Scientists explore link between early-life adversities and mental health

Scientists explore link between early-life adversities and mental health

Childhood is the happiest period of one’s life. It is the time when fun is at its peak with no burden of responsibilities. But what happens when a child grows in a stressful environment which compels him or her to lose self-worth and become a despondent? A recent study by the University of California, San Francisco’s (UCSF) Department of Psychiatry on older homeless adults suggested that adverse childhood experiences have a long-term negative impact on the mental health of people. Read more

Lifestyles and Mental Wellness – 2: Peer pressure can affect mental health adversely

Lifestyles and Mental Wellness – 2: Peer pressure can affect mental health adversely

How important is it to fit in and be recognized as a part of a group? How often do youngsters get involved in undesirable activities believing that it would heighten their cool quotient? The answers to these questions remain ambiguous as the nature of social relationships forged between peers is entirely dependent on the level of emotional maturity of those involved. Read more

National Psychotherapy Day: Understanding the benefits of psychotherapy

National Psychotherapy Day: Understanding the benefits of psychotherapy

Mental illness can strike anyone. As per the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), about 43.8 million people in the United States experince some kind of mental illness in a given year. Most mental illnesses can be cured or their symptoms can be improved with the help of treatment referred to as psychotherapy. Though the treatment methods adopted by psychotherapists are economical, effective, natural and effective, the perceived stigma restrains people from seeking immediate help. The National Psychotherapy Day is observed on September 25 every year to  educate about potential mental illnesses, draw attention towards community mental health and to fight the stigma surrounding such disorders. Read more

Risk of suicide goes up due to disruptions in sleep patterns: Study

Risk of suicide goes up due to disruptions in sleep patterns: Study

“Sleep is life’s nurse, sent from heaven to create us anew day by day.” The quote by novelist and dramatist Charles Reade aptly describes “sleep” as the most productive and important act of our life. Getting enough sleep has numerous advantages, the most important aspect being its role in protecting one’s mental and physical health and in improving the quality of life. Read more

Combination of ECT and medicines lessens risk of relapse in older depression patients

Combination of ECT and medicines lessens risk of relapse in older depression patients

It is not easy to treat chronic depression and the tendency to relapse makes the treatment even more difficult. People seeking relief from distress associated with depressive behavior usually tend to get discouraged when they are warned about the possible recurrence of the troubling condition. Researchers are looking for ways to cure depression without any chance of relapse. Read more

Men who don role of main breadwinner more likely to have mental problems: Study

Men who don role of main breadwinner more likely to have mental problems: Study

The gender ideologies regarding roles and responsibilities of men and women seem to be similar across all cultures. A picture of an ideal family usually portrays mother as a homemaker and the male member as the breadwinner. The burden which some men feel while having to earn for their entire family may take a toll on their mental health, says a recent study. Read more

National Yoga Awareness Month: Treating mental illness with yoga

National Yoga Awareness Month: Treating mental illness with yoga

The term “health” brings to mind the necessity of maintaining good physical and mental well-being. However, while physical health usually gets proper attention, mental health issues often take a backseat.

Many factors are responsible for weak psychological conditions, such as anxiety, unchecked addictive habits, lack of sexual identity, eating disorders, etc. But the most common reason is stress. Various reasons may lead to stress and consequent depression and to counter these problems, psychologists are now suggesting yoga to such patients.  Read more

Financial debt takes a toll on students’ mental health: Study

Financial debt takes a toll on students’ mental health: Study

Lack of adequate money to pay off the bills can be frustrating and this financial strain can affect the mental health of a person. Though it is normal to feel worried during financial stress, the lurking fear of redundancy and debt can pull one down in the abyss of emotional distress. To escape the burden of constant anxiety, some people may take to substances, thus raising the fear of addiction. Read more

Minorities seeking treatment for major depression on the rise

Minorities seeking treatment for major depression on the rise

The world has seen big developments in various fields, but it seems the progress has not helped much in getting rid of the problem of racism. Even the most developed economy of the world is not free from the scourge of racism and bias. This was evident from the findings presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) from May 14-18, 2016 at Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

At the meeting held to discuss the prevalence of various mental disorders in the country, a group of researchers highlighted some of the factors preventing various racial and ethnic groups from seeking necessary mental health treatment. Read more