Constant anxiety due to stress can have devastating effects on children

Constant anxiety due to stress can have devastating effects on children

A child’s brain is at a developing stage, making it prone to the effects of traumatic incidents. The stress and trauma affect the mental health of children adversely and hinder their proper development. The stress may be due to factors that include extreme poverty, parents’ substance abuse problems or witnessing their mothers being victims of domestic violence. Being uncared for or feelings of neglect can impair emotional development for prolonged periods and may result in behavioral problems. Read more

World Hepatitis Day: Simultaneous mental health checkup beneficial to hepatitis patients

World Hepatitis Day: Simultaneous mental health checkup beneficial to hepatitis patients

The risk of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is highest among people with poor health or living a deteriorated quality of life. Impaired health can be the result of cirrhosis, injecting drugs, co-occurring psychological illnesses, incessant drinking habits and poor social support, among others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), clinicians diagnosed roughly 30,500 new cases of hepatitis C in 2014. Read more

National Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Day: Summer heat can cause depression

National Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Day: Summer heat can cause depression

Summers bring cheer considering the long vacations, in addition to the blissful weather that makes swimming and other fun-filled activities a memorable experience. While most Americans await this season after a long spell of winter followed by spring, some experience symptoms of depression owing to the effect of seasonal changes. The mental illness pertaining to the change in seasons is called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and affects millions of people in the United States. Signs of SAD include depressive behavior, constant nervousness, feelings of tiredness and sudden weight loss. Read more

Working at ‘breastaurants’ may cause anxiety in waitresses, finds study

Working at ‘breastaurants’ may cause anxiety in waitresses, finds study

When one visits a restaurant one is often greeted and looked after by waiters, male and female, who are a common sight irrespective across most eating places. Waitressing jobs are common in the U.S. among professionals and students, who often pick up these jobs to pay through college. Apart from college students even those struggling to make a living only manage to pay their bills by putting on a uniform and taking orders for drinks or dinner. The latest figures published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), indicate that roughly 2.4 million Americans work as waiters and waitresses in any given year. Read more

Death of Chester Bennington rakes up discussion on mental health issues

Death of Chester Bennington rakes up discussion on mental health issues

Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, allegedly hanged himself in his home on July 20, 2017. Bennington, who had struggled with depression and drug abuse in the past, was associated with the American rock band since 1998, two years after the band was formed. Described as a vocal powerhouse, Bennington, 41, went ahead to become the lead singer of the band. Read more

Study links going to bed late with reduced control over OCD symptoms

Study links going to bed late with reduced control over OCD symptoms

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) defines obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as a chronic mental health disorder in which an individual experiences uncontrollable, reoccurring obsessive thoughts and compulsive behavior. A person affected by this disorder does things compulsively as he/she is unable to control his/her thoughts and behavior. According to the NIMH, approximately 1 percent of the U.S. adult population has a 12-month prevalence of developing OCD, of which about 51 percent cases are classified as severe. Read more

Solitary confinement can adversely affect prisoners’ mental health, finds report

Solitary confinement can adversely affect prisoners’ mental health, finds report

Keeping prisoners in solitary confinement can cause irreparable damage to their mental health, investigators from the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General have found. In their report titled “Review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Use of Restrictive Housing for Inmates with Mental Illness,” the investigators revealed how prisoners, including those who are mentally ill, are living alone in their cells for prolonged periods in contravention of the federal policy. Read more

Food allergy may trigger anxiety in some children, finds study

Food allergy may trigger anxiety in some children, finds study

Some food items can trigger severe allergic reactions and experts have classified more than 170 edibles that do so. Food allergies are common among American children. This is evident from numbers shared by the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), revealing that nearly 8 percent children suffer from food allergies in any given year. The AAAAI data also shows that in 2012, more than 4 million children had exhibited symptoms of being allergic to one or the other food items. Read more