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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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
There is no denying the fact that “laughter is the best medicine.” Interestingly, this old proverb is being aptly used as an inspiration by many improvisational/improv comedy teachers to help individuals dealing with mental illness like anxiety and depression to feel better and lead a healthy life. The unique performance-based methods like improv comedy enhances the level of conscious awareness of a person by involving him or her in a spontaneous performance. Read more
Mental illnesses are often ignored and neglected due to which there is a chance of them being left undiagnosed or untreated. As a result, the incidence of mental disorder is not only on the rise in adults, but is prevalent in children as well. While depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental disorders in adults, experts have recorded a spike in the occurrence of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Read more
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