Like any other physical problem, a mental illness can affect anyone. However, the social stigma attached to it can be invariably maligning and have a deep impact on the patient’s life. For example, if an illness has no clear physical cause, then it is deemed to be “all in our mind” and therefore we must be “making it up.” Continue reading
Health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids are well-known. However, a recent study by a Japanese university on polyunsaturated fats present in omega-3 fatty acids being a potential treatment for mental illnesses has given a new hope to the United States, where approximately 9 percent people suffer from feelings of hopelessness and despondency. Continue reading
Who in the world doesn’t fall sick? One can be unwell physically, or mentally. Though a physical illness hardly causes an embarrassment, there is usually a stigma attached to mental disorders. Even though celebrities have come out openly against stigmatizing mental disorders off and on, the general perception has not changed much. Continue reading
The practice of solitary confinement, also termed as “restrictive housing,” has been increasingly used by the American prison officials to manage uncertain and perilous convicts. So much so that President Barack Obama had to announce a slew of measures recently against the most debated practice of solitary confinement in federal prisons. Continue reading
Bereavement holds the power of divesting a person of everything he once enjoyed. In no time, mourning may lead to a mental illness leaving him clueless about moving forward. Besides, his response to grief may be different and could be influenced by the extremity of loss he went through. According to the American Cancer Society, one out of five bereaved people have the potential to develop major depression. Continue reading
Mental health problems do not discriminate and can affect people of all ages, irrespective of their cultures and social groups. However, certain individuals or groups seem to be more vulnerable to the illness due to various factors, like historical adversity, socio-economic condition and cultural beliefs. Continue reading
Virtual reality video games enable players to accomplish things they would not attempt in their daily lives, such as killing a monster, robbing a bank, starting a war or being a part of the fantasy world. With an increasing importance of technology in the society, mental health therapists are using virtual reality as a weapon in their fight against mental illness.
A study conducted by Brennan Center for Criminal Justice at the New York University’s School of Law discovered that prisoners are required to pay for medical services they receive while in prisons. In most states, inmates are required to make copayment of up to $100 for medical treatment, the study says.
We flip on the TV in the morning to catch the news before starting the day, check social media, texts and emails, and grab the cell phone from the charger. This is routine for many, but for a person with avoidant personality disorder (APD), these activities may not be too appealing. Continue reading
A hallucination can be visual or auditory, olfactory or tactile. Auditory hallucinations are among the most common and most difficult to treat. While certain medications and therapies can mitigate hallucinations, there is no cure for the condition. Antipsychotic medications can cause unwanted side effects and cognitive behavioral therapy has no effect on muting the hallucinations or reducing their prevalence.