Mental Health Awareness Week: Two-thirds of British adults experience mental illnesses, says survey

Mental Health Awareness Week: Two-thirds of British adults experience mental illnesses, says survey

Two-thirds or 65 percent of adults in the United Kingdom have experienced a mental disorder at some point in their lives, a new survey has revealed. According to the study by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), a U.K. charity, the mental health problem is getting worse with the population in the age group of 18-54 years more likely to experience a psychiatric disorder. Continue reading

New developments in understanding schizophrenia better

New developments in understanding schizophrenia better

In the last few decades, many developments have taken place in the field of mental health that have helped in enhancing the overall understanding of schizophrenia, which is a severe and chronic mental disorder that leads to the loss of touch with the reality. Though not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms of schizophrenia can be very disabling in the long run. Continue reading

Can small doses of opioids prevent suicides?

Can small doses of opioids prevent suicides?

According to the 2015 report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than a million Americans attempted suicide in 2013 resulting in nearly 40,000 deaths. It has been identified as the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. No particular medication is available as yet to provide relief from suicidal thoughts. Psychiatrists draw a distinction between depression and suicidal thoughts and they do not recommend prescribing antidepressants. Moreover, antidepressants may take weeks to start showing effects. Continue reading

Homicide charge dropped against Australian mother suffering from schizophrenia

Homicide charge dropped against Australian mother suffering from schizophrenia

Mental illness, especially an untreated one, can severely affect an individual’s ability to act normally. In a tragic turn of events, a 40-year-old mother, who had been suffering from schizophrenia, which had not been diagnosed, killed 8 children, including her niece, believing that she was saving them from an apocalypse. Continue reading

Denise Welch’s film on depression wins award

Denise Welch’s film on depression wins award

A psychological drama about a woman trapped in her home by a teenage boy, “Black Eyed Susan,” starring Denise Welch has been awarded the best short drama at a film festival in the United States. It is a very personal success for Welch who has admitted to battling depression for nearly 30 years. The 15-minute film produced by Welch is part of a series called “#oktosay” that features people from different walks of life talking about how they overcame their mental health problems. Continue reading

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt to support mental health campaign for youth

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt to support mental health campaign for youth

Michael Phelps, a decorated U.S. Olympic champion, and Allison Schmitt, an eight–time Olympic medalist, will serve as the Honorary Chairpersons of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA), National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (NCMHAD) event. The event is scheduled to be held on May 4, 2017, Thursday, at the Jack Morton Auditorium, in the George Washington University. Continue reading

World Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day: Postpartum depression can damage mother-child bond

World Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day: Postpartum depression can damage mother-child bond

Bringing home a newborn baby is a life-changing experience. While it brings a lot of happiness to the family, it is common for a new mother to experience baby blues, feel sad, depressed and at times, weepy. But, if the new mom experiences more severe psychotic symptoms, such as delusions or hallucinations following a few days or even months after delivering a baby, she is probably experiencing the symptoms of a severe mood disorder known as postpartum depression (PPD), also called postnatal depression (PND). Continue reading

Pot use in adolescence linked to schizophrenia, finds study

Pot use in adolescence linked to schizophrenia, finds study

It has long been known that schizophrenia, a psychotic disorder caused by an imbalance in the brain’s chemical reactions, has genetic roots. Now, a new study suggests that the chronic mental condition may be precipitated by environmental factors such as cannabis use. According to the study, smoking pot or using cannabis in other ways during adolescence may serve as a catalyst for schizophrenia among people susceptible to the disorder. Continue reading

Can depression be prevented? US neuroscientist’s new drug may do wonders

Can depression be prevented? US neuroscientist’s new drug may do wonders

Depression, according to Merriam Webster, is “a mood disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping.” There are mainly two ways to treat it – antidepressants and behavioral therapies – or a combination of both can be used. However, no one had been able to find a scientific way to prevent the occurrence of depression. Continue reading