2016 Mental Health Month: Video game addiction may indicate psychiatric disorders

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

World Schizophrenia Day: Why schizophrenics are more prone to suicide attempts

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.

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Task force in quandary over early screening for autism

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.

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Flu during pregnancy may increase risk of bipolar disorder in 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.

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NAMI warns Senate about rising criminalization of mentally ill

“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.

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New York City organizes campaign to help people talk about their mental illnesses

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.

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Blood pressure medication slows Alzheimer’s progression, suggests research

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