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

Foods for a healthy mind-1: Omega-3 fatty acids

Nutritious food is essential not just for ensuring good health but also for maintaining a healthy mind. Mental health problems that are increasing across the world, generally result from a combination of factors like age, genetics and environmental influences. However, nutrition or food also plays a major role in the development of the brain and/ or mind. According to various studies, food contributes intrinsically in development, management and prevention of specific mental health problems such as depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading

Some personalities suffering from bipolar disorder

There is no dearth of emotions in a human mind. However, there are some who experience an unusual pattern in their moods or energy levels that tend to affect their normal behavior. Psychologists identify this drastic and sudden change in emotions as symptoms of bipolar disorder – a mental condition in which moods may range from periods of marked elation, Continue reading

Mental disorders similar to schizophrenia – 4: Schizoaffective Disorder

It is not easy to diagnose mental health problems. A person may exhibit symptoms common to two or more kinds of mental disorders or may experience signs of multiple psychiatric illnesses simultaneously. Signs of one mental illness can mimic another, but there are subtle hints that doctors take note of while trying to detect the exact nature of emotional health problems. Continue reading

Ethnic discrimination pushes doctors to overlook symptoms of ADHD diagnosis: Study

Every nation strives to attain equality among its people, but not all have been able to curb the discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, language, religion and economy. No matter much how one stays in denial, the impact of racism is palpable with incidents of discrimination being reported regularly across the world, including the United States. Continue reading

Parents of mentally disoriented wards need to understand, trust and support them

Parenting is not easy because cognitive development and social skills of children during their growing years depend a lot on the nature of response they receive from their guardians. The same can be said about children exhibiting symptoms of certain mental disorders. Mental health condition among American children is a big concern today. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), nearly 20 percent American children have or had been afflicted with some acute mental disability at some point in their lives. This implies that many American parents have to go through the trauma of bringing up a child with some mental condition. Continue reading

Aerobic exercises help manage schizophrenia symptoms

Schizophrenia is a chronic mental health condition which affects more than 1.1 percent of adult American population, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). It affects a person’s thoughts, causes disorganized speech, memory problems, delusions and hallucinations. Though treating schizophrenia is tough, various ways care being adopted to manage and treat its symptoms. Continue reading

Mental stress increases vulnerability to heart attacks in younger women: Study

When someone is exposed to extremely stressful situations for a longer period of time and does not take any remedial measures to counter its drastic effects, it may prove detrimental to their health and well-being. Studies have shown that men and women react differently to stress, both mentally and physically. Though each person uses different mechanisms to handle stress, it is important to determine one’s tolerance level toward stressful situations. Continue reading

Things to know about body dysmorphic disorder

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a clinical condition that affects people, irrespective of the age group or gender. It is a relatively common mental disorder characterized by an individual’s distressing preoccupation with real or perceived flaws in his or her appearance. People with this body image disorder cannot just stop thinking about the flaws, which is either too minor or not noticeable at all.  Continue reading

Mental disorders similar to schizophrenia – 3: Delusional Disorder

Perception is a relative term. Different people can perceive the same thing in different ways. And at times, people might try to read things even when they do not exist. The power of one’s imagination cannot be ignored. Disability to differentiate between real and unreal can make it difficult to manage emotions and to function normally in day-to-day situations. Continue reading