Mental disorders similar to schizophrenia – 2: Schizoid Personality Disorder

A common thread links all those suffering from personality disorders – they exhibit prolonged tendencies of thinking patterns and behavioral tendencies considered distinct from what the society deems normal. Such people manifest inadequate coping skills and have difficulty in building healthy relationships. They fail to realize the problem they are facing and do not seek treatment for their personality disorder. Personality disorders affect nearly 9.1 percent adult American population, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Continue reading

Deep brain stimulation may help treat Alzheimer’s disease: Study

With the rising battle against Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and the condition gripping more and more people across the world, researchers are increasingly focusing on developing innovative ways to tackle the debilitating condition. Recently, a team of neurosurgeons from Toronto Western Hospital attempted to study the potential of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in treating the condition and found it to be safe for patients with early AD. Continue reading

Study links leaky blood-brain barrier to onset of Alzheimer’s disease

The quest to develop treatments for complex diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, has always kept researchers on their toes to develop innovative programs and strategies. Scientists are focusing on developing various tests that may help in the early diagnosis of the Alzheimer’s disease (AD), as well as medications and strategies that can slow down its progress. Continue reading

Unhealthy diet of moms-to-be may cause ADHD in children: Study

Inattention, impulsivity, or hyperactivity are some of the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and are attributed to genetic traits or complex neurological differences seen in brain development. While more studies are being carried out to understand the factors behind the growing prevalence of ADHD among American children, scientists from the King’s College London and the University of Bristol have associated unhealthy dietary habits of moms-to-be with the risks of ADHD in their children. Continue reading

Mental disorders similar to schizophrenia – 1: Schizotypal Personality Disorder

Not all people can have the same personality. Similarly, the personality disorders also cannot be the same. People who are unable to think normally or act inconsistently with the rest of the society are usually said to be suffering from behavioral or mood disorders, ranging from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to depression and many others. Continue reading

Detecting hearing problems in kids can help in early diagnosis of autism: Study

The complex brain development disorder, characteristic of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), affects nearly 1 percent of the world population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, nearly one in 68 American children was diagnosed with ASD in 2012.

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5 tips to reduce college stress

With loads of books, games, fun, and friends, school days treasure the best memories of an individual’s life. Certainly, college days, too, bring a lot of cheer and fun in a student’s life. But for some, the first few days of college life can be stressful and demotivating. A number of factors such as higher competition, changed lifestyle and higher academic standards and expectations, among others, have been reported to cause such stress. Although this stressful situation cannot be completely avoided, it can definitely be controlled by learning and practicing certain stress-reducing strategies so that it doesn’t affect one’s health. Continue reading