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

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

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

New mental illnesses - 3: Binge eating disorder

New mental illnesses – 3: Binge eating disorder

Binge eating disorder (BED) is characterized by eating large amounts of food within a comparatively shorter time span. Food consumption in BED is not fueled by hunger but by an uncontrollable urge to eat until one is uncomfortably full. It is different from other eating disorders as it is usually not associated with purging. 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-2: Premenstrual dysphoric disorder

New mental illnesses-2: Premenstrual dysphoric disorder

Women of reproductive age might have physical, cognitive and emotional discomforts related to their menstruation periods that may significantly hamper their day-to-day functioning of life. Such problems related to menstrual cycles can give rise to premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) in which a woman can suffer from depression and mood disturbances. PMDD is, in fact, a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) when a woman has serious physical and emotional changes before the start of her periods. Read more

Wandering thoughts may help in better diagnosis of mental health

Wandering thoughts may help in better diagnosis of mental health

The experience of directionless thoughts, unrelated to any task and independent of stimulus, which tends to run randomly across one’s mind, especially whenever sitting idle or at rest, is common among many. Often, wandering thoughts are considered to be negative and unhappy, as the trail set by them is indefinite. One thought often leads to another, including either digging the past, or planning the future or contemplating events. 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