After wrinkles, Botox may treat anxiety!

After wrinkles, Botox may treat anxiety!

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is becoming common in the United States. A disorder that typically begins in teenage years, SAD is characterized by a high level of fear in social situations causing isolation and extreme emotional distress. Also called social phobia, individuals suffering from SAD may have few or no social relationships, making them feel ashamed or alone. Continue reading

Personality disorder that can be mental illness – 1: Narcissism

Personality disorder that can be mental illness – 1: Narcissism

Every individual has a different personality and set of beliefs, which make him or her unique. People perceive the world around them differently, which lays the foundation for the development of their basic characteristic and personality. Many a time, an individual is unable to show his or her true self. As a result, he or she affects those around him or her in negative ways due to the lack of personal awareness. Such people are said to be suffering from a personality disorder. Continue reading

International Women’s Day: Lovato to get Artistic Award of Courage for sharing her battle against bipolar disorder

International Women’s Day: Lovato to get Artistic Award of Courage for sharing her battle against bipolar disorder

The fear of stigma and discrimination often tends to prevent people, especially women, from opening up about their mental health problems that might be making their lives miserable. More and more information is being shared about treating psychiatric disorders as important as physical disorders for a happy life. This has helped in spreading awareness and enhancing the understanding about mental problems. As a result, many Americans, including celebrities, are encouraged to seek necessary help and share their struggle with psychological illnesses, a topic once considered a taboo and discussed only in hushed tones. Singer, songwriter and actress Demi Lovato is one of them who has shown the courage to defy societal norms and speak aloud about her mental health issues. Continue reading

Self-guided cognitive behavioral therapy may help curb depressive symptoms, finds research

Self-guided cognitive behavioral therapy may help curb depressive symptoms, finds research

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a form of talk therapy that works by changing a patient’s way of thinking and behavioral patterns. By making a patient aware of his/her distorted thinking and irrational behavior, it helps them develop alternative ways of thinking, thereby reducing their psychological distress. While CBT is highly successful in treating mild to moderate depression and anxiety, it might be cumbersome for those who do not have the time to go to a therapist or do not want to go through social stigma. Continue reading

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Unhealthy eating habits endangering models

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Unhealthy eating habits endangering models

The United States is observing the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week from February 26 to March 4, 2017, to highlight the issue of eating disorders and make available critical resources to people in need. Every year, the campaign is spearheaded by the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) which provides support to individuals and families suffering from eating disorders.

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Repeated racial discrimination inflicts maximum damage to mental health, suggests study

Repeated racial discrimination inflicts maximum damage to mental health, suggests study

Racism is not restricted to a particular geography, society or ethnic group. In major countries of the world, a certain section of people faces racial prejudice leading to inequality and marginalization. Such people have a higher chance of being afflicted with health issues, such as hypertension, heart disease, stress, depression, cancer, premature births and even disparities in infant mortality. Continue reading

Pphubbing reduces mental satisfaction and increases depression, says study

Pphubbing reduces mental satisfaction and increases depression, says study

The human race has seen endless inventions that have made huge impact on the world. The list ranges from lifesaving medicines to adhesive tapes, from medical devices to artificial organs. Modern day inventions like the personal computer and the smartphone were meant to make our lives easier and convenient. The bulky tabletop telephone gave way to pocket-size phones, allowing us to communicate with people across the world with just the touch of a button. Continue reading

Postpartum depression – More than just baby blues

Postpartum depression – More than just baby blues

Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that frequently affects new mothers. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of eight mothers experiences postpartum depression. Women suffering from this undergo feelings of extreme sadness, exhaustion and anxiety to the extent that it can hamper their ability to take care of the baby and the family. Continue reading

Childhood poverty leads to mental issues in adulthood, says study

Childhood poverty leads to mental issues in adulthood, says study

Findings from a new study titled “Childhood poverty and adult psychological well-being” has established that disadvantaged children grow up to face several mental health issues. The comprehensive research project, results of which were published in the Proceedings of the National Academic of Sciences (PNAS) in December 2016, observed 341 participants over a 15-year period (at ages 9, 13, 17 and 24). It highlighted, for the first time, the gradual and detrimental impact of impoverished upbringing. In addition to physical deficiencies, adult psychological issues are also linked to childhood poverty.   Continue reading

Season affective disorder can trigger substance abuse

Season affective disorder can trigger substance abuse

The change in seasons can be very uplifting and enjoyable for people who adapt themselves quickly. But some may experience depressive episodes as they find it hard to cope with environmental changes. The incessant rains, excessive cold and darkness, or unbearable heat can restrict activities that one enjoys doing throughout the year. The negative emotions associated with shift in seasons is known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It begins and ends at about the same time each year. People often experience serious mood changes during winter due to less natural light. It disappears during the spring and summer season. For this reason, it is commonly known as winter depression.   Continue reading