National Happiness Happens Day: 6 ways to enjoy happiness with optimum mental health

Omar Khayyam, one of the most influential thinkers of our times, once said, “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” This is the message that the National Happiness Happens Day (NHHD) intends to deliver. Observed on August 8 every year, the NHHD urges people to celebrate happiness. Be it a flicker of a giggle, a moment of rejoicing or an opportunity to smile, just make the most of it. Continue reading

National Exercise with Your Child Week: Role of physical activity in managing depression

Depression in teens is fairly common in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2015, about three million American adolescents aged 12 to 17 experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year. Depression affects teens badly as it may contribute to poor interpersonal relationships and impaired physical health. Continue reading

Anxiety, depression affect well-being of older population

Some old people enjoy high levels of subjective well-being despite age-related illnesses such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, among others. German scientists have tried to find out the reasons behind it. A new study, published recently in the journal BMC Geriatrics, has reported a strong association between low levels of well-being experienced and depression/anxiety. Continue reading

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?

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

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 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

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

“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