Importance of good mental health–4: Doing away with bad habits

Importance of good mental health–4: Doing away with bad habits

Optimal mental health is a necessity for all but for many people it becomes a distant dream. Millions of people every year in the country are afflicted with mental health conditions that severely affect the quality of their life and leave their minds scarred forever. The genesis of mental health disorders may be attributed to genetic traits, familial problems, substance abuse, social and environmental factors among many. Though medicines and therapies are immensely beneficial in treating mental disorders, by taking few simple measures in daily routine one can improve overall health and prevent the damage to the mind and body. Read more

Importance of good mental health–3: Healthy gut bacteria

Importance of good mental health–3: Healthy gut bacteria

Most people are always on the lookout for the perfect diet plans that can help them attain a balance between a healthy body and mind. Nevertheless, trying out ideas advised by therapists, friends or those available online may not always have the desired effects. Sometimes, it may lead to complications.  Read more

Differences between a psychopath and a sociopath

Differences between a psychopath and a sociopath

Some of the pop psychology terms like psychopath and sociopath have been popularized through innumerable television shows and Hollywood thriller movies among the masses. As a result, the mere mention of these terms now sends shivers down the spine of all. In the absence of appropriate delineation of the above-mentioned terms, an array of misconceptions is circulating worldwide that have fueled a number of confusions around it. Read more

Importance of good mental health–2: Beautiful skin

Importance of good mental health–2: Beautiful skin

A healthy skin is an indication of a healthy body that results from an adequate and nutritional diet and proper brain functioning. But scientists also stress on the effects of good mental health on skin quality. While many kinds of mental health problems are known to co-occur with physical diseases, a study titled “Chronology of Onset of Mental Disorders and Physical Diseases in Mental-Physical Comorbidity – A National Representative Survey of Adolescents” suggested how extreme anxiousness can manifest itself in the form of skin disorders. Read more

Importance of good mental health–1: Key to happiness

Importance of good mental health–1: Key to happiness

Money can surely make the world go round but it can’t buy someone happiness. While earning money is the foremost priority for most, what gets lost in the grind of everyday life is the need to designate equal level of importance to health. The kind of reasons that psychologists attribute to failing mental health of their patients forces one to relook at other factors that impact the quality of life more than the way money does. Read more

National Mental Health Awareness Month: Need for therapy for caregivers of mental disorder patients

National Mental Health Awareness Month: Need for therapy for caregivers of mental disorder patients

Taking care of someone with a serious mental health condition is a challenging job. Looking after a patient, especially for a longer term can lead to drastic effects on the life of a caregiver. At times, even caregivers are gripped by stress and anxiety, which can put their personal well-being at stake. Psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are characterized by mood swings, phases of mania and depression, and delusions, which can be extremely disruptive and can affect the personal and social life of an individual. Research has shown that caregiving for schizophrenia patients puts a high burden on the caregiver, probably due to the stigma attached to the disease, which results in fewer support groups. Read more

Reduction of dissociation level helps improve treatment response in depression and anxiety

Reduction of dissociation level helps improve treatment response in depression and anxiety

Treating depression or anxiety can become difficult at times due to the complex nature of the problem and the mental health of the patient. A recent study has suggested that treating feelings of detachment may help increase the overall treatment response in case of depressed people. The study, titled “Impact of dissociation on treatment of depressive and anxiety spectrum disorders with and without personality disorders,” aimed to examine the effect of dissociation on the effectiveness of treatment process in patients suffering from anxiety/neurotic spectrum and depression. Read more

Music elevates mood and reduces mental illness risk

Music elevates mood and reduces mental illness risk

“Everybody has that point in their life where you hit a crossroads and you’ve had a bunch of bad days and there’s different ways you can deal with it and the way I dealt with it was I just turned completely to music.”

― Taylor Swift Read more

Can virtual reality be effective in treating mental health conditions?

Can virtual reality be effective in treating mental health conditions?

Most of us are familiar with virtual reality (VR) due to the increasingly popular audio and visual games that require the user to wear VR goggles. This includes a headset display, stereo sound and head motion tracking to provide an immersive experience. Though VR has been around for decades, it is only recently that its potential as a treatment for mental health disorders is being assessed and acknowledged. Besides being an innovative technological achievement, VR can also play a crucial role in addressing the various challenges of mental disorders. Read more

Famous personalities with mental illness – 3: ADHD

Famous personalities with mental illness – 3: ADHD

The most common mental health problem diagnosed during childhood is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Symptoms of this disorder include hyperactivity, uncontrollable impulses and inability to focus. Children afflicted with this disorder find it hard to concentrate, thus, resulting in constant disruption in their activities pertaining to school and personal lives.

Though nothing is much known about how the disorder outcomes may be influenced by gender, boys are more affected than girls. The symptoms of the disease can be carried into childhood as well. Adults suffering from ADHD find it difficult to pay attention and are not able to manage time in accordance with the plan, work in an organized fashion, establish goals for themselves or perform well in jobs. Because of these problems, such people fail to retain relationships, have low self-esteem and tend to get hooked to some addictive substance to alleviate the symptoms. Read more