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

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

Personality disorders that are mental illnesses – 4: Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder

Many people exhibit perfectionism in whatever they do, but there are people who cross all the limits and display extreme perfectionist traits. At times, such a perfectionist behavior can go up to the extent that might get difficult for the sufferer to lead a normal life. Such people can be so rigid and focused on their own rulebooks that even the slightest disruption could severely affect their mood and behavior. As a result, they not only face stressed relationships and ill health, but also struggle to lead a happy life. Precisely, making perfectionism a preoccupation is a serious issue, as it could be a sign of a mental disorder known as obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). Continue reading

Young UK women more likely to report mental health problems

Young women in the United Kingdom are more likely to report anxiety and depression than their male counterparts, according to a new survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The survey that examined the well-being of people aged 16 and 24 showed that about 25 percent women confessed to having faced symptoms pertaining to mental health conditions in 2014-2015, The Guardian reported. Continue reading

Prince Harry fights mental health stigma; opens up about his agony post mom Diana’s death

This year marks the 20th death anniversary of Princess Diana. While the royals have decided to keep the event a low-key affair, Prince Harry has revealed his 20-year-old agony over his mother’s death that left him in need of counseling. The prince, who was 12 years old at the time of Princess Diana’s demise in a car crash in 1997, admitted that he ignored his grief for years and finally faced his pain at the age of 28 when he was about to punch someone. Continue reading

Personality disorders that are mental illnesses – 3: Borderline personality disorder

When someone is diagnosed with personality disorder, it can be difficult for his or her family and friends to accept the reality. Just like any other mental disorder, even personality disorders carries a social stigma represented by discriminating behavior and prejudicial attitudes. As a result, such patients are subjected to disapproval and anger, instead of support, understanding and compassion. But, personality disorder is a real problem that needs treatment and care to help people improve their quality of life. Continue reading

Study paints gloomy picture of US health services

With each passing day, more Americans than before are getting depressed and anxiety-ridden. What adds to the growing mental health crisis is that the nation lacks efficient psychiatric services. Now, a new study suggests that more people in the U.S. are suffering from serious psychological distress (SPD) than ever and that mental health care facilities are deteriorating amid the rising demand. Continue reading

Higher consumption of low-fat dairy may reduce depressive symptoms, finds study

More than just a low mood, depression is a serious mental health disorder. Although treatment for depression is often a combination of medicine and therapy, a few changes in one’s food habits may help to treat depression. A nutritious diet consisting of Omega-3 sources such as dark chocolate, fatty fish and green leafy vegetables, or food rich in antioxidants such as broccoli and strawberries, combined with regular physical activity not only helps one maintain a healthy weight but also helps to maintain a healthy life. Continue reading

Elite athletes just as likely to report depressive symptoms as others, says study

It has long been believed that sports promote a sense of well-being. Elite athletes are generally viewed to live their dream life, but when it comes to mental illness, such as depression, it seems they are no different from the common man. Now, a new study by researchers at the University of Portsmouth suggests that elite athletes are just as likely to report mild or severe depressive symptoms as people who do not play any sport. Continue reading