Using mindfulness meditation to reduce stress and anxiety

Using mindfulness meditation to reduce stress and anxiety

While stress is known to produce short-term anxiety in almost everyone, it can cause serious physical and mental harm to many others who suffer from chronic stressful conditions over a prolonged period. Because of its mind-body connection, anxiety can have serious side effects on one’s physical health, resulting in muscle tension, headaches and digestive problems. But the good news is that one can easily reduce the distressing anxiety-related symptoms by practicing certain relaxation techniques, with “mindfulness meditation” being the most powerful way to release pent-up emotions. Read more

National Birth Defects Prevention Month: Folic acid deficiency can cause congenital defects

National Birth Defects Prevention Month: Folic acid deficiency can cause congenital defects

Birth defects can have an adverse effect on the physical and emotional well-being of not only the child but also the family, especially the mother. From the moment one conceives, throughout the nine months of pregnancy, motherhood in its myriads of hues can be a wonderful experience, full of hopes and joy. Consequently, finally giving birth to a baby with birth defects can be quite challenging, and take a heavy toll on a woman’s mental health and well-being.

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CBT changes brain's wiring: Study

CBT changes brain’s wiring: Study

Though effective in treating anxiety and depression, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is also useful in treating other emotional and physical disorders. While talk therapies are only offered as a secondary treatment to those dealing with psychotic conditions, it seems like talking to your therapist can literally rewire your brain. The study findings were published in the journal Translational Psychiatry. Read more

One-fourth fatal police encounters involve mentally ill, says report

One-fourth fatal police encounters involve mentally ill, says report

About one in every four fatal police encounters involves someone with a mental illness, a new study by the Treatment Advocacy Center, which focuses on the needs of people with serious mental disorders, says. The report, released in December 2016, notes that as compared to others, people with mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed by the police. Read more

Link between parental age and autism and schizophrenia is real

Link between parental age and autism and schizophrenia is real

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in 68 American children was found to be suffering from autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 2014. ASD, a group of developmental disorders, causes a range of intellectual and cognitive disabilities, such as communication problem, repetitive behaviors, etc. Read more

PTSD symptoms in children mostly go unnoticed by parents: Study

PTSD symptoms in children mostly go unnoticed by parents: Study

The fact that most mental disorders go unnoticed is often cited as a major reason for the increasing number of mentally ill people not getting the required treatment for their mental health problems. A recent study by the University of East Angelia suggests that young children might be under the grip of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for years, with their parents failing to recognize the symptoms. Read more