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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Is maladaptive daydreaming a psychiatric disorder?

Is maladaptive daydreaming a psychiatric disorder?

Whether at work, in the middle of a boring lecture or while traveling, one often finds one’s mind wandering into a world of its own. Lost in their own thoughts, people end up imagining, exploring, fantasizing and creating a world distinct from reality. This is commonly known as daydreaming. While some studies regard daydreaming as a sign of a strong memory, another segment of researchers have concentrated on getting to know the darker side of the phenomenon. Read more

Effect of financial status on mental health

Effect of financial status on mental health

As the saying goes “health is wealth”, it is only good health that stays with an individual in both good and bad situations of life. However, many times, the opposite is also true, which implies that the financial status of a person has a direct impact on an individual’s physical and mental health. People who are financially secure are generally satisfied in their social and interpersonal relationships, which eventually provides them with emotional, physical and psychological well-being. Read more

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month-4: Role of parents in preventing bullying

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month-4: Role of parents in preventing bullying

Bullying is an act to intimidate or aggressively dominate others by either using force or threat or coercion. It can be repeated or be habitual for the aggressor. Largely prevalent in schools, can make the one who is bullied feel sad, depressed, low on self-esteem and perform badly at school. On the other hand, a bully feels more powerful, is prone to addiction to abusive substances such as alcohol and cigarettes and is also likely to commit crimes. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, 2015, one out of every four students report being bullied during the school year. Read more

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month-Part 3: Helping the bullies overcome their behavior

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month-Part 3: Helping the bullies overcome their behavior

Bullying is an act of aggression, typically by a child. It is actual or attempted injury caused to the victim by the bully on the basis of a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior impacts both – the child who bullies and the child who is bullied – academically, socially and psychologically. While the victim develops fear, low self-esteem, and begins to stay aloof, the bully, who is generally physically strong, becomes insensitive towards others and develops a disregard for rules. Read more

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month– Part 2: 5 ways to stop bullying in schools

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month– Part 2: 5 ways to stop bullying in schools

Playing pranks, cracking jokes, and having fun are a normal part of one’s childhood. But if such jokes and games become a nuisance for others, then it’s time to address the concern. With an increasing number of such cases of bullying and consequent suicides being reported, the problem has taken gigantic proportions that the United States schools and authorities can no longer ignore.

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National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month-Part 1: Who is at risk for bullying?

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month-Part 1: Who is at risk for bullying?

Bullying can be defined as unwanted and aggressive behavior used to intimidate, threaten and be violent towards someone. An individual begins bullying due to a real or imaginary power imbalance and can target anyone, be it school kids or adults. Bullying includes threatening a person, spreading false rumors, subjecting someone to physical or verbal abuse, or intentionally excluding someone, especially from a group. It is widespread in schools across the U.S. One out of every four students report being bullied during the school year, as per the National Center for Educational Statistics, 2015 (NCES). Read more

Distinguishing similar mental disorders: DID and Schizophrenia

Distinguishing similar mental disorders: DID and Schizophrenia

Mental health issues are one of the major concerns for the United States. The results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reveal that in 2014, around 43.6 million American adults aged 18 years or older had some form of mental illness in the past year. Read more

Disasters like hurricane Matthew can lead to PTSD, depression, other mental disorders

Disasters like hurricane Matthew can lead to PTSD, depression, other mental disorders

As the “big bad beast,” hurricane Matthew, pounds the coastal Florida after devastating neighboring island nations, including Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas, the state has already started preparing itself for the long-term impact of the catastrophe. Said to be one of the biggest storms in a century, Matthew – a category 3 hurricane with winds blowing at up to 120 mph – lashed the central coast of Florida early morning on October 7. Read more

Depression affects employees’ intellectual functioning; how to avoid it at workplace

Depression affects employees’ intellectual functioning; how to avoid it at workplace

Is keeping busy an antidote to depression? Yes, it is generally said. But it might not be true always. According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, every year depression afflicts over 19 million Americans between the ages of 25 and 44, the most productive years in an adult’s life. Further, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) says that major depression accounted for 3.7 percent of all U.S. disability-adjusted life years. Read more

Distinguishing similar mental disorders: PMS and PMDD

Distinguishing similar mental disorders: PMS and PMDD

A woman’s life is filled with certain experiences that a man never undergoes. Menstruation or menstrual cycle is one such thing that only women experience, typically every month. Menstrual cycle is a pivotal process in the female reproductive system that prepares the body for pregnancy. Regular menstrual cycles are also indicative of the fact that the body is functioning normal. Also commonly termed as “having a period,” women can go through a lot of physical and emotional changes, discomfort and period-related symptoms around the time of their periods. Read more