Purposeful Parenting Month: Parents’ role in a child’s mental health

The importance of maintaining good mental health goes beyond preventing mental illness or disorder. Mental health contributes to an individual’s social and cognitive development, right from a very tender age. As appropriately put by the World Health Organization (WHO), “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Continue reading

1 in 7 children under 9 are prone to psychological disorders: Study

A chirpy kid whose very essence lies in his innocence, his ability to bring light to the otherwise boring day, his charming smile and his benevolent warmth can also show signs of psychological and emotional distress. A recent study, published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report in March 2016, found that one in every seven American kids under nine years of age suffers from a mental, behavioral or a developmental problem. Continue reading

National PTSD Awareness Day: Post-traumatic stress disorder may cause rheumatoid arthritis in women

Not all memories are sweet. Some memories leave behind terrible impact on the life of the sufferer, which can lead to a permanent scar on his/her mind. Traumatic events such as commonplace misfortunes, natural disasters, being trapped in a war zone, witnessing bloodshed or death of a loved one can be few reasons for distress which can affect a person’s life. These traumatic situations can give rise to a mental disability called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Stress may up risk of Alzheimer’s in elderly: Study

At times, stress can push the elderly people into the gloomy world of depression, whereas for others, it may mean a gradual decline of cognitive abilities. In both the situations, the sufferers are two times more susceptible to suffer from amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI). Decreased cognitive function can be a precursor to a full-blown Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the elderly people who remain constantly worried, says a recent study by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Montefiore Health System who wanted to understand if the Continue reading

Need to screen patients at inpatient psychiatric facility for symptoms of PTSD

A person experiencing a distressing event has the chance of suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). About 7-8 percent of the American population will be afflicted with PTSD at some point in their lives, as per the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), women are in a greater likelihood of suffering from this disorder than men. Continue reading

PTSD Awareness Month: Men with social support system don’t seek help for depression, says study

Not everyone experiences similar symptoms of depression, neither each person tackles it in the same way. Depression among men remains largely ignored, which is reflected from a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which revealed that only less than half of depressed American men seek treatment for the mental disorder. A report, titled “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Men’s Use of Mental Health Treatments,” showed that nearly 9 percent American men exhibited symptoms of anxiety or depression on a daily basis.

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Algorithm using patient’s details can help predict dementia prior to its onset: Study

Approximately 5.3 million Americans of all ages suffered from Alzheimer’s disease in 2015, according to the Alzheimer’s Association in America. The figure is important because the disease has been identified as one of the most common causes of dementia. The disease that roughly accounts for an estimated 60 to 80 percent cases of dementia affects nearly one in nine people aged 65 and older in the country. Continue reading