US continues to face mental health crisis, reveals MHA annual report

US continues to face mental health crisis, reveals MHA annual report

Millions of Americans face mental health problems; some speak about it and others choose to remain silent. The agencies at the federal and state levels are taking measures to expand health care services and reach out to as many people as possible, but their efforts are not enough to bring in the desired result. Continue reading

‘Really’ stressed! Watch out your word selection as it may tell stress level

‘Really’ stressed! Watch out your word selection as it may tell stress level

People who claim to know enough about the behavioral and physical signs of stress have more to look beyond usual warning signs, like troubled sleep and restlessness. The choice of words during a conversation can also tell if a person is under stress, suggests a recent study. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in November 2017, saw researchers analyzing language patterns of 22,000 voice samples. Continue reading

Hawaii hospital authorities draw governor’s ire as mental patient escapes to California; 7 suspended

Hawaii hospital authorities draw governor’s ire as mental patient escapes to California; 7 suspended

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) suspended seven state hospital employees for alleged lapses following the recent escape of a mental patient accused of murder. The action came after Governor David Ige lambasted the Hawaii State Hospital authorities for failing to notify the incident immediately. Continue reading

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week: Study finds changing perception of homelessness in US

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week: Study finds changing perception of homelessness in US

People have become more compassionate and accommodating to homelessness in the past two decades, revealed a recent study by researchers at the Yale University. The findings are based on a survey that mapped what people of America think of homelessness. Also, the researchers compared the results with studies conducted during the 1990s. Continue reading

British scientists begin trial of new approach to treat schizophrenia

British scientists begin trial of new approach to treat schizophrenia

Researchers at the King’s College Hospital in London are working on an all-new approach to treat schizophrenia, a mental disorder characterized by hallucinations, delusions and other cognitive malfunctions. The therapeutic intervention is based on the emerging scientific evidence that consider schizophrenia as a disease of immune system. Continue reading

Antidepressant Death Awareness Month: Antidepressants may elevate risk of death, finds study

Antidepressant Death Awareness Month: Antidepressants may elevate risk of death, finds study

Antidepressants, usually prescribed for depression and anxiety, can at times cause a variety of side effects like nausea, weight gain, loss of sexual desires, etc. And now a new study, published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics in September 2017, has revealed that antidepressants may elevate the risk of death. According to the study, antidepressant users were 33 percent more likely to die than non-users. Furthermore, the study found that people taking antidepressants had 14 percent higher risk of developing cardiovascular problems, including strokes and heart attacks. Continue reading

8 effective lifestyle modifications to deal with anxiety

8 effective lifestyle modifications to deal with anxiety

It is common to experience anxiety occasionally. Anything from job interviews, social gatherings and other personal vulnerabilities tend to evoke anxiety at times that vanishes on its own. However, for some people these experiences can be more than a momentary restlessness. Individuals with persistent restlessness or fear are likely to suffer from anxiety disorders. Continue reading

Time to create conducive workplace atmosphere to overcome stigma linked to mental problems

Time to create conducive workplace atmosphere to overcome stigma linked to mental problems

Mental health stigma at the workplace is alive and kicking. In a recent survey, conducted in the United Kingdom by the London-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, an overwhelming majority of 85 percent of the participants agreed about stigma linked to mental health issues. Some 58 percent of the respondents disclosed that they would be uncomfortable sharing details of their illness with their manager. Only 20 percent considered their managers to be capable of providing support to them. Also, a resounding 26 percent disclosed that when they took a day off from work because of stress or any other such condition, they had fibbed about the reason. Women were more likely to lie about their illness and take a day off. Continue reading

World Mental Health Day: Time to offer effective care to people with mental illnesses

World Mental Health Day: Time to offer effective care to people with mental illnesses

Mental health problems usually bring in isolation and loneliness. Individuals with psychiatric disorders tend to detach themselves from others because of their negative feelings and tendency to doubt their abilities. Therefore, friends and family members of those suffering from mental illnesses find it tough to take care of them without making them feel low. Continue reading

World Smile Day: Are you smiling to immerse your depression?

World Smile Day: Are you smiling to immerse your depression?

The general assumption about a person smiling is that he or she is happy, relaxed and enjoying life. Nevertheless, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), an individual who appears to be happy and goes about his or her daily chores comfortably, but is still unable to enjoy life, might be suffering from smiling depression.

In simple words, smiling depression is a depressive disorder in which a person appears to be happy despite battling an inner turmoil. Characterized by atypical symptoms, smiling depression is hard to detect as people suffering from this disorder generally do well in their professional, social and personal lives. Continue reading