National Physical Therapy Month – Part 4: Exercise helps improve daily functioning in patients with bipolar disorder

National Physical Therapy Month – Part 4: Exercise helps improve daily functioning in patients with bipolar disorder

Patients with bipolar disorder manifest mood swings, ranging between highs and lows. Medications do help manage the problem, but the need to introduce changes in lifestyle cannot be ignored, keeping in mind the increasing number of Americans getting dependent on medicines every year. The “National Physical Therapy Month” is observed in October every year to stress on the importance of physical therapy in the treatment of health disorders.   Read more

Alzheimer’s patients prescribed more antidepressants than non-Alzheimer’s patients

Alzheimer’s patients prescribed more antidepressants than non-Alzheimer’s patients

Memories are treasured by everyone, they are a mental history of life experience that can be recalled at random and reminisced about. For the elderly, they are of value and can be passed on to grandchildren. Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age due to generalized degeneration of the brain. It is the most common cause of premature senility. The disease destroys memory and also has physical repercussions. Read more

National Physical Therapy Month – Part 3: Regular exercise helps reduce anxiety and depression in COPD patients

National Physical Therapy Month – Part 3: Regular exercise helps reduce anxiety and depression in COPD patients

Many a times, people tend to overlook the fact that physical activity also has a healing effect on mental health conditions. Regular exercise has many health benefits and various studies have found that depressed people or those diagnosed with anxiety or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) benefit a lot even with moderate physical activity. Read more

Understanding signs of borderline personality disorder

Understanding signs of borderline personality disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is an oft misunderstood mental disease characterized by an irregular pattern of thinking, unstable mood and highly impulsive behavior. A person with BPD is likely to suffer from some other co-occurring mental illness, such as anxiety, mood, or eating disorders, in addition to indulging in substance abuse and having suicidal tendencies. Read more

National Physical Therapy Month: Physical activity during midlife helps arrest onset of Alzheimer’s

National Physical Therapy Month: Physical activity during midlife helps arrest onset of Alzheimer’s

When everything appears to be fragile and feeble in life, what stays intact is one’s memories, both good and bad. While the best thing about memories is in making them, some people find it hard to recollect them after a period due to decline in their cognitive abilities. Dementia, or loss of memory, diagnosed due to Alzheimer’s disease is incurable, but doctors recommend medications and therapies that can temporarily decrease the severity of symptoms or slow down their progression. Read more

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month: Bullying raises depression risk among youth

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month: Bullying raises depression risk among youth

Bullying in schools is common. Despite strict regulations and vigilant teachers, some children do end up becoming victims of bullying. Nowadays, bullying is limited not just to nagging juniors or belittling them about trivial issues, it is slowly becoming synonymous with tyranny. Teachers, parents, school administrators and policymakers are taking all the necessary steps to put a stop to it. Read more

7 tips to fight stress and lead a happy life

7 tips to fight stress and lead a happy life

Everyone goes through a low phase in life, when nothing seems to be working out and life appears to be engulfed by fear and uncertainty. But when this frustration or fear lasts for a prolonged period, it could be a sign of a stress-related disorder. Many people use self-help techniques to control bouts of emotional upheavals, but there are many others who do not know the way out and continue to experience debilitating symptoms of stress which can have a negative impact on their mind and body. Read more

National Physical Therapy Month-Part 1: Adopt fitness regimen to improve mental health

National Physical Therapy Month-Part 1: Adopt fitness regimen to improve mental health

Exercise helps boost immunity and good health, but its association with mental health has largely been ignored. Change in lifestyle, from active to sedentary, mainly due to the introduction of various technological innovations has rendered it imperative to introduce exercise as a necessary intervention for mental health problems. Read more