Men’s Health Month: Virtual visits getting popular among young men with mental problems

Men’s Health Month: Virtual visits getting popular among young men with mental problems

Mental illnesses can affect anyone, irrespective of age, gender or social status. Though several studies suggest that women are more vulnerable to common mental problems like anxiety and depression than men, it is surprising that the suicide rate among males is significantly higher in the United States. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), men commit suicide three-and-a-half times more often than women. The high rate of suicide suggests that men suffer from mental problems, but may not be seeking the help they need. The reasons for this are many, including lack of proper treatment facilities, financial burden and social stigma. Read more

California ER doctor suspended for rebuking basketball player suffering from anxiety attack

California ER doctor suspended for rebuking basketball player suffering from anxiety attack

A Northern California emergency room (ER) doctor has been suspended after she was caught on camera misbehaving, mocking, cursing and ridiculing a 20-year-old basketball player who claimed to be suffering from an anxiety attack. Dr. Beth Keegstra (57) of El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos, was caught on video tape making fun of Samuel Bardwell, a newly enrolled student at West Valley College in Saratoga. As per the reports, Samuel was rushed to the ER after suffering from a severe anxiety attack during the school’s first summer basketball workout and passed out. Read more

Anxiety after menopause increases chance of bone injuries, says study

Anxiety after menopause increases chance of bone injuries, says study

Anxiety is a serious mental health problem that can affect the quality of life, and in case of women, it can also harm their bone health, according to a recent study. Developing anxiety in the postmenopausal ages increases the risk of osteoporosis in women, thereby, increasing the chance of suffering from fractures and bone injuries, said the study, published in the Menopause in May 2018. Read more

Suicide can be contagious too

Suicide can be contagious too

The recent deaths of American fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrated chef Anthony Bourdain due to suicide has sent shock waves across the community and heightened the concern of many about the well-being of their loved ones. People are fearful that increased celebrity suicides might instigate their loved ones to take similar steps, who might be battling with mental health issues. Experts believe that the rise in suicidal behaviors after hearing stories of people ending their lives is causing suicide contagion. Read more

Complicated pregnancy can activate schizophrenia genes in placenta, says study

Complicated pregnancy can activate schizophrenia genes in placenta, says study

Complicated pregnancies like high blood pressure can ‘turn on’ the schizophrenia genes present in the placenta and indicate that the organ is under pressure, says a recent study carried out by the researchers from the Lieber Institute for Brain Development in Maryland. The study pointed to the fact that the risk of developing a mental disorder increases when the placenta is in distress. Read more