A study reveals synthetic psychedelic 5-MeO-DMT improves anxiety and depression

A study reveals synthetic psychedelic 5-MeO-DMT improves anxiety and depression

With the number of cases of anxiety and depression being reported increasing on a daily basis, scientists are trying hard to look for treatment modalities that would cure these mental disorders. While some of them are studying traditional medicines and its effectiveness, others have been looking at new technology like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). However, there are still others who are trying to assess the success of unconventional methods, like using psychedelics, to treat anxiety and depression.  Read more

Twitter issues new rules to guard users from online trolls

Twitter issues new rules to guard users from online trolls

In the wake of a surge in suicide rate and mental disorder among teenagers due to cyberbullying, Twitter has come up with a new set of rules to ban trolls on its platform. The rules are carefully drafted after consulting mental health advocates in order to offer support to people who have experienced self-harm or suicidal thoughts, and also prohibit cyberbullying. Read more

Improv comedy improving mental health through playful sessions

Improv comedy improving mental health through playful sessions

There is no denying the fact that “laughter is the best medicine.” Interestingly, this old proverb is being aptly used as an inspiration by many improvisational/improv comedy teachers to help individuals dealing with mental illness like anxiety and depression to feel better and lead a healthy life. The unique performance-based methods like improv comedy enhances the level of conscious awareness of a person by involving him or her in a spontaneous performance. Read more

National Menopause Awareness Month: Tips to navigate through menopause with sanity

National Menopause Awareness Month: Tips to navigate through menopause with sanity

To disseminate awareness about menopause and help women stop dreading that inevitable phase and become mentally, spiritually and physically strong enough to navigate through it, National Menopause Awareness Month is observed in September.

A woman reaches her menopausal stage when she does not menstruate at a stretch for 12 months and when menopause sets in, the female body drastically decreases the production of hormones estrogen and progesterone and all this can affect the mental health of a woman. Read more

Reduction of dissociation level helps improve treatment response in depression and anxiety

Reduction of dissociation level helps improve treatment response in depression and anxiety

Treating depression or anxiety can become difficult at times due to the complex nature of the problem and the mental health of the patient. A recent study has suggested that treating feelings of detachment may help increase the overall treatment response in case of depressed people. The study, titled “Impact of dissociation on treatment of depressive and anxiety spectrum disorders with and without personality disorders,” aimed to examine the effect of dissociation on the effectiveness of treatment process in patients suffering from anxiety/neurotic spectrum and depression. Read more

Famous personalities with mental illness – 4: Anxiety

Famous personalities with mental illness – 4: Anxiety

Nervousness regarding any particular situation is normal, but constant anxiousness can be overwhelming at times. Unrelenting tendency to worry impairs normal functioning, which can also result in unwarranted psychological and physiological disorders. Anxiety affects nearly 18 percent of the American population as per the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Many people experience consistent feelings of anxiety fearing the uncertainties of future and some respond with sudden outbursts of fear and palpitation while dealing with day-to-day circumstances. Read more

Can virtual reality be effective in treating mental health conditions?

Can virtual reality be effective in treating mental health conditions?

Most of us are familiar with virtual reality (VR) due to the increasingly popular audio and visual games that require the user to wear VR goggles. This includes a headset display, stereo sound and head motion tracking to provide an immersive experience. Though VR has been around for decades, it is only recently that its potential as a treatment for mental health disorders is being assessed and acknowledged. Besides being an innovative technological achievement, VR can also play a crucial role in addressing the various challenges of mental disorders. 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

Fight out stress to overcome adjustment disorder

Fight out stress to overcome adjustment disorder

A common quote that people come across in today’s fast-paced world is “life is hard.” Indeed, it can be hard and rough with the pressures of family life and work throwing up challenges every now and then. People find it hard to cope with the everyday struggle to strive and to achieve the set target and this leads to stress and anxiety. Stress is the elephant in the room almost everyone in the world is dealing with. Read more