Don’t Be a Bully Month: Workplace bullying can result in depression, anxiety

There is a tendency among some employees or senior officials to engage in bullying behavior in a bid to achieve a power imbalance at workplace. Bullying has a diabolic impact on both employees who are bullied and those who bully others. The Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) – “the first and only U.S. organization dedicated to the eradication of workplace bullying,” as put on its website – defines bullying as “repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the target) by one or more perpetrators that takes myriad forms.” Read more

Family Fun Month: Spend time with loved ones to keep depression at bay

Sara (name changed), a resident of Los Angeles with two young kids, visits her close relatives every weekend. “I really feel happy after we spend time together,” she says. Sara is among a few happy women in the United States who manage to take out some time from their busy schedule to meet loved ones. Spending time with friends and family members can help a person feel happy and stress-free. Research has indicated that spending quality time with loved ones can help wean off symptoms of depression. Researchers also stress that the time needs to be spent in person as opposed to modern ways of communicating through the web or any other electronic device. Read more

Michelle Carter sentenced for prompting boyfriend’s suicide, sparks fresh row on depression

Suicidal feelings can often plague a depressed mind. However, not all depressed people end their lives, though persistent hopelessness may impel them to nurture feelings of suicidal ideation. A recent ruling against Michelle Carter, who had urged her boyfriend to end his own life through phone calls and a slew of text messages, brought to light the reality of mental health problems that exist in the United States. Read more

Know how to deal with OCD

No one can dispute the power of thoughts. In fact, thoughts can break or make a person’s character and life. Unfortunately, distressing ideas and image haunt some people’s mind, so much so that they find it difficult to shake them off. Such a condition is most common among patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), OCD is a chronic mental disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions). The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), reports that 2.2 million people aged 18 and above in the United States are living with symptoms of the disorder during any given year. Read more

TV star Eric Dane reveals struggle with depression

Actor Eric Dane has opened up about his recent struggle with depression that coerced him to seek a break from his TNT series The Last Ship in April. The Grey’s Anatomy alum emphasized on the need for affected people to come forward and share their problems. He said that it was important to take note of the physiological and psychological changes that one’s body may be going through as a result of emotional disorders. Read more

National Happiness Happens Day: 1 in 3 Americans is happy, reveals Harris Poll

Happiness is a state of mind. In fact, it is a mental state of well-being produced by positive emotions. There is no particular single key to a happy frame of mind. Happiness depends upon many factors, such as health, social life, money, success and attitude, among others. It is difficult to pinpoint at one single factor that can serve as the elixir to achieve a permanent state of happiness. Read more

Soldiers in army units with history of suicide attempts more likely to try to kill themselves, finds study

Fleeting irrelevant thoughts often assail one when going through a bad phase. But some people actively involve themselves in making suicidal plans or design ways that can help them end their lives. The statistics provided by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), reveal that roughly 43,000 people take their own lives each year. The AFSP figures also report that an estimated 1.1 million Americans attempt suicide every year. Read more

Strong ethno-cultural identity, land connection help lower mental disorders, finds study

There is not much information available about why people of some communities are more affected by mental disorders than others. Now, a group of researchers examining the mental health condition of various Aboriginal communities has suggested how possessing a strong sense of ethno-cultural identity and a connection to the land can help in maintaining positive emotional health.

For the study titled “Mental Health Perceptions and Practices of a Cree Community in Northern Ontario: A Qualitative Study,” the researchers observed the functioning of members of the Cree community to understand factors responsible for low rates of mental illnesses, such as depression and suicide, and utilization of psychiatric services despite being victims of natural disasters and consequent relocation to other areas. Read more

Constant anxiety due to stress can have devastating effects on children

A child’s brain is at a developing stage, making it prone to the effects of traumatic incidents. The stress and trauma affect the mental health of children adversely and hinder their proper development. The stress may be due to factors that include extreme poverty, parents’ substance abuse problems or witnessing their mothers being victims of domestic violence. Being uncared for or feelings of neglect can impair emotional development for prolonged periods and may result in behavioral problems. Read more