Study finds phone app as effective as conventional methods in treating mental disorders

Study finds phone app as effective as conventional methods in treating mental disorders

The rampant use of smartphone can increase the risk of developing various mental health conditions, say experts and some studies. However, a recent study has suggested that the use of phone apps can help in treating patients suffering from mental disorders like schizophrenia, bipolar and major depression. According to the study published in the Psychiatric Services in May 2018, a smartphone program was as effective as any other medical intervention in treating patients suffering from mental illness. Read more

Prolonged use of antidepressants linked to weight gain, finds study

Prolonged use of antidepressants linked to weight gain, finds study

Research has linked obesity to an increased chance of developing depression whereas, depression is considered to be one of the key factors responsible for encountering weight management issues. It seems the prescription drugs used for treating the mental disorder might also have a critical role to play in one’s weight gain. According to a recent study by experts at the King’s College, London, commonly used antidepressants can heighten one’s chance of becoming obese, with the prolonged use tied to 21 percent increased chance of suffering from obesity. Read more

Mental Health Month: Common phrases that fuel mental health stigma

Mental Health Month: Common phrases that fuel mental health stigma

Millions of people suffer from some or the other form of mental disorder every year in the United States, but very few step forward to seek treatment. One of the barriers preventing them from seeking support is associated stigma prevalent in the society. Preconceived notions and prejudices about mental illnesses not only prevent people from seeking help but also scare them from accepting the problems. Read more

Alyssa Milano on motherhood and overcoming anxiety disorder

Alyssa Milano on motherhood and overcoming anxiety disorder

Motherhood is a beautiful phase in a woman’s life that brings not just happiness, but complications too in the form of physical and mental problems. It is easy to spot physical illnesses, but mental health issues are often ignored that can go on to affect the mother as well as her baby. One of the celebrities to face this challenge is 45-year-old actress and activist Alyssa Milano. According to the “Charmed” actress, her tryst with mental illnesses began with her motherhood. Read more

Antidepressants are less effective for mild anxiety and panic disorder, says study

Antidepressants are less effective for mild anxiety and panic disorder, says study

Antidepressants are usually used for treating generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), major depressive disorder (MDD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). However, a research published in the journal Depression and Anxiety in May 2018 demonstrated that therapeutic benefits of antidepressants may depend on the severity of symptoms. Therefore, the efficacy of antidepressants is minimal in patients of panic disorder (PD) and mild GAD, the study said. Read more

Study explores probable link between depression and memory problems in elderly

Study explores probable link between depression and memory problems in elderly

Loss of memory and an impaired thinking are often considered part of the aging process. Hence, along with the wrinkled skin and deteriorating bodily functions, fluctuating memories are also accepted as a natural outcome of aging. However, according to a recent study, published in Neurology in May 2018, impaired memory and thinking in elderly people could be a result of underlying depression. Read more

HBO documentary explores challenges of raising children with psychiatric disorders

HBO documentary explores challenges of raising children with psychiatric disorders

The wide disparity in mental health treatment for men and women, colored people and whites, young and old, and children and adults cannot be overlooked. Many a times, their mental health needs remain unmet due to insufficient diagnosis, inaccessibility of proper services, lack of professional support and most importantly, stigma. A new HBO documentary talks about the state of mental illness in American children and how their families cope with the challenging situation while attempting to institute help. Read more

Resistance training may help reduce symptoms of depression, says study

Resistance training may help reduce symptoms of depression, says study

Regular exercise is a proven way to attain a healthy mind and body. Though there is enough documentation supporting the physical benefits of exercise, a recent meta-analysis established that a particular type of exercise can help improve mental health too. The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry in May 2018, found that resistance exercise training (RET) could significantly reduce the symptoms of depression, such as bad mood, feelings of worthlessness, and loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. Read more

Americans record higher anxiety level over 2017, finds survey

Americans record higher anxiety level over 2017, finds survey

Anxiety disorders are characterized by persistent, excessive worry or fear. While millions of Americans get affected by mental illnesses every year, a new poll by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has reported a record increase in anxiety levels among Americans (39 percent). According to the national poll, the nation has witnessed a five-point increase in its overall anxiety score. The change is evident across all age groups, races and genders. On a scale of 0 to 100, America’s overall anxiety score stood at 51. Read more