New information, medications and technological advances are making continual improvements in health care and the field of mental health is no exception. To keep you informed of the latest developments, our writers provide blogs to keep you up to date.

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Physical activity can help people experiencing first-episode psychosis: Study

Physical activity can help people experiencing first-episode psychosis: Study

Millions of Americans are debilitated by severe mental illnesses every year. Mental health problem in some cases are so severe that people experiencing them tend to lose touch with the reality. Their thoughts and emotions are tied to delusions, along with symptoms of absolute loss of motivation and social withdrawal. Many people with these signs and symptoms are known to suffer from a mental health condition known as psychosis. Though the disease affects three out of 100 people and is associated with young adults, it can strike a person of any age. Read more

Spending more time in school, taking stairs may help keep brain young

Spending more time in school, taking stairs may help keep brain young

Who says that physical exercise is done only to acquire a healthy body? A recent study shows the more stairs a person climbs, the healthier is his brain. The study also revealed that when a person spends more number of years in school, his brain physically appears younger.

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Visual impairment in children linked to ADHD: Study

Visual impairment in children linked to ADHD: Study

It is not easy to live with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). There appears to be a difference of opinion about the disease; some think it as a matter of choice of behavior or a result of bad parenting, while others believe that the disease runs in families.

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Paradoxical effects of LSD can help treat mental illnesses: Study

Paradoxical effects of LSD can help treat mental illnesses: Study

For generations, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) has been regarded as a psychedelic drug that can cause unpredictable effects such as hallucinations or an apparent extension of consciousness. While the seemingly contradictory and inconsistent effects of LSD use are known, a study by the Imperial College London confirmed that LSD can cause paradoxical effects, including psychosis-like symptoms and improved psychological well-being.

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Parental depression can affect child’s school performance: Study

Parental depression can affect child’s school performance: Study

Depression, one of the most common reasons for disability among Americans, needs to be recognized and treated. While people suffering from depression are not able to get rid of negative thoughts and feelings of hopelessness, it is shocking how Americans have underestimated the brutality of the disease. Read more

Excessive social media may lead to sleep disruption, mood disorders

Excessive social media may lead to sleep disruption, mood disorders

Is your “online self” more extravagant and deliberate than your “real self?” Are you under pressure to be perfect socially? Do you want to be socially “on” every minute? Do you shiver from social FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)? If the answers to all these are positive, you are probably addicted to social media, and its influence over you is inexplicable. Read more

Don’t get confused between OCD & OCPD, they are different

Don’t get confused between OCD & OCPD, they are different

Disorders related to brain and personality are very different from each other. But confusion might arise when the names for the two problems are very similar, for example, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). Many people might consider both to be synonymous or might be unaware that both the disorders even co-exist. Read more

Fighting dementia through Mediterranean diet

Fighting dementia through Mediterranean diet

Food doesn’t just keep your body going, but keeps your mind healthy too. Certain foods have the capability to keep mental problems at bay. According to experts, following a particular kind of food regimen can help in keeping off Alzheimer’s and dementia and prevent cognitive degeneration. Read more

Cognitive behavioral therapy may help cure treatment-resistant depression

Cognitive behavioral therapy may help cure treatment-resistant depression

Treatment-resistant depression has been posing a big challenge to psychiatrists. However, there is some hope for such patients. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) along with antidepressants may bring long-term benefits to patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression, a recent study has found. Read more

Chronic stress may trigger dementia: Study

Chronic stress may trigger dementia: Study

Stress and anxiety are undoubtedly part and parcel of the modern fast-paced life. However, being stressed and anxious is normal until it remains a temporary problem. For example, feeling stressed before a job interview or an exam is an expected condition of the mind. But when it flares up to acute emotional outbursts at regular intervals, it may interfere with the person’s routine life and can be harmful. A recent study by Rotman Research Institute – a division of Baycrest Health Sciences – has revealed that chronic stress and anxiety may increase the risk of depression and even dementia. Read more