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
Raloxifene, a medication usually prescribed for preventing and treating osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, can be equally effective as an adjunct therapy for overcoming the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia in them, according to a recent study published in the journal Schizophrenia Research. Read more
A mentally disoriented woman in her early twenties recently dumped on the streets by a Baltimore hospital is a case of sheer indifference and negligence on the part of the medical fraternity. Rebecca (22), suffering from bipolar disorder and Asperger’s syndrome, was left on her own on a cold winter night outside the hospital. A passerby, who shot the entire episode and circulated the video on social media, highlighted the plight of the patient clad in a flimsy gown and crying at the bus stop.
When her mother, Cheryl, got to know about her daughter’s whereabouts, she reached out to the media to clear misconceptions about her daughter who was being called a drug addict and prostitute. The mother was shocked to see the treatment meted out to her helpless daughter. She termed the authorities callous and irresponsible “because they weren’t looking at her like a human being.” She was appalled by the apathy of the hospital staff. Read more
Frequent business travel is related to poor health mental outcomes, says a recent study, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in December 2017. According to the study, those who travelled for 21 and more nights/per month for work were more likely to take up smoking, have sleep issues and lead a sedentary lifestyle than those who travelled for one to six nights per month for work. Moreover, employees reporting hectic work schedules were likely to have higher scorecards for alcohol dependence, exhibit mild to severe levels of anxiety, and display symptoms of clinical depression. Read more
Prior to his death in 1990, the British storyteller and novelist, Roald Dahl said of his daughter Chantal Sophia aka Tessa Dahl, “She’s by far the most complicated of my children but she’s the most interesting.” Once considered as one of the most beautiful women in the world, the former British actress was arrested in Connecticut in November 2017 for failing to pay her hotel bill amounting to £4,000 (around $5,400).
“Which of my feelings are real? Which of the me’s is me? The wild, impulsive, chaotic, energetic, and crazy one? Or the shy, withdrawn, desperate, suicidal, doomed and tired one? Probably a bit of both, hopefully much that is neither.”
One of the lesser known and most misunderstood anxiety disorders is agoraphobia, characterized by fear and avoidance of public places. The person may feel trapped and helpless being in open, enclosed or crowded spaces, and can experience a panic attack. A former teaching assistant, Abby Lewis (22) from Newcastle, has revealed her struggles with the condition that has forced her to remain confined to her home since two years. She recently admitted that while the whole world celebrated Christmas with full fervor and gaiety, she remained at home. “This is the third Christmas I’ve been stuck at home and haven’t been able to celebrate like I used to. It’s literally my favorite time of year,” she said. Read more
A panic attack is an abrupt surge of intense fear or anxiety. Most people usually dismiss an occasional nighttime panic attack as an outcome of stress or restlessness. However, frequent episodes of panic attack in sleep may indicate a serious underlying problem. Panic attacks in sleep can occur with no obvious trigger. Like daytime panic attack, nocturnal attacks can also produce alarming symptoms, including sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, flushing or chills, rapid heart rate and a sense of impending doom.
While panic attacks during night usually last only for a few minutes, the person experiencing the symptoms may take a while to go back to sleep. Nighttime panic attacks may also bother the victim during the day, thereby, affecting the quality of life. Although the actual causes of panic attacks are unknown, genetics, stress and certain changes in the brain functioning may contribute to the problem. Read more
Nobody in the family of Richard (name changed) had any hint what he had been going through until they came across a suicide note left by him. But it was too late to do anything, as Richard lied in a pool of blood. He had cut his veins, leaving a note mentioning the stress and pain he had been feeling. He preferred not to share his problems, fearing unwelcome remarks or discrimination against himself and his family. Read more
A common mental disorder, depression affects more than 300 million people worldwide. A leading cause of disability and a serious mental illness, it is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. Though feelings of sadness and mood swings at times is normal, depression is characterized by the persistent presence of such feelings. A widespread illness, it is often as physical as it is psychological. Disrupting one’s daily life, at its worst, depression can lead to suicide. Read more
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