Mental health of Americans worsening, reveals MHA report

Mental health of Americans worsening, reveals MHA report

Mental health refers to a person’s emotional, cognitive and psychological well-being. It influences the way a person thinks, acts and feels. A person with sound mental health is less likely to feel stressed. Chances are high that he/she will remain happy even in the face of adversaries compared to someone suffering from a mental health problem. Individuals with mental peace will be able to attain success at work, harmony in relationships and more importantly, self-confidence. In contrast, someone who has an unattended mental health problem will often be at war with himself/herself and remain discordant with the surroundings. Read more

Creative genius or mentally imbalanced

Creative genius or mentally imbalanced

Artist Vincent Van Gogh, poet Sylvia Plath, novelist David Foster and composer Ludwig Van Beethoven had two things in common – an ability to create something unique, and their mental illnesses. Scientist Kay Redfield Jamison talks about this link between creative genius and mood disorders in her book “Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament.” Jamison, through examples of actors, artists, writers, musicians and poets studies this correlation between artistic temperament and mental illnesses like bipolar disorders (BD). Read more

CBT changes brain's wiring: Study

CBT changes brain’s wiring: Study

Though effective in treating anxiety and depression, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is also useful in treating other emotional and physical disorders. While talk therapies are only offered as a secondary treatment to those dealing with psychotic conditions, it seems like talking to your therapist can literally rewire your brain. The study findings were published in the journal Translational Psychiatry. Read more

Kanye West hospitalized for exhaustion and sleep deprivation

Kanye West hospitalized for exhaustion and sleep deprivation

A good sleep is very important for a person’s mental and physical well-being. Sleep deprivation can increase a person’s risk to develop various health problems. One such case is of rapper Kanye West (39) who was reportedly admitted to UCLA Medical Center on November 21, 2016, to get treated for exhaustion and stress. The singer was admitted after a disturbance call from his residence. A leading cause of West’s exhaustion could be sleep deprivation due to his busy schedule, say reports. Read more

Happiness happens, part 3: Generosity proves rewarding to the giver

Happiness happens, part 3: Generosity proves rewarding to the giver

“Obviously, you would give your life for your children, or give them the last biscuit on the plate. But to me, the trick in life is to take that sense of generosity between kin, make it apply to the extended family and to your neighbor, your village and beyond.” – Tom Stoppard

What exactly makes generosity so valuable? How can giving to other people be considered a “trick in life”? According to a book published in 2014, generosity just might hold the ever-elusive key to happiness.

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Shining light on postpartum depression: symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

Shining light on postpartum depression: symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

The postpartum period begins immediately after the birth of a child and extends for approximately six weeks thereafter. The majority of women experience some type of mood disturbance during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. The majority of these mood disturbances are benign and resolve on their own. However, the postpartum period is the most vulnerable time for a woman to develop psychiatric illness with postpartum depression, which occurs in 10 to 15 percent of women in the general population (“Postpartum Major Depression” American Academy of Family Practice, Hirst M.D., October 2010)
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