Debatable mental conditions – 4: Dispelling confusions around Asperger’s disorder

Debatable mental conditions - 4: Dispelling confusions around Asperger's disorder

Ever came across a smart, intellectual and knowledgeable person who despite all the qualities struggles with socializing and communicating with others. Scientifically, this condition is known as Asperger’s disorder. Primarily characterized by symptoms, such as limited social interaction skills, “robotic” or repetitive behavior, idiosyncratic interests, tendency to indulge in one-sided conversations, etc., Asperger’s disorder is a developmental disorder that delays the progress of motor skills. Continue reading

Debatable mental conditions – 3: Unmasking hysteria

Debatable mental conditions - 3: Unmasking hysteria

Emotion is one of the basic traits of human race. The quality of expressing emotions helps in defining a person’s behavior. For instance, a reserved person is identified by his or her way to express emotions in a controlled manner. Similarly, hysteria is associated with a person’s emotions. It can be defined as the lack of control over acts and emotions. Continue reading

Debatable mental conditions – 2: Understanding gender identity disorder

Debatable mental conditions - 2: Understanding gender identity disorder

Gender is an important aspect of an individual’s identity. It is obvious for a person to grow up identifying the facets of his/her gender and conduct life accordingly. However, some individuals find it difficult coming to terms with their gender and tend to act like the opposite gender. This condition is known as gender identity disorder (GID). Continue reading

Impact of Trump’s presidency on America’s mental health care

Impact of Trump's presidency on America’s mental health care

Come the new year and Donald Trump shall swear in as the new president of the United States on January 20, 2017. In order to showcase his potential as the future president of the world’s most powerful nation, Trump made a conscious effort to touch every aspect affecting the country, including mental health, which remains neglected despite a marked increase in patients in recent times. Continue reading

Destination Dignity: Fighting stigma can pave the way for mental health services

Destination Dignity: Fighting stigma can pave the way for mental health services

Mental health disorders affect one in every four people in the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It continues to be one of the most widespread and least understood disorders, cautions the international body, as it underlines the importance of mental health services for the overall well-being of a person. Continue reading

Foods for a healthy mind-4: Whole grains

Foods for a healthy mind-4: Whole grains

“You are what you eat” is a common phrase which precisely describes the value of food in maintaining one’s health. The phrase simply means that good health requires nutritious food. Eating junk and less nutrient food will result in bad health, as it will not be able to provide sufficient energy and nutrients to give strength and protect the body against diseases and germs. Continue reading

Foods for a healthy mind-3: Berries

Foods for a healthy mind-3: Berries

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well” – Virginia Woolf

This quote by Woolf succinctly expresses an eternal truth, that food is crucial not only for sustenance but good physical and mental health as well. Since food has a direct impact on one’s health it is important to eat nutritious food, so that it can provide all the essential nutrients to the brain required for its healthy development. Continue reading

Foods for a healthy mind-2: Leafy greens

Foods for a healthy mind-2: Leafy greens

In the famous children’s cartoon, “Popeye the sailor man,” Popeye, the protagonist, is shown gulping cans of spinach to gain instant energy. The fictional character not only helped increase America’s spinach consumption by third, it also communicated the health benefits of eating spinach to children. Spinach contains iron which helps strengthen immunity and increase bone and muscle health besides improving memory. Continue reading