National Safety Month: Employees' mental well-being ignored at workplace

National Safety Month: Employees’ mental well-being ignored at workplace

Mental illnesses have devastating effects not only on an individual’s personal life but, also on his/her professional life. These illnesses are one of the most rapidly growing health concerns in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), approximately 43.8 million adults in the U.S. experience some form of mental illness in a given year.

While a combination of genetic, environmental and emotional factors can trigger a mental illness in an individual, these are often prompted by workplace pressure, discrimination, harassment and violence. Therefore, it is important for a person to learn how to manage the causes to continue leading a healthy life. 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 Women’s Health Week: Female artists who have mastered the art of tackling mental problems

National Women’s Health Week: Female artists who have mastered the art of tackling mental problems

Artworks are a creative representation of one’s thought process and are used to express how one feels, his/her state of mind, how he/she perceives the world, etc. Art nowadays is not just a piece of creativity that is exhibited to gather public attention; instead, it is now being used to serve numerous other purposes. One of these purposes is treating and creating awareness about mental illnesses and mental disorders. Read more

CBT an early treatment option for children with PTSD, says study

CBT an early treatment option for children with PTSD, says study

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common mental illness that affects an increasing number of people across the United States. However, many of them decide to stay untreated due to lack of awareness about the disorder. Now, preliminary support for acceptability of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) has been found by researchers as an early treatment option for children and adolescents suffering from PTSD.

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Sexual crimes against female veterans results inPTSD

Sexual crimes against female veterans results inPTSD

To be a part of the American army is a matter of pride for most. Unfortunately, the same may not hold true for women who play an equally important role in the U.S. military.

The past couple of years has witnessed an increase in crimes against women, specifically related to sexual assault, in the U.S. military. A fact sheet by the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) states that one in five women and one in 100 men have admitted to been victims of military sexual trauma (MST). The figures exhibit statistics of only those who have chosen to come forward. Many still bear the burden in silence, fearing loss of employment and could be working with their abusers. Read more