Scientists identify genes responsible for protection against neurodegenerative diseases

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.

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Sedentary lifestyle linked to potential psychosis symptoms in males: Study

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

Fighting mental disorders with exercise

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

Purposeful Parenting Month: Parents’ role in a child’s mental health

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

NAMI warns Senate about rising criminalization of mentally ill

“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.

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Stigma – a social evil jeopardizing lives of the mentally ill

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

America gears up to battle stigma around mental health

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