Dwayne Johnson on depression: Speak up and ask for help, you are not alone

Dwayne Johnson on depression: Speak up and ask for help, you are not alone

It is hard to believe that the world’s highest paid actor, Dwayne Johnson, popularly known as “The Rock” once struggled with depression. The wrestler-actor said that it his struggle with depression that lead him to WWE that ultimately opened the doors to a successful acting career in Hollywood. In a recent tweet to a young fan, Johnson admitted about his longtime struggle with depression and urged that those battling depression should ask for help. Read more

Military wives more likely to abuse alcohol, suffer mental illnesses

Military wives more likely to abuse alcohol, suffer mental illnesses

For most people, it is often hard to maintain a perfect work-life balance, and it is harder in case of military families. A military spouse often encounters both personal and institutional challenges. Frequent relocations, erratic schedules and continuous deployments adversely affect the lives of military personnel and their family members. Read more

Financial debt takes a toll on students’ mental health: Study

Financial debt takes a toll on students’ mental health: Study

Lack of adequate money to pay off the bills can be frustrating and this financial strain can affect the mental health of a person. Though it is normal to feel worried during financial stress, the lurking fear of redundancy and debt can pull one down in the abyss of emotional distress. To escape the burden of constant anxiety, some people may take to substances, thus raising the fear of addiction. Read more

Neanderthal genes may up risk of depression and addiction: Study

Neanderthal genes may up risk of depression and addiction: Study

Gene variants from Neanderthals found in today’s people could increase their chance of certain illnesses, such as depression, heart attack and nicotine addiction, a recent study at the Vanderbilt University has revealed. The study, published in the journal Science, was based on the analysis of tens of thousands of modern people’s medical records and their genetic histories. Read more

Face your fears: How phobias work

Face your fears: How phobias work

Fears don’t always make logical sense. For instance, many people who are afraid of flying aren’t afraid of driving even though road fatalities greatly outnumber fatalities in air crashes. All of us have fears and phobias, and the reasons behind them are still debated. Here’s a look at phobias, how they work and where they come from.

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Mental illness plagues the homeless population

Mental illness plagues the homeless population

Many homeless people hide from the eyes of the world. They shuffle quietly through the streets by day, talking to their voices only when they think nobody is looking and they live in shelters or abandoned buildings at night. Some shelters become known as havens for these mentally ill wanderers and take on the appearance of a hospital psychiatric ward. Others live in the woods on the outskirts of cities, under bridges, and even in the tunnels that carry subway trains beneath cities. They are ghosts to the majority of society and, as a result, there are many more people with untreated severe psychiatric illnesses living on America’s streets than are receiving care in hospitals.

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