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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Exposure therapy may help treat OCD patients

Exposure therapy may help treat OCD patients

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition which is often overlooked as an extension of exaggerations in a person’s behavior. However, obsessive thoughts and compulsive activities can actually interfere with a person’s day-to-day life. Read more

Prisoners and mental health: Incarceration may complicate the problem

Prisoners and mental health: Incarceration may complicate the problem

The United States is home to just 5 percent of the world population, but it leads the world in incarceration with an estimated 25 percent of the world’s prisoners being in the country, according to a 2014 National Research Council (NRC) report by the American Psychological Association (APA). Read more

Lonely and blue: Social isolation bad for mental health

Lonely and blue: Social isolation bad for mental health

Research shows correlation between loneliness and mental health problems such as depression, and both thrive on each other. A body of studies also points out that a sense of belongingness plays a crucial role in maintaining mental health. Read more

Depression in teens:  More than just sadness or mood swings

Depression in teens: More than just sadness or mood swings

Teen or adolescent depression is very different from conventional sadness. Teenagers generally tend to be moody, dramatic or grouchy, which is part of the adolescence phase. However, depression in teens is real, and it is a treatable mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Read more

Pay gap linked to depression, anxiety in women

Pay gap linked to depression, anxiety in women

Depression is about twice as common in women than in men. While biological reasons such as genetic or fluctuating hormone levels are said to be some factors, a recent study published in the journal Social Science and Medicine has suggested that discrimination at the workplace could be blamed. Read more

How personality influences cognitive loss in older adults

How personality influences cognitive loss in older adults

It’s believed that memory declines with age. Termed as mild cognitive impairment, it does not affect the day-to-day routine of an individual. However, there may be other conditions wherein the onset of cognitive decline with age affects the ability to carry out daily chores. These cognitive changes lead to impaired thinking and memory, and can be broadly classified as “dementia.”

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Understanding mental health problems refugees face

Understanding mental health problems refugees face

Imagine having to abandon everything you’ve ever known because if you don’t you may die. This is what many people face when they flee their countries. As the Syrian refugee situation continues in Europe and appears to be heading to the United States soon, now is as good a time as any to understand the impact that being a refugee can have on one’s mental health. Read more

Love Matters: Marriage and mental illness in sickness and in health

Love Matters: Marriage and mental illness in sickness and in health

When two people marry, they sign up for late night arguments, unexpected illnesses and difficult decisions. They also sign up for comforting embraces, inside jokes and unconditional, nurturing love despite all of these challenges.

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Love Matters: How to love someone with depression

Love Matters: How to love someone with depression

Living with depression isn’t easy, so it should come as no surprise that loving someone with depression presents its own unique challenges. Here are five ways to love someone who has depression.

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Love Matters: Dating with mental illness

Love Matters: Dating with mental illness

When people experience frightening mental symptoms, dark thoughts and low motivation, it can be tempting to stay inside all day, shirking responsibilities and postponing friendships. Years of research, however, suggests that social support is an essential part of recovery from mental illness.

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