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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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

Instagram pictures can reveal a lot about mental health, study finds

Instagram pictures can reveal a lot about mental health, study finds

Can an analysis of colors provide vital clues about a person’s mental health? The answer may be in the affirmative as per findings of a new study listed in arXiv.org, Cornell University’s open access website for findings before they are published formally, on Aug.13, 2016.

In the study, the researchers created a computer algorithm to analyze Instagram posts of 166 individual users. The algorithm was designed to extract statistical information from 43,950 photos by analyzing their color and brightness, use of Instagram filters, number of faces in each photo and metadata including number of comments or likes. Read more

Distinguishing similar mental disorders: BD and BPD

Distinguishing similar mental disorders: BD and BPD

Mood swings are a natural part of human beings. A mood swing is characterized by rapid changes in emotional state. It is common and natural for people to feel happy some times and sad at other times. However, if an individual shows signs of frequent shifts in his mood, he might be suffering from a psychological or mental health condition and might need a medical attention. Read more

Love Matters: Marriage and mental illness in sickness and in health

Love Matters: Marriage and mental illness in sickness and in health

When two people marry, they sign up for late night arguments, unexpected illnesses and difficult decisions. They also sign up for comforting embraces, inside jokes and unconditional, nurturing love despite all of these challenges.

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Love Matters: How to love someone with depression

Love Matters: How to love someone with depression

Living with depression isn’t easy, so it should come as no surprise that loving someone with depression presents its own unique challenges. Here are five ways to love someone who has depression.

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Love Matters: Dating with mental illness

Love Matters: Dating with mental illness

When people experience frightening mental symptoms, dark thoughts and low motivation, it can be tempting to stay inside all day, shirking responsibilities and postponing friendships. Years of research, however, suggests that social support is an essential part of recovery from mental illness.

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Blended Families: Stepsibling rivalry

Blended Families: Stepsibling rivalry

Sept. 16, 2015, marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families.

Many people have heard of the term sibling rivalry. But what about stepsibling rivalry?

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Blended Families: Marrying into family with mental illness

Blended Families: Marrying into family with mental illness

Sept. 16, 2015, marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families.

Numerous challenges are associated with being a new stepparent. Some stepparents have an additional challenge: A member of their new family is mentally ill. This family member could be a stepchild or the new partner’s sibling.

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Blended Families: Dealing with insecurity as a stepparent

Blended Families: Dealing with insecurity as a stepparent

Sept. 16, 2015, marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families.

Parenting isn’t always easy, but living as a stepparent can provide its own unique set of challenges. Stepparents often feel like outsiders, unsure of how they fit in within the more traditional family unit.

Here are some helpful tips for dealing with insecurity as a stepparent.

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