Mental health physicians highlight most effective therapies for seniors

Mental health physicians highlight most effective therapies for seniors

On Jan. 1, 2011, the oldest members of the baby boomer generation are set to reach their retirement in the next decade. It is estimated that until 2030, each day, 10,000 baby boomers will retire officially. A quarter of the population of the U.S. is represented by this population. For these adults navigating into retirement or slower lifestyles could lead to mental health challenges as they are left wondering what to do with the remaining days of their lives. Apparently, the people from this generation also struggle with the same mental health challenges and need the same treatments and services as required by others. However, according to a study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, this segment of the population is also the most likely to stigmatize the use of mental health services. Read more

Innovative technology encourages mental health screening and treatment

Innovative technology encourages mental health screening and treatment

In a bid to counter the multi-layered challenges of providing easily accessible mental health care services to the public, a seemingly effective approach has been adopted by a number of states in the United States. The aim is to provide free, quick and anonymous mental health screening. The innovative idea of mental health screening through kiosks would enable a wider reach to people with mental disorders, especially those in areas where there are lesser professional mental health care service providers. The kiosk can help destigmatize mental illnesses that prevent people from seeking professional help. Read more

Tips for dating a mentally distressed person

Tips for dating a mentally distressed person

Dating, for some people, can be a fun experience. However, for some, it can be stressful, especially during the initial days when two people invest time and efforts in getting to know each other. Once the initial chemistry develops, the partners start sharing more about each other with respect to their backgrounds, values, political beliefs, goals and so on. During this getting-to-know-each-other phase, what if one of the partners reveals that he or she is struggling with a mental problem? While this might overwhelm the other person and the revelation could become a dealbreaker, one should always remember that mental problems are of various types and anyone could be affected by them. This, however, doesn’t mean that a mentally distressed person is unfit as a potential match. Read more

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

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

Helping kids with ADHD

Helping kids with ADHD

Kids are the most precious gem for their parents. Watching them fit and healthy is what completes their day. But life becomes troubling and irksome for parents if their kid is detected with one of the severest mental disorders common among young children – attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 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