Are image editing apps fueling body dysmorphic disorder?

Are image editing apps fueling body dysmorphic disorder?

At times, the way people present themselves on various social media platforms can be an inspiration drawn from their favorite characters in fairytales, which always have a happy ending. In these tales, the characters need just a sip of the magic potion or a wave of the magic wand to achieve the desired looks. In digital context, that magic potion would be image editing apps that help make videos and photos look fairytale-like.

These apps help people put the best foot (face) forward and appear presentable in the digital world. It is like a daily make up for the social media personality. But what happens when one does not want to step out without this make up? How unhealthy are these apps and are they fueling body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) in a person suffering from body image and self-esteem issues? Read more

Unheard mental disorders

Unheard mental disorders

Mental illnesses continue to be controversial in the society not only because of the taboos attached to them but also due to the lack of knowledge. Any individual behaving in a manner that is not as per the societal norms is often wrongly categorized as mentally ill. Read more

New mental illnesses - 4: Post-traumatic stress disorder in preschoolers

New mental illnesses – 4: Post-traumatic stress disorder in preschoolers

Just a few decades back, one hardly knew about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in preschool children. However, PTSD in preschool children has emerged as a growing cause of concern now. Additionally, people are now aware that any trauma and maltreatment can cause PTSD among children with an evolving mind. Read more

Creative art therapy helps in relieving stress

Creative art therapy helps in relieving stress

Life is unpredictable with its share of disappointments, joys, worries, challenges and triumphs. It can be smooth sailing at times and rough at other moments. Stress is a part of our everyday life now. It slips in quietly and can begin hampering our everyday living. It is the underlying factor in most cases of depression and can be difficult to manage for both the affected person and his family. However, it can now be kicked to the curb, so claims science. Read more

Identifying risk factors of ADHD

Identifying risk factors of ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by inattention and/or hyperactive or impulsive behavior which impedes the normal functioning or development of an individual. The disorder is prevalent in children aged 6-12 years, but can also continue into adulthood. Read more

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day: Suicide has become an irreversible solution to an interim problem

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day: Suicide has become an irreversible solution to an interim problem

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), more than 41,000 people die by committing suicide every year in the United States. While suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2014, an estimated 10,189 older Americans (ages 60 and up) died from suicide in 2013, stated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more

Is maladaptive daydreaming a psychiatric disorder?

Is maladaptive daydreaming a psychiatric disorder?

Whether at work, in the middle of a boring lecture or while traveling, one often finds one’s mind wandering into a world of its own. Lost in their own thoughts, people end up imagining, exploring, fantasizing and creating a world distinct from reality. This is commonly known as daydreaming. While some studies regard daydreaming as a sign of a strong memory, another segment of researchers have concentrated on getting to know the darker side of the phenomenon. Read more

Effect of financial status on mental health

Effect of financial status on mental health

As the saying goes “health is wealth”, it is only good health that stays with an individual in both good and bad situations of life. However, many times, the opposite is also true, which implies that the financial status of a person has a direct impact on an individual’s physical and mental health. People who are financially secure are generally satisfied in their social and interpersonal relationships, which eventually provides them with emotional, physical and psychological well-being. Read more

Disasters like hurricane Matthew can lead to PTSD, depression, other mental disorders

Disasters like hurricane Matthew can lead to PTSD, depression, other mental disorders

As the “big bad beast,” hurricane Matthew, pounds the coastal Florida after devastating neighboring island nations, including Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas, the state has already started preparing itself for the long-term impact of the catastrophe. Said to be one of the biggest storms in a century, Matthew – a category 3 hurricane with winds blowing at up to 120 mph – lashed the central coast of Florida early morning on October 7. Read more

Depression affects employees’ intellectual functioning; how to avoid it at workplace

Depression affects employees’ intellectual functioning; how to avoid it at workplace

Is keeping busy an antidote to depression? Yes, it is generally said. But it might not be true always. According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, every year depression afflicts over 19 million Americans between the ages of 25 and 44, the most productive years in an adult’s life. Further, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) says that major depression accounted for 3.7 percent of all U.S. disability-adjusted life years. Read more