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.
It is not uncanny for a woman to get ill during her pregnancy. She might get fever, flu, stomach ache, laryngitis, etc. like any other normal person. With changing seasons and weather conditions, anyone can suffer from flu and fever. However, a woman suffering from flu during her pregnancy has four times higher chance of having children with bipolar disorder, according to a recent study.
“A sick thought can devour the body’s flesh more than fever or consumption.”
– Guy de Maupassant (Le Horla et autres contes fantastiques)
This quote aptly explains the suffering of the victims of various mental illnesses who may always feel exhausted without understanding the reason behind it. Every single day, they are fighting a war in their heads. And a shocking number of them end up in various prisons in the United States.
If mental illness could be seen on a sufferer, may be society wouldn’t say, “Just get over it”.
– Lonely Lotus
It is difficult to identify people suffering from any mental disorder just like that, while for those with mental illnesses, it is tough to explain what is going on in their minds. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), mental health conditions touch and impact the lives of millions of Americans each year.
The idea of a man in every male-dominated society seems to be based on a fragile concept of masculinity. The portrayal of a man as a stoic who must never accept help at the cost of his vigor and strength has dominated generations, leaving men vulnerable to emotional outbursts and mental illnesses ignored by the rest. Continue reading
The fact that diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is below average in women still baffles many researchers and medical experts. When ADHD goes undiagnosed in women, they often experience self-esteem issues, eating disorders, depression, and engage in emotionally abusive relationships. Continue reading
We might be aware of the most commonly discussed psychological disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar, obsessive compulsive disorder etc, but there are several unusual disorders that we might not have heard of, more so because they are rare or unknown or just bizarre. Given below is a list of not-so-common disorders that really exist. Continue reading
Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the country, and is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed. Looking at the severity of the disease, a recent study surely gives hope to the millions of Alzheimer’s patients. Continue reading