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Snowmobiling helps maintain sound physical and mental health, says study

Snowmobiling helps maintain sound physical and mental health, says study

Winter is that time of the year when it becomes almost impossible to stay active or indulge in enough physical workout. Due to limited mobility and other constraints owing to the weather, people tend to develop a range of negative feelings. However, researchers have come up with a solution for maintaining good mental and physical condition.

An unpublished study by the University of Guelph has found that snowmobiling can be an interesting way to maintain a balanced lifestyle by covering up the required physical time. Based on the findings, the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) announced the benefits of indulging in recreational snowmobiling. Though often underestimated, the above announcement will encourage more people to engage in snowmobiling. Read more

New approach to understand and classify mental disorders

New approach to understand and classify mental disorders

A mental health diagnosis involves several steps including medical evaluation and assessment of symptoms that is followed by recommendation of treatment plans and therapies suited to a patient’s needs. Advances in clinical science are also reflected in how mental illnesses are diagnosed and treated, however, needing a more structured approach.

While the existing diagnostic manuals for mental disorders — Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and the Research Domain Criteria (R-DoC) — are helpful and necessary for identifying and treating mental illnesses, a team of experts at the University of Notre Dame and a team of other experts emphasize modifying the outlook. In the new research published online in Psychological Science in the Public Interest on Dec. 6, 2017, the team reviewed the existing diagnostic manuals and identified the challenges involved in understanding and classifying mental health disorders. Read more

Mental health strategies for losing weight

Mental health strategies for losing weight

Weight-loss, a dreaded term around which many people devote excessive time and resources by following fad diets, joining pricey gyms and investing in complicated pedometers and other gadgets but the achievable target seems far. The simple reason behind the disappointment is that people fail to understand that losing weight not just requires physical work but mental work as well. It is impossible to lose weight until one has primed his or her brain for the same. Taking undue stress can worsen the situation and shift the focus. It can make someone over-anxious or depressed about not achieving the goal. Read more

Parental tips on talking to teens about dating and relationships

Parental tips on talking to teens about dating and relationships

Mrs. Wilson was shocked to see her teenaged daughter’s prom night pics. In every picture, she was seen standing close to a person of her age and they were mostly clicked while drinking and smoking. Wilson was expecting her daughter to visit during the holidays and talk to her about her dating life, but when the moment came, she could not bring herself to broach the subject. Read more

Social media propagates feeling of isolation and disconnectedness

Social media propagates feeling of isolation and disconnectedness

Social media has taken the world by storm in the last decade. People use it for professional networking as well as to stay connected with friends and family. Some of the popular sites, such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, have been joined by millions who share pictures and videos with their community and upload memories of their vacations and achievements. Read more

Cost-effective medication for treating ADHD

Cost-effective medication for treating ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder that includes symptoms like lack of concentration, forgetfulness, hyperactivity and the inability to complete any task, all that can create unwanted behaviour among school-going children as well as working adults. Treatment through medication can help reduce such symptoms though the procedure can vary from one individual to another as the same medication may not work for all. Some of the common medications that are used for the treatment of ADHD include stimulants like amphetamines, methamphetamine, methylphenidate and non-stimulants like atomoxetine (Strattera), clonidine and guanfacine. Read more

Things to avoid when confronting someone with an eating disorder

Things to avoid when confronting someone with an eating disorder

Improper eating habits can often give rise to eating disorders. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), nearly 20 million women and 10 million men in the U.S. are expected to struggle with an eating disorder in their lifetime. Many eating disorders surface during childhood but an increasing number of teens and young adults are being diagnosed with the illness. Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that are treatable. However, an absence of treatment can cause a number of health complications and even suicide. Read more

Tips to restore mental health after breast cancer diagnosis

Tips to restore mental health after breast cancer diagnosis

After skin cancer, breast cancer is the second most common cancer in the U.S. It is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women, as reported by the American Cancer Society. It is estimated that 252, 710 women will be diagnosed with it by the end of 2017. It can be even more devastating for women with no known risk factors or without the family history. Such women may suffer from acute anxiety and depression experiencing a dip in their self-esteem, and a tough time managing relationships and finances. Consequently, it is important for them to look after their mental health so that they can navigate through the treatment and focus on future goals. Read more

Learning how to navigate smoothly through mid-life crisis

Learning how to navigate smoothly through mid-life crisis

Men and women experience mid-life crisis when they realize that time is ticking away and a lot of milestones need to be achieved. There is a dawning realization about life’s unpredictability, which may result in a sense of hopelessness, worthlessness and excessive worry or fear. This can also have an impact on relationships, work productivity and self-confidence. Some of the triggers of such a crisis could be: Read more