‘I’m A Celebrity 2017’ campmates reveal their fears and phobias

‘I’m A Celebrity 2017’ campmates reveal their fears and phobias

Specific phobias, an extreme, irrational fear of something that poses little or no real danger, come in a variety of forms. Some common specific phobias include fear of closed-in places, height, insects, water, flying and injuries involving blood. Known to affect an estimated 19.2 million adult Americans, such fears are twice as common in women as men. Though usually avoided by those who dread such objects, specific phobias can affect one’s personal and professional life. Read more

Ways to overcome panic attacks in sleep

Ways to overcome panic attacks in sleep

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

Researchers explore benefits of light therapy in treating bipolar depression

Researchers explore benefits of light therapy in treating bipolar depression

Bipolar disorder is one of the brain disorders characterized by unusual shifts in mood, usually categorized into depressive and manic phases. The manic episodes are characterized by unrestrained behavior, highly irritable mood, excessive talkativeness, lack of sleep, racing thoughts and slurred speech. The depressing episodes can be identified by feelings of hopelessness, despair and lethargy along with change in appetite, social withdrawal, loss of concentration and suicidal thoughts. Read more

John Green shares details about his OCD problems

John Green shares details about his OCD problems

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can debilitate one’s life. Its symptoms include exhibition of compulsive behavior, constant agitation, unnecessary repetition of same task and tendency to be isolated even in social settings. While the disorder proves to be a disturbing factor in the lives of many, there are some who have expressed their tumultuous feelings and ordeal in their writings. The words that flow out of those authors’ pens reveal the pain and anxiety that OCD patients struggle with each day, while the characters they carve out in their fictions behave just the way they feel and conduct themselves. Read more

Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain reveals her struggle with panic disorder

Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain reveals her struggle with panic disorder

Past research has still not been able to clearly identify a concrete reason for panic attacks. Experts say that frequent episodes of panic attacks can result in the development of a panic disorder, if left untreated. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), panic disorder affects roughly 2.7 percent of the American population. The ADAA also reports that women are two times more likely to be affected by a panic disorder than men. Read more

Strong ethno-cultural identity, land connection help lower mental disorders, finds study

Strong ethno-cultural identity, land connection help lower mental disorders, finds study

There is not much information available about why people of some communities are more affected by mental disorders than others. Now, a group of researchers examining the mental health condition of various Aboriginal communities has suggested how possessing a strong sense of ethno-cultural identity and a connection to the land can help in maintaining positive emotional health.

For the study titled “Mental Health Perceptions and Practices of a Cree Community in Northern Ontario: A Qualitative Study,” the researchers observed the functioning of members of the Cree community to understand factors responsible for low rates of mental illnesses, such as depression and suicide, and utilization of psychiatric services despite being victims of natural disasters and consequent relocation to other areas. 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

National Public Health Week: States need to work on services for mental illnesses

National Public Health Week: States need to work on services for mental illnesses

Various agencies, including the state and the federal governments, are doing their bit in managing the health issues of the people. Today, mental health problems and substance use disorders are a major health concern in the United States. While most states are suffering from one or the other behavioral condition, Oklahoma ranks third among all the states in the U.S. when it comes to mental disorders and second for problems pertaining to illicit drug abuse, according to the United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings report, released in December 2016.
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