New information, medications and technological advances are making continual improvements in health care and the field of mental health is no exception. To keep you informed of the latest developments, our writers provide blogs to keep you up to date.

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Brain cells of schizophrenia patients breakdown in a haphazard manner, finds study

Schizophrenia is one of the most devastating mental health disorders that affects 1 percent of the world’s population. A unique trait of schizophrenia that distinguishes it from other mental health disorders is the chaos and confusion in mental processing, arising from extremely fast processing of the brain. As a result, the patient loses the ability to think and speak comprehensively. Instead, there is a jumble of random thoughts and incoherent words that make little sense to anybody, except the patient himself or herself. Read more

Young PTSD victims misinterpret facial expressions, says study

A traumatic experience may ignite feelings of constant despair, fear and anxiety. People who have been victims of or witnesses to disturbing events are caught up in flashbacks and nightmares and find it extremely difficult to lead a normal life. People suffering from the aftereffects of trauma are known to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a psychological problem that exhibits itself as “fight-or-flight” response when faced with a similar situation.

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Are internet trolls sadistic personalities?

“In digital era, privacy must be a priority,” said Al Gore, an American politician and environmentalist. Truly, not everyone likes to share any of his or her secrets or personal information. However, with the advent of the social media, people have got an easy access to both public and private life of the people around them. With the rapid blurring of the line separating one’s public and private life on the internet, people have now become more conscious about what they are posting on the social media platforms. Read more

People with mood, behavioral problems need access to mental health care

Mental health illnesses have become a major concern in the United States. The National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R), the first of its kind to employ an elaborate research design to estimate Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) among a national sample of adults in the U.S. data, reported a 26.2 percent prevalence of mental illness in adults, within a 12-month period during 2001-2003. Read more

Earlier detection of Alzheimer’s disease is possible

Some neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease are developmental health issues. Infections, chronic high blood pressure, genetic traits are factors that are usually attributed to the onset and worsening of this disorder. Clinicians are witnessing the symptoms of this disorder across a big chunk of population in the country. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than five million Americans are afflicted with the disease, which is the sixth leading cause of death in America. The numbers are expected to rise in the coming years as an increasing number of Americans would find themselves on the threshold of old age. Read more

10 ways to avoid postpartum depression

Postpartum depression (PPD) can be difficult to recognize and symptoms are often mistaken for “baby blues.” Despite the similarity in the symptoms, they are more pronounced in PPD and last much longer, sometimes extending to weeks, months or even a year or longer. Some of the common symptoms of PPD include crying, irritability, disrupted sleep or excessive sleeping, eating problems (too less or too much), sadness, hopelessness or helplessness, severe anxiety, etc. Read more

Importance of good mental health–4: Doing away with bad habits

Optimal mental health is a necessity for all but for many people it becomes a distant dream. Millions of people every year in the country are afflicted with mental health conditions that severely affect the quality of their life and leave their minds scarred forever. The genesis of mental health disorders may be attributed to genetic traits, familial problems, substance abuse, social and environmental factors among many. Though medicines and therapies are immensely beneficial in treating mental disorders, by taking few simple measures in daily routine one can improve overall health and prevent the damage to the mind and body. Read more

Differences between a psychopath and a sociopath

Some of the pop psychology terms like psychopath and sociopath have been popularized through innumerable television shows and Hollywood thriller movies among the masses. As a result, the mere mention of these terms now sends shivers down the spine of all. In the absence of appropriate delineation of the above-mentioned terms, an array of misconceptions is circulating worldwide that have fueled a number of confusions around it. Read more