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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Severe psychological disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder (MDD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), are pervasive across the United States. Patients with these disorders suffer both psychologically and physically. However, treatment for these severities is a big challenge due to the limited understanding of the underlying pathological mechanisms. Read more
War is bad, undoubtedly, and the aftermath of the bloodshed, devastation and destruction is difficult to bear for everyone. No wonder then that the bravery of army soldiers is greatly lauded as they experience such mayhem and go on with their daily lives. But at the end of the day, they are like any other human being. This makes them vulnerable for serious mental disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Hence, authorities took stock of the situation and decided to provide adequate mental health facilities and recovery program for the armed force personnel. Read more
The United States has witnessed a steady rise in the number of mass school lately. Since 1999 when the Columbine High School massacre took place, a string of other mass school shootings followed suit. In fact, over 150,000 students, attending at least 170 primary or secondary schools in the United States, have experienced a shooting on campus since the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. These statistics does not include undocumented suicides, accidents, etc. due to the exposure to an incident as horrific as mass shooting. Read more
Millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions every year. It is a common occurrence in the American population. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) says that one out of every six American adults lives with a mental illness. According to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 44.7 million adults were afflicted with mental illness in the past year, representing around 18.3 percent of the adult population aged 18 or older. Moreover, an estimated 10.4 million adults had severe psychological distress in the past year. Read more
First responders are the most vulnerable to stress and trauma related disorders as they witness atrocious incidents and natural calamities, and are entrusted with the greatest responsibility of saving lives. The effect of witnessing terrible rescue operations can overwhelm their mind. They may experience emotional trauma that may leave them reliving horrific scenes repeatedly. They may remain in a state of shock, denial and anguish for days and months as they try to make sense out of the whole episode. They who put their lives in the line of fire every day to protect the community and undergo life-threatening situations. Read more
Teen dating violence (TDV) has emerged as one of the rapidly growing social and health problems among adolescents. Defined as a pattern of abuse or threat — physical, sexual or verbal — used against a dating partner among teenagers, TDV can affect adolescents from different cultures and groups. Read more