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?

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

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

World Bipolar Day: Identifying responders to lithium therapy will aid recovery of bipolar disorder patients

World Bipolar Day (WBD) is observed on March 30, 2017, every year to educate people about bipolar disorder (BD) and the need to be more sensitive toward those suffering from it. Noted Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent Willem van Gogh is believed to have manifested symptoms of BD and was allegedly diagnosed with the same after his death. As Van Gogh was born on this day, it has been marked to commemorate BD to ensure greater awareness about the disorder.
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National Nutrition Month: Improvements in diet linked to better psychological resilience

“We are what we eat,” is a common adage. Emphasizing the importance of diet, a nutrition education and information campaign, National Nutrition Month (NNM) is observed in March every year, in the U.S., by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It focuses on the importance of developing sound eating habits as well as physical activity. This year’s theme, “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” serves as a reminder that each individual holds the tool to make healthier food choices and that making small changes during this month, and over time, helps improve his/her health. Continue reading

Excessive social media use can lead to social isolation and mental problems

It feels good to be connected. Most people take to social networking sites to connect with like-minded people or those with similar interests or with friends and relatives. It is a good way to stay in touch with people living far off. The interlinking between various social networking sites has helped people gain access to more information. This has drastically altered the way people communicate and do business. However, spending more time on various social media platforms might also increase the chances of feeling isolated on a social level, says a recent study.
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Obamacare stays, as Trump administration withdraws AHCA

After weeks of speculation, unrest and finally a reluctant acceptance of the repeal of Obamacare, a shock wave spread across the nation on Friday when the Republicans faltered in their first significant endeavor to reshape the U.S. health care system under the present presidency. The Trump administration had to pull their health care bill from the house floor on Friday when it faced major opposition from both the Republicans and the Democrats. Continue reading

Researchers evaluate experiences of youth regarding mental health services

Mental health problems in the United States have become a grave concern with roughly 18.5 percent American adults affected by them in a year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). However, many of them fail to get adequate mental health treatment that would help in their recovery. Continue reading

Detecting depression and anxiety in newborn children

Getting anxious or depressed is a common response to stressful situations. Some people may experience continued feelings of sadness, worry or fear on daily basis and may find it difficult to overcome negative thoughts. Many a times, cases of depression and anxiety are identified when patients self-report about the nature of their emotions or behavior, the experiences they had in their past or suicidal thoughts they may be experiencing often. A new study, titled, “Neonatal Amygdala Functional Connectivity at Rest in Healthy and Preterm Infants and Early Internalizing Symptoms” has paved way for early detection of symptoms of depression and anxiety by scanning brains of newborns. The study got published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) in February 2017.
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