National Nutrition Month: Emotional eating linked to mood fluctuations

National Nutrition Month: Emotional eating linked to mood fluctuations

The U.S. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates the month of March, every year, as National Nutrition Month. During this month-long campaign, the academy focusses on disseminating awareness about the importance of inculcating healthy eating habits. The American lifestyle is heavily dependent on junk food and therefore as a community, it is important that we strive to eat healthy to ensure our present and future generations follow suit. Read more

Aimee Mann and “Mental Illness”: The album and then some

Aimee Mann and “Mental Illness”: The album and then some

Acclaimed singer Aimee Mann’s new album, “Mental Illness,” has just hit the stores. True to its name, the album delves into some of the stuff that troubles the human mind. Mann has a long charted history with music, dating all the way back to the mid-80s when she debuted as the lead singer of “‘Til Tuesday.” Since then her 25 odd years in the music industry have seen a quantum leap, during which she has come out with nine solo albums, formed a musical duo with Ted Leo called “The Both,” and worked on the 1999 classic movie, “Magnolia.” Read more

Chilling ad brings to fore the mental plight of young males

Chilling ad brings to fore the mental plight of young males

“It is always consoling to think of suicide: in that way one gets through many a bad night.” The context in which renowned German philosopher Freidrich Nietzsche had made this statement remains a mystery. However, it got famous, which wasn’t surprising. What’s surprising is how some people literally take the quote to heart, and start believing that suicide is the best recourse for an unfulfilled existence. Read more

International Day of Happiness: Behavioral activation therapy found to prevent depression

International Day of Happiness: Behavioral activation therapy found to prevent depression

Happiness is a goal that has been actively pursued by humans across ages. Whether psychology or spirituality, various fields of human endeavor have tried to define and understand it better. What makes humans happy? How can it be achieved? Are oft asked questions or pondered on. The importance of this goal is reflected in the fact that the United Nations (UN) recognizes happiness as a fundamental human goal and says that all progress should be to achieve this goal. Keeping this in mind, the UN has established March 20 as the annual International Day of Happiness and all 193 United Nations member states have adopted a resolution calling for happiness to be given greater priority.

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Study reveals talk therapy changes brain wiring,effective in treating psychosis

Study reveals talk therapy changes brain wiring,effective in treating psychosis

For people suffering from severe mental disorders, often a combination of medication and therapy including talk therapy,works best. Supporting this view is a study published in the journal Translational Psychiatry. Conducted by researchers from King’s College London it shows that coupling medicines along with cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), a kind of talk therapy, not only leads to improvement in symptoms of psychosis but also makes this change last for a longer time by strengthening connections in the brain.
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Study explores youth preferences in mental health services

Study explores youth preferences in mental health services

Mental illness never discriminates; it can affect anyone, anywhere, irrespective of age, gender, caste, religion, socio-economic status or sexual orientation. The World Health Organization (WHO) highlights that around 450 million people across the globe are victims of mental disorders. It is, in fact, the leading cause of adverse health effects and disability around the world. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), one in five people in the United States suffers from a mental illness, youths being no exception.

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Creative genius or mentally imbalanced

Creative genius or mentally imbalanced

Artist Vincent Van Gogh, poet Sylvia Plath, novelist David Foster and composer Ludwig Van Beethoven had two things in common – an ability to create something unique, and their mental illnesses. Scientist Kay Redfield Jamison talks about this link between creative genius and mood disorders in her book “Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament.” Jamison, through examples of actors, artists, writers, musicians and poets studies this correlation between artistic temperament and mental illnesses like bipolar disorders (BD). Read more

It needs courage to admit mental condition; but Lily Allen got trolled for doing that!

It needs courage to admit mental condition; but Lily Allen got trolled for doing that!

Stigma attached to mental illnesses often pose a huge challenge to their treatment. However, when a celebrity opens up about his or her own problem related to mental health, it leads to some awareness on mental health problems and the stigma attached to them, paving the way for proper treatment. However, that wasn’t the case when singer Lily Allen shared her plight with millions of followers on twitter recently. Instead, she got trolled. Read more

Texas house bill gives hope for compensation benefits to first respondents with PTSD

Texas house bill gives hope for compensation benefits to first respondents with PTSD

They are the first to come to people’s rescue when things go wrong and mishaps occur, and yet, they are the ones suffering for their chosen profession today. Texas state representative, John Wray filed a legislation recently to allow worker’s compensation benefits for the first respondents – cops and firefighters – suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read more

Senator Senjem bats for better mental health care facilities; seeks $110m push for Minnesota

Senator Senjem bats for better mental health care facilities; seeks $110m push for Minnesota

Senator Dave Senjem feels the time has come for the lawmakers to take some bold steps for patients suffering from mental health and is pushing the state to make investments worth $110 million into housing and other supportive services for them.

Having himself witnessed mental illness closely, Senjem’s push for the investment is a personal one too. Once ashamed to talk about his family’s mental history and his father’s suicide, the Republican leader has now opened up about it and wants to make a difference in the lives of other individuals who might be going through the same by using his legislative position. Read more