Opioid abuse can trigger depression and vice versa

Opioid abuse can trigger depression and vice versa

Opioids are generally prescribed by doctors for their pain-relieving effects. They are a class of drugs that include medicines such as oxycodone, morphine, hydrocodone and codeine, as well as the illegal drug heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. However, these are not always used as prescribed which has resulted in a massive crisis in the U.S.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 3.8 million individuals had a substance use disorder (SUD) involving prescription pain relievers and 591,000 had a SUD involving heroin in 2015. Read more

Study links certain teen personality traits with schizophrenia

Study links certain teen personality traits with schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a severe mental health disorder that impacts the way an individual thinks, feels or behaves. Usually affecting individuals in the age group of 16 and 30 years, schizophrenia can, sometimes, affect children too. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), approximately 1.1 percent of U.S. adults have a 12-month prevalence of schizophrenia. Read more

Culture and its effect on one’s mental health

Culture and its effect on one’s mental health

Mental health refers to the state of an individual’s emotional, psychological and social well-being. When someone develops some or the other form of mental disorder which affects the way he or she thinks, acts or feels it usually indicates poor mental health. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), mental illnesses affect an individual’s ability to relate to others and function effectively on a daily basis. Read more

National PTSD Awareness Day: PTSD increases risk of cardiovascular disease

National PTSD Awareness Day: PTSD increases risk of cardiovascular disease

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that develops when a person experiences a scary or shocking incident. It can also develop due to other traumatic experiences, such as the demise of a loved one. While the symptoms of PTSD usually begin to appear as early as within three months of the traumatic incident, in some cases it can take years to become visible. Read more

8 subtle signs of bipolar disorder

8 subtle signs of bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder (BD), also known as manic-depressive illness, is a serious mental health condition that makes an individual experience unusual shift in mood, ranging from episodes of high-energy to episodes of moderate to severe depression.

The symptoms of BD, including sadness, low energy and inability to sleep properly, are often confused with symptoms of other mental health conditions, like depression and anxiety. This delays detection and treatment, thus aggravating the condition. Therefore, in order to help one recognize the symptoms of BD, here are a few subtle signs that one can look out for. Read more

International Day of Yoga: 5 benefits of yoga on mental health

International Day of Yoga: 5 benefits of yoga on mental health

With its origin in ancient India, yoga has been benefitting the masses in various parts of the world. Practicing it not only improves an individual’s physical strength and flexibility, but it also helps in getting relief from pain, in ensuring desired weight loss, and managing chronic illnesses. The practice of yoga involves a mix of body postures and breathing techniques that help one attain a balance between the person’s body and mind. Read more

Stimulating amygdala in brain may treat depression, suggests study

Stimulating amygdala in brain may treat depression, suggests study

Major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2015, more than 16 million people aged 18 years or older in the country, representing 6.7 percent of the adult population, had at least one major depressive episode in the previous year. A serious mental disorder, depression makes one feel low, sad and lose interest in activities he/she once enjoyed. Read more

Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” distressing mental health experts and parents

Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” distressing mental health experts and parents

A new Netflix series which portrays sexual assault, bullying and teenage suicide in a brutal and disturbing manner has got teen mental health experts and parents worried. The series “13 Reasons Why” is an adaptation of Jay Asher’s 2007 young adult novel of the same name. It narrates the events leading up to the suicide of Hannah Baker, a fictional high school student. Before killing herself, she records 13 audio tapes and leaves them behind for specific people who, according to Baker, led her to take the extreme step. Read more