Unique horse-assisted therapy may help veterans cope with PTSD, says study

Unique horse-assisted therapy may help veterans cope with PTSD, says study

As per the National Center for PTSD, 11 to 20 percent veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In case of the Gulf War, PTSD strikes 12 percent of veterans in a given year. An estimated 30 percent of Vietnam War veterans suffer from PTSD at some point in their lifetime.

Data published by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in August 2016 shows that in 2014, an average of 20 veterans committed suicide every day. An alarming 65 percent of suicides was among middle-aged and older veterans. Although veterans comprised 8.5 percent of the American population aged 18 and above, they accounted for 18 percent of all suicide deaths among U.S. adults in 2014. Read more

Common reasons why people don’t seek mental health treatment

Common reasons why people don’t seek mental health treatment

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), only about half of the population suffering from major depression is able to receive treatment. Such a shocking revelation highlight the severity of the condition and major gaps in the overall mental health treatment. Read more

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

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

Nutritious food essential for uplifting mood

Nutritious food essential for uplifting mood

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

While most people know that food is directly related to their physical health, many now also believe that food is an integral part of mental health too. Due to the round-the-clock functioning of the brain, it becomes essential to nourish it by constantly supplying the fuel in the form of nutritious food, which directly affects the overall structure and working of the brain. In fact, nutrition can be a very important factor in the onset of mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, according to a study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). 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

New mental illnesses–1: Hypersex disorder

New mental illnesses–1: Hypersex disorder

People with mental illnesses often fade away or recede from the public spaces as those around them quite frequently fail to distinguish such life-threatening disorders from behavioral problems. Consequently, mental illnesses often go undetected due to lack of knowledge of what that individual might be going through. Read more