Discontinuing antidepressants may increase relapse risk in anxiety patients, says study

Discontinuing antidepressants may increase relapse risk in anxiety patients, says study

Anxiety disorders are a common problem in the United States, with more than 18.1 percent of its population suffering from it. Unfortunately, most people tend to relapse during or after the treatment. Now, a study titled “Risk of relapse after antidepressant discontinuation in anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder” has found how anxiety disorder patients who responded to antidepressants showed reduced relapse rates. Read more

Emotional Wellness Month: Panic attacks and trauma can affect police officers as well

Emotional Wellness Month: Panic attacks and trauma can affect police officers as well

Nobody in the family of Richard (name changed) had any hint what he had been going through until they came across a suicide note left by him. But it was too late to do anything, as Richard lied in a pool of blood. He had cut his veins, leaving a note mentioning the stress and pain he had been feeling. He preferred not to share his problems, fearing unwelcome remarks or discrimination against himself and his family. Read more

World Mental Health Day: Lack of paid sick leave can exacerbate workers’ mental health problem, finds study

World Mental Health Day: Lack of paid sick leave can exacerbate workers’ mental health problem, finds study

Millions of people working in private sector in the United States do not enjoy any paid sick leave. It is evident from the fact that only seven American states have paid sick-leave norms, while 15 others have passed laws forestalling any attempt of localities to allow provision of sick leave. The situation paints a grim picture and according to experts this trend can affect the mental health of an employee. To add to this, a recent study examined the association between mental distress and paid sick leave among American workers aged 18-64 years. Read more

National Depression Screening Day: UCLA organizes mental health screening for its freshmen

National Depression Screening Day: UCLA organizes mental health screening for its freshmen

Getting through college entrance tests or facing university exams may be arduous, and in some cases, provoke anxiousness. While anxiety symptoms are common as a result of continuing stress levels, care must be taken that the affected do not slip into unwarranted depression. Parents of Emily Thornton (name changed) barely recognized her after she returned home post her sophomore year at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Emily’s obsession with study and challenging university life took a heavy toll on her mental as well as physical health. Read more