Study suggests link between childhood obesity and depression

Study suggests link between childhood obesity and depression

Considering the rising prevalence of depression across the United States, scientists are constantly conducting studies to understand the relevant factors that increase the likelihood of various mental problems. Now, a group of researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine has highlighted the concurrent problems of obesity and depression in both children and adolescents. According to a recent study published online in the journal Hormones and Behavior, depression and obesity in children may be caused by shared aberrations in the reward-processing regions of the brain. Read more

People with certain allergic problems are vulnerable to psychiatric disorders, finds study

People with certain allergic problems are vulnerable to psychiatric disorders, finds study

The wide prevalence of psychiatric disorders has compelled an increasing number of researchers to look into their possible reasons and effects. Though there may be many causes behind a person developing some kind of mental problem, a group of researchers has suggested that patients suffering from asthma and hay fever are more prone to psychiatric illnesses.

The researchers in their study published recently in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry identified asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and atopic dermatitis (eczema) among the most common allergic problems. They have stressed how people with the three problems find themselves on an emotional back foot. Looking at the increasing prevalence of comorbidity of allergies and emotional distress, the researchers wanted to check if allergic diseases had anything to do with psychiatric problems. Read more

Ketamine nasal spray can help people with suicidal thoughts, finds study

Ketamine nasal spray can help people with suicidal thoughts, finds study

Club drug ketamine was formed as an anesthetic; however, a recent study by a team of researchers at the Janssen Research and Development has found that spray ketamine can help people experiencing suicidal thoughts. The study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, highlighted that in addition to coming to people’s rescue when given intravenously, the drug can also be effective when administered in the form of a special nasal spray called esketamine. Read more

Denial of suicidal intent behind self-inflicted injury can be barrier to mental health treatment

Denial of suicidal intent behind self-inflicted injury can be barrier to mental health treatment

Of the major roadblocks confronting mental health treatment, one of the prominent problems identified by a recent study is the outright denial of a suicide attempt by patients of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Highlighting the clinical attributes of the patients coming to hospitals for self-inflicted injuries, the study indicated that the symptoms of mental disorders can be identified in such people through psychiatric consultation. Since the nondisclosure of a suicidal attempt increased the chance of being discharged from hospital by 10.86 times compared to others, it becomes difficult to diagnose psychiatric disorders on time. Read more

Characters in picture books can help relieve anxiety in children, says study

Characters in picture books can help relieve anxiety in children, says study

Children too tend to suffer from anxiety for myriad reasons; however, unlike adults, they are unable to express their fears and problems. Anxiety is a big health concern among children today, especially due to the disintegration of joint families and the rapid progress in the field of technology. While science has proposed a variety of methods to alleviate anxiety in children, experts are now relying on the power of picture books to help them deal with anxiety. Read more

Acceptance without judgment helps manage self-injury in borderline personality disorder, says study

Acceptance without judgment helps manage self-injury in borderline personality disorder, says study

Borderline personality disorder (BPD), a mental illness characterized by a pattern of shifting mood swings, self-image and behavior, is also associated with an increased rate of self-harm and suicidal ideations. People struggling with BPD engage in self-injury behaviors to alleviate the intense psychological distress that they feel. However, according to a recent study, published in the journal Behavioral Research and Therapy in March 2018, acceptance without judgment, one of the four key mindfulness components of Dialectical Behavior Therapy group skills training (DBT–ST), led to a reduction in the incidents of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) in such patients. Read more

How these 5 Hollywood personalities handled OCD

How these 5 Hollywood personalities handled OCD

Mental problems are pervasive and can afflict anyone, irrespective of age, race or social status. One such condition is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), more common than one can think of. People suffering from OCD have reoccurring and uncontrollable thoughts, obsessions and behaviors with an urge to indulge in them repeatedly. In recent years, many renowned personalities from all occupations have confessed to suffering from OCD. Here, we will discuss about five Hollywood actors/singers who grappled with OCD and how they handled it in their lives. Read more

Remote patient monitoring may help device personalized treatment for schizophrenia, says study

Remote patient monitoring may help device personalized treatment for schizophrenia, says study

Advancements in technology and medical science have helped scientists come up with treatment and intervention for various physical and mental illnesses. However, the saddest part is that modern research methods are yet to provide a complete and reliable treatment for some debilitating mental health problems like schizophrenia. Diagnosis of this emotional disorder, till date, is mostly dependent on traditional ways of evaluation – samples of behavior and symptoms as recorded in clinical settings or details provided by patients. Advanced technology has led to the emergence of mobile health devices (mHealth devices) that help in collecting necessary data and sending them to clinicians. The collected details help clinicians understand if the health plan charted by them is delivering necessary results after which they can make adjustments to avoid any adverse outcomes in future. Read more