Minimize use of smartphones to improve mental health, suggests Prince Harry

Minimize use of smartphones to improve mental health, suggests Prince Harry

Prince Harry (32) has advised young people to overcome their difficulties in life by talking to each other instead of getting hooked on their smartphones and other electronic devices. Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine, along with Prince Harry, spent a day at a Christmas party organized for mental health charities in the United Kingdom on December 19, 2016. Read more

Ways to deal with mentally ill parents

Ways to deal with mentally ill parents

Living with a mentally ill parent can be a distressing experience for the children. A mentally challenged parent might be completely alright one day, managing everything on his or her own, and the very next day he or she might feel ill and need help for even getting through the minor day-to-day chores. It is even more challenging for the family when a mentally ill person refuses to take help for the problem. Living with such a parent might bring embarrassment to a child, compelling him or her to avoid relatives and friends who can provide the needed support. Read more

Co-parenting with those battling substance abuse

Co-parenting with those battling substance abuse

Co-parenting refers to continuation of an association with one’s ex, after separation or divorce, to ensure the availability of stable and secure environment for the children. Divorce or separation can be a painful phase in one’s life, but when he or she has to co-parent with a person in need of addiction treatment, it can be very challenging. Read more

VA checklist helps bring down suicides among veteran patients

VA checklist helps bring down suicides among veteran patients

A checklist being followed by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has helped in reducing suicides at the Veterans Affairs (VA) inpatient mental health units, a recent study has found. The Mental Health Environment of Care Checklist (MHEOCC) has 114 items and it includes questions like are closets free of clothes rods and whether the area is free of unnecessary cords. Read more

Suicide rate at 30-year high in US; NIMH pushes for prevention

Suicide rate at 30-year high in US; NIMH pushes for prevention

Being consumed by depression is similar to being tormented by a long-lasting excruciating pain which drains energy levels. It is a dreadful situation wherein every thought is a battle and every breath is a war. As the French novelist George Sand states in his gothic novel of chivalry and romance: “We cannot tear out a single page of our life, but we can throw the whole book in the fire,” death is easier than living a painful life. Read more

Understanding ADHD – 4: 5 celebrities who were diagnosed with ADHD

Understanding ADHD – 4: 5 celebrities who were diagnosed with ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the common mental disorders characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, etc. Though it is commonly diagnosed in children, the disorder also affects a large number of adults. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), approximately 60 percent of children with ADHD in the U.S. attain adulthood with the condition, constituting about 4 percent of the adult population or 8 million people aged 18 or more. Read more