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
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).
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
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
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.
The petrifying highs, the distressing lows, the erratic anxieties, and the baffling mood swings are not a passing phase. These experiences are serious and need attention. Though mental illness can strike anyone, many people suffering from it find themselves alone, excluded from many aspects of the society. Continue reading
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
People nowadays are more wired than ever with technology impacting our lives in a big way. With each benefit comes a potential side effect. While technology enables people gain control over their lives, it also confines the younger generation to their homes as they continue to indulge in video games. Continue reading
Schizophrenia is a chronic disabling mental disorder characterized by fragmented thinking, wherein patients are unable to manage emotions, think clearly or relate to others. The mental condition is strongly linked to an increased risk of suicide attempts, which means there is an association between the presence of symptoms, such as auditory hallucinations and delusions, and an increased risk of suicide among these patients. A recent study by the University of Toronto revealed an association between schizophrenia and the probability of attempting suicide.
Autism is a spectrum condition. This means that while most autistic patients share certain problems, at times what they see, hear and feel may vary. The screening for autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, takes place between the ages of 18 and 30 months in the United States. However, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is casting doubts over the benefits and harms associated with autism screening in young children.