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

Study suggests link between low blood pressure and suicidal thoughts

Study suggests link between low blood pressure and suicidal thoughts

Both high and low blood pressure (BP) can be symptoms of underlying disorders. However, most people tend to underestimate the dangers associated with low BP. The common signs of low BP include feelings of dizziness or complaints of lightheadedness when standing up after sitting or lying down for some time. While physicians look at low blood pressure as a symptom of an underlying physical problem, a recent study suggested that it may increase the risk for suicidal thoughts. Read more

PTSD Awareness Month: Colorado approves use of medical marijuana for treating PTSD

PTSD Awareness Month: Colorado approves use of medical marijuana for treating PTSD

After a tough battle, the Colorado government has finally included post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition for the use of doctor-approved medical marijuana. Colorado is now among more than 20 other states, as well as Washington D.C. and two U.S. territories that allow PTSD patients to use medical marijuana to alleviate their symptoms.

Governor John Hickenlooper has brought the years-long fight of veterans as well as advocates to an end by signing the Senate Bill 17 into a law on Monday. Senate Bill 17 gives individuals a constitutional right to use medical marijuana for treating acute stress disorder or PTSD. Read more

National Nutrition Month: Emotional eating linked to mood fluctuations

National Nutrition Month: Emotional eating linked to mood fluctuations

The U.S. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates the month of March, every year, as National Nutrition Month. During this month-long campaign, the academy focusses on disseminating awareness about the importance of inculcating healthy eating habits. The American lifestyle is heavily dependent on junk food and therefore as a community, it is important that we strive to eat healthy to ensure our present and future generations follow suit. Read more

International Day of Happiness: Behavioral activation therapy found to prevent depression

International Day of Happiness: Behavioral activation therapy found to prevent depression

Happiness is a goal that has been actively pursued by humans across ages. Whether psychology or spirituality, various fields of human endeavor have tried to define and understand it better. What makes humans happy? How can it be achieved? Are oft asked questions or pondered on. The importance of this goal is reflected in the fact that the United Nations (UN) recognizes happiness as a fundamental human goal and says that all progress should be to achieve this goal. Keeping this in mind, the UN has established March 20 as the annual International Day of Happiness and all 193 United Nations member states have adopted a resolution calling for happiness to be given greater priority.

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Collaborative care: Rays of hope for older adults with mild depression

Collaborative care: Rays of hope for older adults with mild depression

Nearly 14 percent older people meet the criteria for depression, the second leading cause of disability across the globe. While clinical depression is a mood disorder that can affect a person’s day-to-day activities, subthreshold depression is a condition in which an individual has depressive symptoms but does not meet the criteria for depressive disorder. Though not as serious as a depressive disorder, subthreshold depression can have serious consequences to one’s quality of life. Read more

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Electric brain stimulation may help treat bulimia nervosa

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Electric brain stimulation may help treat bulimia nervosa

As the United States observes the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week from February 26 to March 4, efforts are being redirected to help people speak about their eating disorders and get help. Eating disorders are serious illnesses and can affect anyone irrespective of age, gender, caste or socioeconomic status. It’s time to talk about it.

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Nevada proposes $20 million cut in mental health budget

Nevada proposes $20 million cut in mental health budget

Exuding confidence that the Trump administration would provide insurance coverage to all Americans, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval on Thursday proposed to slash the state’s mental health budget by $20 million. The majority of the proposed cut comes to the outpatient treatment services provided by Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services (NNAMHS) and Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services (SNAMHS). The move will eliminate 112 positions that include pharmacy technicians, psychiatrists and other mental health care workers. Read more

Using mindfulness meditation to reduce stress and anxiety

Using mindfulness meditation to reduce stress and anxiety

While stress is known to produce short-term anxiety in almost everyone, it can cause serious physical and mental harm to many others who suffer from chronic stressful conditions over a prolonged period. Because of its mind-body connection, anxiety can have serious side effects on one’s physical health, resulting in muscle tension, headaches and digestive problems. But the good news is that one can easily reduce the distressing anxiety-related symptoms by practicing certain relaxation techniques, with “mindfulness meditation” being the most powerful way to release pent-up emotions. Read more