Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Young adults and the mentally ill prone to committing suicide, finds study

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Young adults and the mentally ill prone to committing suicide, finds study

The “National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month” is being observed across the country. A study published online in the journal JAMA Psychiatry in September 2017, stresses on the imminent need to ramp up efforts in alleviating suicidal tendencies in vulnerable communities. In the study titled “National Trends in Suicide Attempts Among Adults in the United States,” researchers have suggested the need to observe the prevailing suicide trends among young adults. Read more

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Family members’ support can help ward off suicide risk

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Family members’ support can help ward off suicide risk

The United States has been witnessing a significant increase in suicide rates in recent years. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), more than 44,000 people die by suicide every year, making it the 10th leading cause of death in the country. It may not be possible to enlist all the factors that increase vulnerability in some people to suicidal ideation, but experts maintain family can play an important role in preventing people from taking such an extreme step.
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World Heart Day: Taking mental health matters in stride ensures a healthy beating heart

World Heart Day: Taking mental health matters in stride ensures a healthy beating heart

Heart diseases are common. More prevalent is the myth that the root of all heart problems is physiological. The truth is that habits such as drinking, smoking, eating fatty foods as well as lack of adequate exercise raises the risk of elevated blood pressure and consequently heart attacks. However, experts now stress that psychological problems like depression can also increase the risk of heart attacks.
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National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: Childhood obesity is a serious public health concern in US

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: Childhood obesity is a serious public health concern in US

Childhood obesity is a serious public health problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 12.4 million children and teenagers aged 2 to 19 years suffer from obesity during any given year. The CDC data reports that during 2011-14 the prevalence of obesity among children aged 12-19 years was at nearly 20.5 percent, while 17.5 percent kids in the age group 6-11 years are obese. Read more

Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain reveals her struggle with panic disorder

Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain reveals her struggle with panic disorder

Past research has still not been able to clearly identify a concrete reason for panic attacks. Experts say that frequent episodes of panic attacks can result in the development of a panic disorder, if left untreated. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), panic disorder affects roughly 2.7 percent of the American population. The ADAA also reports that women are two times more likely to be affected by a panic disorder than men. Read more

Expressive writing can prepare anxious people for next stressful task, finds study

Expressive writing can prepare anxious people for next stressful task, finds study

“Put one word after another. Find the right word; put it down.” The famous quote by English author Neil Gaiman puts forth succinctly the way writers work. People pick up the pen for various reasons, ranging from wanting to share great stories to writing novels based on own or others’ experiences. It takes a lot to express oneself creatively including perseverance. Now, a study titled “The effect of expressive writing on the error-related negativity among individuals with chronic worry,” suggests that simply expressing one’s feelings by writing them down can help reduce the level of stress associated with an upcoming task. Read more

Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month: Treating depression early in older adults can lessen substance abuse risk

Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month: Treating depression early in older adults can lessen substance abuse risk

Inability to cope with the fast pace of today’s life has pushed many old people into depression. Moreover, it’s a fact that the number of mental health facilities in the United States does not commensurate with the rising number of senior population at risk of depression. This is adding to their woes. Also, most aged citizens are reluctant to seek treatment for fear of being isolated or existing stigma associated with the disorder. Read more

SAMHSA's 2016 report indicates 9.8 million Americans had thoughts about committing suicide

SAMHSA’s 2016 report indicates 9.8 million Americans had thoughts about committing suicide

The latest report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) makes a startling revelation regarding the suicide trends in the U.S. The 2016 report indicates that 9.8 million adults aged 18 or older, had seriously considered taking their lives in the past year, which constitutes 4 percent of the total adult population. Despite the policy makers and researchers ramping up efforts to make lives of Americans better, the number of suicides has remained more or less constant in the past eight years rather than reducing. Read more

World Suicide Prevention Day: Teenagers, young adults with chronic illness are vulnerable to suicidal thoughts, finds study

World Suicide Prevention Day: Teenagers, young adults with chronic illness are vulnerable to suicidal thoughts, finds study

Sandra Brown (name changed) confessed to her psychologist how she had been frequently thinking about suicide. When asked about what triggered suicidal feelings in her, Brown said that the thought simply hovered in her mind and she usually pushed it away. Though it may sound odd and erratic, many people spend considerable time wondering what dying feels like. Read more