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

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

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

MDHHS to run pilots to test Medicaid mental and behavioral health integration

Government organizations always work to ensure good health of citizens by making the best mental and physical health services available to them. In an attempt to ensure the same, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has decided to implement pilot projects to test the efficiency of integrating physical and behavioral health delivery systems for Medicaid patients in its 2018 budget. The budget allocation has been finalized in consultation with the House, Senate and Gov. Rick Snyder. Continue reading

PTSD Awareness Month: Identifying hidden PTSD in teenagers

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that is commonly believed to affect only war veterans. However, this does not hold true. PTSD is a severe mental health condition that can affect adults, teens and kids when they are exposed to a traumatic or terrifying incident such as, physical harm, sexual assault, violence or a life-threatening situation. Continue reading

No evidence-based connection between cat ownership and mental disorders, finds study

In the past, several studies suggested that there is a close association between cat ownership and mental disorders. However, some of the latest studies have challenged this finding. According to a new study conducted by the University College London (UCL) researchers, there is no direct link between cat ownership and development of mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia. Continue reading

SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Barometer gets surprising insights into America’s behavioral health

The prevalence of mental health problems and substance abuse are two of the most serious public health issues in the American society today. With each passing day, more individuals are falling prey to either or both of these. Although the federal government has been taking a number of steps to curb these issues, there is still a lot to achieve. Continue reading

Addition of B-vitamins improves outcomes for schizophrenia patients

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) highlights that schizophrenia is one of the leading causes of disability and nearly 1.1 percent of the adult population of the United States live with this problem. Currently, the treatment of schizophrenia includes counseling and antipsychotic drugs that assist in alleviating the symptoms of hallucination and delusions. Continue reading

PTSD Awareness Month: Computer-based attention control training can effectively treat PTSD, suggests study

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that affects an individual who has experienced a shocking, scary, or life-threatening event. Typically, the symptoms of the condition, such as flashbacks, bad dreams, scary thoughts, inability to sleep properly and anger outbursts, begin to develop within three months of the traumatic incident, but at times, they tend to appear years later. Continue reading

Model Lily Bailey on suffering from OCD since childhood and making endless lists of perceived faults, daily!

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic mental disorder in which a person has reoccurring, uncontrollable thoughts and behaviors. Individuals with OCD may have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both, which can interfere with their daily life activities. OCD is a common disorder that can affect anyone all over the world. British model and writer Lily Bailey is one of them. Continue reading