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

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

Mental Health Month: Common phrases that fuel mental health stigma

Mental Health Month: Common phrases that fuel mental health stigma

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

Denial of suicidal intent behind self-inflicted injury can be barrier to mental health treatment

Denial of suicidal intent behind self-inflicted injury can be barrier to mental health treatment

Of the major roadblocks confronting mental health treatment, one of the prominent problems identified by a recent study is the outright denial of a suicide attempt by patients of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Highlighting the clinical attributes of the patients coming to hospitals for self-inflicted injuries, the study indicated that the symptoms of mental disorders can be identified in such people through psychiatric consultation. Since the nondisclosure of a suicidal attempt increased the chance of being discharged from hospital by 10.86 times compared to others, it becomes difficult to diagnose psychiatric disorders on time. Read more

Acceptance without judgment helps manage self-injury in borderline personality disorder, says study

Acceptance without judgment helps manage self-injury in borderline personality disorder, says study

Borderline personality disorder (BPD), a mental illness characterized by a pattern of shifting mood swings, self-image and behavior, is also associated with an increased rate of self-harm and suicidal ideations. People struggling with BPD engage in self-injury behaviors to alleviate the intense psychological distress that they feel. However, according to a recent study, published in the journal Behavioral Research and Therapy in March 2018, acceptance without judgment, one of the four key mindfulness components of Dialectical Behavior Therapy group skills training (DBT–ST), led to a reduction in the incidents of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) in such patients. Read more

How these 5 Hollywood personalities handled OCD

How these 5 Hollywood personalities handled OCD

Mental problems are pervasive and can afflict anyone, irrespective of age, race or social status. One such condition is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), more common than one can think of. People suffering from OCD have reoccurring and uncontrollable thoughts, obsessions and behaviors with an urge to indulge in them repeatedly. In recent years, many renowned personalities from all occupations have confessed to suffering from OCD. Here, we will discuss about five Hollywood actors/singers who grappled with OCD and how they handled it in their lives. Read more

Remote patient monitoring may help device personalized treatment for schizophrenia, says study

Remote patient monitoring may help device personalized treatment for schizophrenia, says study

Advancements in technology and medical science have helped scientists come up with treatment and intervention for various physical and mental illnesses. However, the saddest part is that modern research methods are yet to provide a complete and reliable treatment for some debilitating mental health problems like schizophrenia. Diagnosis of this emotional disorder, till date, is mostly dependent on traditional ways of evaluation – samples of behavior and symptoms as recorded in clinical settings or details provided by patients. Advanced technology has led to the emergence of mobile health devices (mHealth devices) that help in collecting necessary data and sending them to clinicians. The collected details help clinicians understand if the health plan charted by them is delivering necessary results after which they can make adjustments to avoid any adverse outcomes in future. Read more

NBA player Kevin Love comes out in open about his mental problem

NBA player Kevin Love comes out in open about his mental problem

After grappling with mental disorder in silence for several years, National Basketball Association (NBA) player Kevin Love has disclosed about his struggles with panic attacks. In an essay for The Player’s Tribune, Love gave a detailed account of his panic attack during a game this season and shared that for most part of his life, he was afraid to admit if something was wrong with him. “For 29 years, I thought about mental health as someone else’s problem,” wrote the five-time All-Star in his essay. Read more

Fearne Cotton on secretly battling depression and feeling anxious at events

Fearne Cotton on secretly battling depression and feeling anxious at events

An eternal optimist, a happy-go-lucky star and a successful radio presenter-turned-author, Fearne Cotton, has had the best of life. But no matter what the world saw on the outside, on the inside, she struggled with depression. In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Cotton revealed her struggles with mental disorder, putting on a fake smile and going to work while crying and feeling numb on the inside. The mother of two admitted that while she became overly sensitive and thought too much about everything, she took her mental illness to be somewhat of a normal 20-something moment. But slowly, the spark inside her began to extinguish. Read more