To study the effect of traumatic injuries on psychiatric health, the Kent State University, Ohio, recently received $2.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to gain a better understanding of factors that fuels the onset of depression and other affective disorders like anxiety, bipolar disorder and PTSD.
According to the study’s principal investigator Karin Coifman, an associate professor of psychology, a traumatic life event can have different effects on different people. While some continue to remain psychologically healthy, others may have a difficult time and develop mental health problems. According to Coifman, it may not be possible to tell who will have long-term problems and need help following a traumatic event, therefore, there’s a need to develop better risk-markers.
Identifying risk factors can improve interventions
For the 18-month long study titled, “Unpacking Emotion Inflexibility and Prospective Prediction of Affective Disease,” Coifman has collaborated with her colleagues at the University as plans to “take a more contemporary, yet complicated and rigorous approach to understanding the manifestation of these diseases that look at many different kinds of variables across broad categories.” These variables could be early life experiences, social support, family history and stress.
The researchers would analyze how the participants process their emotions in days/months following a traumatic event. To understand the effect that early emotional responses following an injury has on one’s psychological health and long-term adjustment, the researchers will recruit 400 people who have sustained a traumatic injury at some stage in their lives. The team would utilize new technologies and statistical modeling techniques to study subtle facial expressions, behavior and cardiovascular responses. As per Coifman, the research would not only help improve risk factors of psychiatric illnesses, but it may also help researchers develop effective treatments for treating anxiety and depression following a traumatic event.
In 2016, an estimated 16.2 million American adults suffered from at least one major depressive episode. Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States along with anxiety. Untreated mental illnesses can result in severe physical and emotional impairments that interfere with one’s daily activities and affect the overall quality of life. Depression can strike anyone irrespective of age, culture or background. Some of the symptoms experienced by those depressed include feelings of sadness, guilt, appetite changes, weight gain or weight loss and suicidal thoughts.
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Mental health should be given due importance just like physical health. It’s hard to predict who is likely to be afflicted with a mental illness but it’s certainly possible to treat the person in a holistic manner provided he/she gets help at the right time. One should not shy away from seeking treatment and should harbor positive feelings in order to accept the problem and then overcome therapies.
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