Grammy nominee Julia Michaels reveals her battle with anxiety

Grammy nominee Julia Michaels reveals her battle with anxiety

American singer and songwriter Julia Michaels has joined the league of celebrities publicizing their mental health problems. Michaels, who got two nominations (Best New Artist and Song of the Year) at the 60th Grammy Awards, has opened up about her struggle with anxiety. In a candid article for Glamour, published on Jan. 28, 2018, the 24-year-old star revealed how her first publishing contract as a songwriter introduced her to anxiety. For an 18-year-old girl, as she submitted, it was too much pressure to handle. The pressure to perform left her mind and body so stressed that she felt like trapped in a never-ending spiral. Many a times, she felt as if she was not able to breathe. Read more

Hospital abandons woman with mental illness on streets

Hospital abandons woman with mental illness on streets

A mentally disoriented woman in her early twenties recently dumped on the streets by a Baltimore hospital is a case of sheer indifference and negligence on the part of the medical fraternity. Rebecca (22), suffering from bipolar disorder and Asperger’s syndrome, was left on her own on a cold winter night outside the hospital. A passerby, who shot the entire episode and circulated the video on social media, highlighted the plight of the patient clad in a flimsy gown and crying at the bus stop.

When her mother, Cheryl, got to know about her daughter’s whereabouts, she reached out to the media to clear misconceptions about her daughter who was being called a drug addict and prostitute. The mother was shocked to see the treatment meted out to her helpless daughter. She termed the authorities callous and irresponsible “because they weren’t looking at her like a human being.” She was appalled by the apathy of the hospital staff. Read more

Frequent business travel bad for mental health, says study

Frequent business travel bad for mental health, says study

Frequent business travel is related to poor health mental outcomes, says a recent study, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in December 2017. According to the study, those who travelled for 21 and more nights/per month for work were more likely to take up smoking, have sleep issues and lead a sedentary lifestyle than those who travelled for one to six nights per month for work. Moreover, employees reporting hectic work schedules were likely to have higher scorecards for alcohol dependence, exhibit mild to severe levels of anxiety, and display symptoms of clinical depression. Read more

344% increase in ADHD prescriptions among reproductive-age women during 2003-15, says CDC

344% increase in ADHD prescriptions among reproductive-age women during 2003-15, says CDC

The last decade has seen a significant increase in the number of reproductive-age women who filled prescriptions for medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – 0.9 percent in 2003 to 4 percent in 2015, marking an upsurge of 344 percent, said the latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more

Study reveals widespread ignorance about causes of mental illness

Study reveals widespread ignorance about causes of mental illness

“The most violent element in society is ignorance.” – Emma Goldman

It is believed that ignorance is the root of all violence, misbelief and agony. Even a person with mental illness believes that he/she is being punished by God for having bad character or evil actions. The society is still prejudiced against people with mental health problems and do not take the associated complications seriously. Read more

Singer O’Riordan’s life was difficult with bipolar disorder, depression and sexual assault

Singer O’Riordan’s life was difficult with bipolar disorder, depression and sexual assault

The sudden death of Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan has left many unanswered questions behind. The 46-year-old Irish singer, who had been in London for a short recording session, died on Jan. 15, 2018. She was found dead at the London Hilton hotel, where she was staying. The Police classified her death as “unexplained.” Read more

20 minutes of meditation is all that is required to reduce PTSD in older adults, says study

20 minutes of meditation is all that is required to reduce PTSD in older adults, says study

“Meditation is listening to the Divine within.” ― Edgar Cayce

There are numerous ways to cope with the unquiet mind, but none as easy and soothing as meditation. It brings an individual closer to his/her spiritual self. Most mental illnesses are associated with racing thoughts and chaotic thinking. A convoluted mind makes it difficult for someone to function to his/her full capacity. A recent study confirmed what we had known all along – listening to the inner voice can help overcome many mental health problems related to anxiety and stress, in particular, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read more

Roald Dahl’s daughter Tessa chronicles her life with bipolar disorder

Roald Dahl’s daughter Tessa chronicles her life with bipolar disorder

Prior to his death in 1990, the British storyteller and novelist, Roald Dahl said of his daughter Chantal Sophia aka Tessa Dahl, “She’s by far the most complicated of my children but she’s the most interesting.” Once considered as one of the most beautiful women in the world, the former British actress was arrested in Connecticut in November 2017 for failing to pay her hotel bill amounting to £4,000 (around $5,400).

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More than 64% LGBTQ people experience anxiety disorders, finds survey

More than 64% LGBTQ people experience anxiety disorders, finds survey

A recent survey undertaken by a media group has found that members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community were more likely to fall prey to mood or mental health disorders. According to the findings, 64.35 percent of respondents mentioned that they were either living with or had been diagnosed with some form of anxiety disorder. Another 49.63 percent of the participants revealed that they had a mood disorder which ranged from minor blues to something as complex as bipolar disorder. Read more

Challenging parent behavior model can reduce risk of anxiety in children, says study

Challenging parent behavior model can reduce risk of anxiety in children, says study

Anxiety is not just a response to a stressful event or a disease that runs down in families due to genes. Certain situations in life can play an important role in leading to the problem or worsening the problem. According to a recent study, parents who keep a close watch on their children can actually exacerbate the anxiety in their children. As opposed to helicopter parenting where parents tend to become overprotective about their children, those who use the challenging parent behavior (CPB) model help their kids grow up in competitive environments, thereby, reducing their risk of developing anxiety. Read more