Study suggests link between low blood pressure and suicidal thoughts

Study suggests link between low blood pressure and suicidal thoughts

Both high and low blood pressure (BP) can be symptoms of underlying disorders. However, most people tend to underestimate the dangers associated with low BP. The common signs of low BP include feelings of dizziness or complaints of lightheadedness when standing up after sitting or lying down for some time. While physicians look at low blood pressure as a symptom of an underlying physical problem, a recent study suggested that it may increase the risk for suicidal thoughts. Read more

Nick Gordon’s girlfriend takes responsibility for tiff, cites her bipolar disorder as reason

Nick Gordon’s girlfriend takes responsibility for tiff, cites her bipolar disorder as reason

The alleged domestic dispute between Nick Gordon and his girlfriend Laura Leal took an interesting turn when the latter said that she was at fault in the incident that saw the professional baseball player behind bars. Leal said that she had been diagnosed with bipolar, and had severe anger issues, which could have provoked Gordon. This was corroborated by Gordon’s account in the police records stating that Leal was violent and erratic. Read more

Sleep Awareness Week: Nightmare disorder in military personnel linked to sleep disorders, finds study

Sleep Awareness Week: Nightmare disorder in military personnel linked to sleep disorders, finds study

A good night’s sleep is no doubt crucial to a sound mental health. While it is a known fact that being deprived of the eight hours of sleep every night may have a damaging effect on cognitive ability, continual kip disturbances can affect one’s mental health too. Sleep disorders characterized by difficulty in falling or staying asleep affect millions of American adults, including members of the armed forces.   Read more

NBA player Kevin Love comes out in open about his mental problem

NBA player Kevin Love comes out in open about his mental problem

After grappling with mental disorder in silence for several years, National Basketball Association (NBA) player Kevin Love has disclosed about his struggles with panic attacks. In an essay for The Player’s Tribune, Love gave a detailed account of his panic attack during a game this season and shared that for most part of his life, he was afraid to admit if something was wrong with him. “For 29 years, I thought about mental health as someone else’s problem,” wrote the five-time All-Star in his essay. Read more

Light therapy can lower rate of switching from bipolar depression to mania, finds study

Light therapy can lower rate of switching from bipolar depression to mania, finds study

Bright light, especially that of the Sun, is important for the physical and mental well-being of an individual. In certain mental illnesses, such as depression, the lack of any form of light is found to aggravate the condition. Studies have proved that bright light therapy is helpful for treating depression. However, its role in the treatment of bipolar disorder was not clear. It was felt that while bright light therapy alleviated the symptoms of depression, it increased the risks of switching to the mania or hypomania phase, characterized by increased restlessness, euphoric feeling and risk-taking behavior. Read more