Stigma – a social evil jeopardizing lives of the mentally ill

Stigma – a social evil jeopardizing lives of the mentally ill

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

Omega-3 fatty acids may help treat mental disorders

Omega-3 fatty acids may help treat mental disorders

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

America gears up to battle stigma around mental health

America gears up to battle stigma around mental health

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

Concerned about prisoners’ mental health, Obama unveils policy to curb solitary confinement

Concerned about prisoners’ mental health, Obama unveils policy to curb solitary confinement

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

Tackling bereavement and depression – how to return to normality

Tackling bereavement and depression – how to return to normality

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

Still got the blues: Why depression is high among African-American women

Still got the blues: Why depression is high among African-American women

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

Technology-based mental health therapy

Technology-based mental health therapy

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.

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Avatar Therapy: An innovative treatment for auditory hallucination

Avatar Therapy: An innovative treatment for auditory hallucination

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.

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