5 psychotherapies to treat geriatric depression

At times, it is normal to find elderly people sitting quietly in some part of the house or in a garden. It is probably their way to find solace and peace from the continuous hustle-bustle of life. But this may not be the case every time! When a senior citizen frequently displays such behavior and is often found feeling sad and low, it is probably the development of depression, termed as geriatric depression (GD) in the elderly. Continue reading

No direct association between depression and all-cause mortality, says study

Depression is increasingly being associated with greater rates of mortality. Major depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in 2015, more than 16 million people aged 18 years or older, representing 6.7 percent of all adult population, had at least one major depressive episode in the previous year. Continue reading

Mental Health Awareness Month: Alicia Raimundo opens up about her battle with mental illness

A lot of stigmas is associated with different mental health issues affecting a large number of people across the globe. In a situation where mentally ill people are still looked down upon, Alicia Raimundo, from Toronto, Canada, has shown her mettle by opening up about her journey with mental illnesses. She has done so with an aim to let people know that mental illnesses are more common than they actually think. Continue reading

Trauma can complicate mental health treatment

Many people suffer from traumatic stress reactions at some point in life. Although trauma affects everyone differently, a majority of people exposed to traumatic events display symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Apart from causing initial reactions, such as sadness, anxiety, dissociation, agitation, confusion and physical arousal, trauma can complicate the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. Continue reading

5 ways to fight that feeling of insecurity

The feeling of insecurity is defined as the feeling of uncertainty about oneself. Psychologist Ann Kearney-Cooke explains insecurities as, “a fear, an underlying feeling that you’re not enough.” It is an inner feeling that is experienced by every individual at some time or the other. While it is normal to experience such emotions at times, the condition becomes severe when the person experiences such feelings all the time. Continue reading

Bipolar man sets himself ablaze to get back at ex-girlfriend

Social media has changed the way we communicate and exchange thoughts. However, its platforms, such as Facebook, and its various features such as Facebook Live are now being increasingly used for unintended purposes. In one such incident that took place in Memphis, Tennessee, on May 13, 2017, a 33-year-old, popular local musician, died after setting himself on fire in a suicide that he streamed it live on Facebook. Continue reading

Mental Health Awareness Month: Social media can positively impact mental health

Social media has changed the way people socialize, interact, exchange thoughts, and connect with one another. It has shifted the human-to-human interaction to the new digital audio-visual communication done using images and written words. Although virtual social media can affect the mental and physical health of a person. Continue reading