New Hampshire facing acute shortage of psychiatric beds

New Hampshire facing acute shortage of psychiatric beds

New Hampshire, like several other states in the country, is facing an acute shortage of psychiatric beds, leaving people with severe mental illness in the lurch. While the average number of people waiting for a mental health bed was just nine in 2013 in New Hampshire, it jumped dramatically to 46 at the end of March 2017, media reports said.  Continue reading

Study shows limited link between depression and vitamin D deficiency

Study shows limited link between depression and vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D that plays a vital role in keeping one’s bone healthy has often been associated with mental health problems. However, due to the inconsistency in research, it is quite difficult to state with certainty the role that vitamin D might or might not have in preventing or treating mental illnesses such as depression. As vitamin D levels may vary with seasonal changes, it may play a role in explaining a relationship between vitamin D deficiency and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Continue reading

Personality disorders that are mental illnesses – 2: Histrionic personality disorder

Personality disorders that are mental illnesses – 2: Histrionic personality disorder

The manner an individual behaves defines his or her personality. While some people are always cheerful, exuding confidence and adaptability, a few others are aggressive most of the times, often posing significant problems for their relationships and the society. But, whatever be the personality type, every individual is expected to follow the social norms and behave in a particular way, in accordance with one’s social group or culture. Continue reading

Santa Clara County reeling from a mental health crisis, reveals report

Santa Clara County reeling from a mental health crisis, reveals report

It seems Santa Clara County in California is in the midst of a mental health crisis. A recent report shows that nearly all people who died by suicide in the county between 2003 and 2015 either suffered from a mental health disorder or were exhibiting warning signs of one leading up to their deaths. Also, Morgan Hill had the second highest suicide rate in the county among the “youth” in the age group of 10-24 years, says the report that was released on March 3, 2017, by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD). Continue reading

Drugs for enlarged prostate or male pattern baldness may cause depression, says study

Drugs for enlarged prostate or male pattern baldness may cause depression, says study

The physical conditions accompanying old age is a reality that people need to accept. There are various diseases and ailments that affect only the elderly and the fragile. One of the most common problems that elderly men complain of is difficulties due to an enlarged prostate. Continue reading

Lower psychological distress linked to ocean views

Lower psychological distress linked to ocean views

For many people, listening to the sound of ocean waves or gazing at the vast expanse of water is considered among the most enjoyable activities, while several others swear by the joys of a beach vacation. People dream of spending the rest of their lives in a beach house after retirement. The tranquility of the ocean, the rhythm of the waves against the shore, the water touching the feet with tiny bits of wet sand, the breeze vividly touching the skin, is more than a breath of fresh air. It engulfs people with a sense of calmness, one that provides a serenity to the mind’s otherwise racing thoughts. Several pieces of research have highlighted the effect of ocean views on one’s mental health.  Continue reading

Personality disorders that are mental illnesses – 1: Narcissism

Personality disorders that are mental illnesses – 1: Narcissism

The way an individual behaves, communicates and conducts life is known as his/her personality. Personality traits should fit the bill set by the social norms. However, many a times people are observed to behave abnormally and conduct activities that are not only upsetting but also invite troubles. Such people are commonly said to be suffering from personality disorder. Continue reading

Emo Eat: A disorder or a reality

Emo Eat: A disorder or a reality

If there was a reason at all to take the saying “you are what you eat” seriously, it would be the study in question. How many times has a stressful day at work culminated into one coming home, feeling lazy, ordering a pizza, wolfing down the whole thing accompanied by a soda or some alternate fizzy drink, which is then followed by ice cream or cookies, whichever be the preferred dessert. Several. Right?  Continue reading

Is nostalgia a mental illness?

Is nostalgia a mental illness?

People often experience feelings of nostalgia at some point in their life, wherein they fondly remember something that happened in the past. Interestingly, such nostalgic feelings can originate from a simple act of smelling a flower or visiting an old spot and thinking about an old schoolmate or a family holiday. However, at times, they may appear just as a passing thought. But, whatever be the source of these past reminiscences, nostalgia can have both positive and negative impact on an individual struck by the sense of such bittersweet feelings. Continue reading

World Autism Awareness Day: Understanding the needs and rights of children suffering from ASD

World Autism Awareness Day: Understanding the needs and rights of children suffering from ASD

One among 68 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC), Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM). To turn the focus of the world on the burgeoning problem of autism that affects millions of children all over the world, “World Autism Awareness Day” is observed on April 2 every year. Considering that autistic children face communication problems and difficulties in social interaction, it is important to raise awareness about the disorder, its early diagnosis and timely intervention. Continue reading