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

Frequent business travel bad for mental health, says study

Frequent business travel bad for mental health, says study

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

Study reveals widespread ignorance about causes of mental illness

Study reveals widespread ignorance about causes of mental illness

“The most violent element in society is ignorance.” – Emma Goldman

It is believed that ignorance is the root of all violence, misbelief and agony. Even a person with mental illness believes that he/she is being punished by God for having bad character or evil actions. The society is still prejudiced against people with mental health problems and do not take the associated complications seriously. Read more

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Young adults and the mentally ill prone to committing suicide, finds study

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Young adults and the mentally ill prone to committing suicide, finds study

The “National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month” is being observed across the country. A study published online in the journal JAMA Psychiatry in September 2017, stresses on the imminent need to ramp up efforts in alleviating suicidal tendencies in vulnerable communities. In the study titled “National Trends in Suicide Attempts Among Adults in the United States,” researchers have suggested the need to observe the prevailing suicide trends among young adults. Read more

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month: Addressing stigma of mental illness in minority communities

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month: Addressing stigma of mental illness in minority communities

Some of the most serious and enfeebling diseases stem from disorders of the mind. Various federal agencies report the high prevalence of mental health problems in the United States. While mentally ill people frequently cite skyrocketing expenses and lack of insurance as common reasons that prohibit them from seeking necessary professional care, factors such as fear of stigma or being subject to discrimination are also possible considerations that coerce some to discard the idea of looking for adequate medical interventions. Read more

Culture and its effect on one’s mental health

Culture and its effect on one’s mental health

Mental health refers to the state of an individual’s emotional, psychological and social well-being. When someone develops some or the other form of mental disorder which affects the way he or she thinks, acts or feels it usually indicates poor mental health. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), mental illnesses affect an individual’s ability to relate to others and function effectively on a daily basis. Read more

8 subtle signs of bipolar disorder

8 subtle signs of bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder (BD), also known as manic-depressive illness, is a serious mental health condition that makes an individual experience unusual shift in mood, ranging from episodes of high-energy to episodes of moderate to severe depression.

The symptoms of BD, including sadness, low energy and inability to sleep properly, are often confused with symptoms of other mental health conditions, like depression and anxiety. This delays detection and treatment, thus aggravating the condition. Therefore, in order to help one recognize the symptoms of BD, here are a few subtle signs that one can look out for. Read more

International Day of Yoga: 5 benefits of yoga on mental health

International Day of Yoga: 5 benefits of yoga on mental health

With its origin in ancient India, yoga has been benefitting the masses in various parts of the world. Practicing it not only improves an individual’s physical strength and flexibility, but it also helps in getting relief from pain, in ensuring desired weight loss, and managing chronic illnesses. The practice of yoga involves a mix of body postures and breathing techniques that help one attain a balance between the person’s body and mind. Read more