High-fat diet during pregnancy may increase risk of mental disorders in offspring, finds study

High-fat diet during pregnancy may increase risk of mental disorders in offspring, finds study

In the to-do list of an expectant mother, diet occupies the top slot. It is imperative for all moms-to-be to consume nutritious food for a healthy baby. Stressing the need for healthy foods during pregnancy, a new study has revealed some harmful effects of a high-fat diet on both the mother and the unborn child. Continue reading

Purposeful Parenting Month: How parents can help ADHD children make friends?

Purposeful Parenting Month: How parents can help ADHD children make friends?

In the words of American author Helen Keller, “I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” The presence of friends makes this world a better place to live in. While everybody wants to have good friends, children with a mental health problem need them more. Kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) find it difficult to make and maintain friends. They are often rejected by their peers and judged by teachers for their poor social skills. Continue reading

Young people under zero-hours contracts vulnerable to mental health problems, finds study

Young people under zero-hours contracts vulnerable to mental health problems, finds study

Zero-hours contracts or casual contracts, which allow employers to hire people without any guarantee of work, can affect the mental health of young employees. A new study suggests that young adults hired under zero-hours contracts are at higher risk of poor mental health than employees having stable jobs. Continue reading

Childhood brain injury increases risk of anxiety disorders as adults, finds study

Childhood brain injury increases risk of anxiety disorders as adults, finds study

Childhood gifts a person some of the most pleasurable and fun moments of life. However, it is also a vulnerable phase when a child is growing and most of his/her cognitive functions and various organs are developing. The slightest injury can result in trauma or injury which can have serious effects that can last a lifetime. In fact, according to a recent study, a child who is exposed to some form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is likely to deal with its aftereffects in the form of mental health issues as an adult. Continue reading

State of Mississippi spent more on institutionalizing than on community services for mentally ill, reveals report

State of Mississippi spent more on institutionalizing than on community services for mentally ill, reveals report

A recent report, authorized by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (MSDMH), has revealed that a major share of the state’s resources was spent on institutionalizing those with mental disabilities rather than on community services for them. The same findings had previously been established by the U.S. Department of Justice. The report was made public Continue reading

Five things to know before trying natural cures for depression

Five things to know before trying natural cures for depression

“It’s a bit like walking down a long, dark corridor never knowing when the light will go on.” – Neil Lennon on depression

Ups and downs are a part of life as are the occasional storms that can throw one off course. It is normal for a person to feel sad after the demise of a loved one, experience stress at his/her job or get anxious due to a physical ailment. But, if such feelings persist for long and the person continues to experience sadness, grief, guilt and hopelessness every day, it could be the start of the development of a major depressive disorder. Continue reading

How PTSD affects physical health

How PTSD affects physical health

“PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.” – Susan Pease Banitt                                                                        

Author, therapist and trauma expert, Susan Pease Banitt has rightly said that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating condition that can have an incapacitating effect on a person’s mental and physical health. There is no greater anguish than being traumatized by a nerve-racking event, day and night, taking the serenity away from an individual’s life. Continue reading

Bouldering may help treat depression, shows study

Bouldering may help treat depression, shows study

No one’s life is perfect. Everyone has their share of stresses, worries and tensions. At times, one is able to handle the situation easily, however, there are times when everything becomes overwhelming or the difficult times seem to go on forever. In such a case, the constant stress of dealing with a tough situation can harm a person’s mental health leading to the development of mental disorders like depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. Continue reading

US reeling under mental health crisis

US reeling under mental health crisis

Mental illnesses are a grave public health issue in the United States. Psychiatric conditions make an individual feel depressed and low on energy and also impact his/her functioning ability. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2015, there were over 43 million people aged 18 years or older in the country – representing about 18 percent of the adult population — with any mental illness (AMI) within the previous year. Continue reading