Unique horse-assisted therapy may help veterans cope with PTSD, says study

Unique horse-assisted therapy may help veterans cope with PTSD, says study

As per the National Center for PTSD, 11 to 20 percent veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In case of the Gulf War, PTSD strikes 12 percent of veterans in a given year. An estimated 30 percent of Vietnam War veterans suffer from PTSD at some point in their lifetime.

Data published by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in August 2016 shows that in 2014, an average of 20 veterans committed suicide every day. An alarming 65 percent of suicides was among middle-aged and older veterans. Although veterans comprised 8.5 percent of the American population aged 18 and above, they accounted for 18 percent of all suicide deaths among U.S. adults in 2014. Read more

Famous personalitieswith mental illness – 1: Schizophrenia

Famous personalitieswith mental illness – 1: Schizophrenia

The Machiavellian nature of some mental illnesses makes it more difficult for them to be detected and treated. Mental health problems debilitate normal way of living by affecting the way people think, feel and act. One such mental disorder that affects people to the extent that they lose touch with reality is schizophrenia. This grave and chronic mental disorder can be very disabling. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the illness characterized by disturbances in thinking, emotions and behavior, affects more than 21 million people worldwide.

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Children of older mothers at high risk of developing autism

Children of older mothers at high risk of developing autism

Autism is a congenital disorder characterized by symptoms, such as repetitive behaviors, difficulties in social interaction, challenges in verbal and nonverbal communication, etc. According to a 2014 data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 68 children in the United States suffered from autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Read more

Young PTSD victims misinterpret facial expressions

Young PTSD victims misinterpret facial expressions

Uncontained anxiety and flashbacks are common after one has gone through a harrowing experience. Clinicians often diagnose people suffering from the aftereffects of trauma with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a psychological problem that exhibits itself as “fight-or-flight” response when faced with such a situation.

A group of researchers from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University (NYU) has found that adolescents showing signs of PTSD are at a greater likelihood of misunderstanding sad and angry facial expressions as fearful. The scientists in their study revealed how teenagers with signs of conduct disorder are more likely to misconstrue sad facial gestures as angry. Read more