Insurers’ failure to comply with MHPA impacts mental problem treatment, says report

Insurers’ failure to comply with MHPA impacts mental problem treatment, says report

America’s one of the leading health care consulting and risk management company Milliman Inc. recently released a report that analyzed the gaps in medical insurance benefits for mental health and addiction care. The report was presented by a coalition of mental health and addiction advocacy organizations like the Mental Health America (MHA), the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and The Kennedy Forum. The report was prepared after collecting data from two exhaustive national databases comprising medical claim records from leading insurers for preferred provider organizations (PPO). The databases contained data of nearly 42 million Americans across 50 states and the District of Columbia between 2013-15. Continue reading

Lloyd Robertson shares his memories of painful past and mental problem

Lloyd Robertson shares his memories of painful past and mental problem

Canadian television icon Lloyd Robertson has opened up about his painful experiences of childhood. At a recent event in Markham, Canada, the North America’s longest-serving evening news anchor shared the haunting memories of his childhood, marred by the mental illness of his mother Lily Mary. In his 2012 memoir The Kind of Life It’s Been, Robertson wrote how his childhood was filled with secrets and shame. Continue reading

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