Good mental health is indispensable for a person’s overall health. Compared to others, emotionally healthy individuals exercise a greater degree of control over their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Having a resilient mental health does not mean that a person would never experience emotional problems or mental illnesses. Oftentimes, it is a person’s positive attitude toward deciding factors in life that motivates him or her to get up when the going gets tough, especially during disappointments, setbacks, losses and other changes. Read more
What can be a more appropriate quote than “All that glitter is not gold” in order to describe the glitz and glamor of the fashion industry? The sheen of the glamor industry often entices one to step in the shoes of designers and models. The elegant dresses, models and the multiple layers of makeup often hide the increased stress and tension prevailing in the fashion industry. Read more
The field of mental health care is riddled with various challenges, the primary being those associated with access and costs. Statistics from an earlier report by the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that there are only 7.79 psychiatrists for every 100,000 people in the United States. Added to this is the fact that they are not paid in proportion to the services they offer. Dr. Linda Girgis, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., feels that this is the reason why psychiatrists are either closing shop or are accepting cash payments only, a mode of payment many people are not comfortable with. Read more
In a bid to counter the multi-layered challenges of providing easily accessible mental health care services to the public, a seemingly effective approach has been adopted by a number of states in the United States. The aim is to provide free, quick and anonymous mental health screening. The innovative idea of mental health screening through kiosks would enable a wider reach to people with mental disorders, especially those in areas where there are lesser professional mental health care service providers. The kiosk can help destigmatize mental illnesses that prevent people from seeking professional help. Read more
Currently, the American military has over 2.5 million serving personnel either on an active duty, in the Reserves, or in the National Guard, as well as over 20 million civilians are apparently veterans. Joining the military and choosing to serve one’s country is a decision that encompasses the risk of injury and death, especially during the times of war.
During combat, people not only witness injuries and other fatalities due to enemy fire, accidents and other war-related events but also face other less understood and less expected, such as trauma, self-inflicted injuries and suicide. According to data published in USA Today, 265 active duty service members committed suicide in 2015. Read more
Dating, for some people, can be a fun experience. However, for some, it can be stressful, especially during the initial days when two people invest time and efforts in getting to know each other. Once the initial chemistry develops, the partners start sharing more about each other with respect to their backgrounds, values, political beliefs, goals and so on. During this getting-to-know-each-other phase, what if one of the partners reveals that he or she is struggling with a mental problem? While this might overwhelm the other person and the revelation could become a dealbreaker, one should always remember that mental problems are of various types and anyone could be affected by them. This, however, doesn’t mean that a mentally distressed person is unfit as a potential match. Read more
Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan School) have, through an anonymous web-based survey, examined mental health issues affecting commercial airline pilots. The findings, published in the journal Environmental Health in December 2016, show that nearly one in seven pilots suffers from depression. Researchers were prompted to reassess mental health issues among pilots following the premeditated crash of a Germanwings flight in the French Alps which killed 150 people in March 2015. The ill-fated aircraft’s co-pilot suffered from clinical depression and undetected suicide attempts and kept it hidden from his employer. Read more
Neurodegenerative disease is a broad term referring to a range of mental disorders that primarily affect the neurons found in the brain. Unfortunately, any damage done to the neurons cannot be replaced, and this is the reason why most neurodegenerative diseases are incurable, leading to progressive degeneration of the nerve cells.
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
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
News on Mental Health
- Mental health physicians highlight most effective therapies for seniors October 10, 2019
- A study reveals synthetic psychedelic 5-MeO-DMT improves anxiety and depression July 29, 2019
- Twitter issues new rules to guard users from online trolls June 13, 2018
- High level of NRG3 can increase risk of schizophrenia, finds study May 7, 2018