Anti-epileptic drugs taken by expecting mothers may affect babies’ cognitive health, finds study

Anti-epileptic drugs taken by expecting mothers may affect babies’ cognitive health, finds study

The medications an expectant mother takes during her gestation can have a prolonged effect on the emotional well-being of the child. Now, a study has found that children born to mothers treated with anti-epileptic drugs during that phase score poorly in subjects like math, science and language in elementary school. Published recently in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, the research corroborates earlier studies conducted to test the impact of sodium valproate in children exposed to its medicinal effects prior to birth. Continue reading

Kentucky to introduce bill to hire more mental health professionals in schools

Kentucky to introduce bill to hire more mental health professionals in schools

The deadly school shooting in Marshall County that killed two students and wounded more than a dozen on Jan. 23, 2018, prompted Kentucky lawmakers to propose a new bill with an eye on providing mental health services to students in Frankfort. Under House Bill 604, schools will have to recruit more mental health professionals to provide better mental health services to the students. Already cleared by the House Budget Committee, early in the week, the bill will now be presented in the House floor for debate. Continue reading

Mental health patients sent to far-off treatment facilities less likely to recover

Mental health patients sent to far-off treatment facilities less likely to recover

A high number of mental health patients in England are treated at medical facilities located at a great distance from their homes. And the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has expressed concern over this rising trend, saying that sending these individuals to such far-off facilities decreases their chance of recovery by limiting their contact with their family and friends. This in turn leaves them in isolation and ends their contact with the local services. Continue reading

America’s mental health system needs overhauling

America’s mental health system needs overhauling

Mental disorders have become a bigger health concern than expected. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), one in six adults in the United States live with a mental illness. The rate of the availability of inpatient psychiatric-treatment beds in the U.S. fell by about 97 percent during 1955-2016. Further, there has been a 77.4 percent reduction in the number of beds for both inpatient and 24-hour residential treatment from 1970 to 2014. While the numbers are concerning, they also expose the need for more and better mental health facilities. Continue reading

Zero Discrimination Day: Bill to give new lease of life to domestic violence and sexual assault victims

Zero Discrimination Day: Bill to give new lease of life to domestic violence and sexual assault victims

Coretta Scott King, wife of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, believed that “discrimination in the job market is a very important area where work needs to be done.” Not only women, but people of different ethnicities, religions, colors, races and gender are made to feel that they are inferior by way of gestures, casual remarks, complaints and common practices, such as overriding a person for a promotion or degrading someone’s character. Continue reading

New online initiative may help first responders overcome PTSD

New online initiative may help first responders overcome PTSD

A former firefighter is working on an effective therapeutic approach to help first responders experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Mike Clelland, who had suffered from PTSD, is collaborating with a team of local researchers to initiate an online program, E-Home Heroes. The program has a mechanism that allows the users to send immediate text during a crisis. Continue reading

Iowa lawmakers propose bill to improve access to mental health treatment

Iowa lawmakers propose bill to improve access to mental health treatment

Iowa lawmakers have come up with a new legislation intended to expand people’s access to mental health services in the state. The bill proposes to establish six new access centers, allowing “24/7, no eject, no reject secure facilities” for people battling mental health problems. The six centers would be built in a way that every Iowan can access the facility within 90 minutes. Continue reading

Greater brain entropy responsible for versatile brain processing, says study

Greater brain entropy responsible for versatile brain processing, says study

Entropy in the physical sciences is a dimensionless quantity, which is related to the state of uncertainty of a system. Simply put, entropy is “randomness”. In the biological sciences, the state of brain entropy is associated with the number of neural states (nerve circuits) that the brain of an individual can access at any point of time to interpret whatever is happening in the world around him or her. Continue reading

In an emotional Instagram video, Teen Mom OG’s Tyler Baltierra talks about his battle with depression

In an emotional Instagram video, Teen Mom OG's Tyler Baltierra talks about his battle with depression

“You have good days, then you have bad days. And today is just a bad day… I know I’m not the only one feeling like this. So if you’re in the same boat as me, just hang in there and [know] you’re not alone and talk to somebody.” This is an excerpt from a recent Instagram video post shared by the Teen Mom OG star Tyler Baltierra. In the video, Baltierra could be seen holding back tears while talking about his mental health struggles. The star also disclosed that he is aware that he is not the only one who feels like this. He could be seen encouraging people with mental health issues to just “hang in there” and “know that you’re not alone” and “talk to somebody” about it. Continue reading