, the erratic anxieties, and the baffling mood swings are not a passing phase. These experiences are serious and need attention. Though mental illness can strike anyone, many people suffering from it find themselves alone, excluded from many aspects of the society. Continue reading
“A sick thought can devour the body’s flesh more than fever or consumption.”
– Guy de Maupassant (Le Horla et autres contes fantastiques)
This quote aptly explains the suffering of the victims of various mental illnesses who may always feel exhausted without understanding the reason behind it. Every single day, they are fighting a war in their heads. And a shocking number of them end up in various prisons in the United States.
The idea of a man in every male-dominated society seems to be based on a fragile concept of masculinity. The portrayal of a man as a stoic who must never accept help at the cost of his vigor and strength has dominated generations, leaving men vulnerable to emotional outbursts and mental illnesses ignored by the rest. Continue reading
Older adults should not give up driving. A Columbia University study published recently has revealed that when older adults discontinue driving there is a high chance of them developing depression, dementia and other health-related problems. Continue reading
Like any other physical problem, a mental illness can affect anyone. However, the social stigma attached to it can be invariably maligning and have a deep impact on the patient’s life. For example, if an illness has no clear physical cause, then it is deemed to be “all in our mind” and therefore we must be “making it up.” Continue reading
Who in the world doesn’t fall sick? One can be unwell physically, or mentally. Though a physical illness hardly causes an embarrassment, there is usually a stigma attached to mental disorders. Even though celebrities have come out openly against stigmatizing mental disorders off and on, the general perception has not changed much. Continue reading