Mental health strategies for losing weight

Mental health strategies for losing weight

Weight-loss, a dreaded term around which many people devote excessive time and resources by following fad diets, joining pricey gyms and investing in complicated pedometers and other gadgets but the achievable target seems far. The simple reason behind the disappointment is that people fail to understand that losing weight not just requires physical work but mental work as well. It is impossible to lose weight until one has primed his or her brain for the same. Taking undue stress can worsen the situation and shift the focus. It can make someone over-anxious or depressed about not achieving the goal. Read more

Cost-effective medication for treating ADHD

Cost-effective medication for treating ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder that includes symptoms like lack of concentration, forgetfulness, hyperactivity and the inability to complete any task, all that can create unwanted behaviour among school-going children as well as working adults. Treatment through medication can help reduce such symptoms though the procedure can vary from one individual to another as the same medication may not work for all. Some of the common medications that are used for the treatment of ADHD include stimulants like amphetamines, methamphetamine, methylphenidate and non-stimulants like atomoxetine (Strattera), clonidine and guanfacine. Read more

Things to avoid when confronting someone with an eating disorder

Things to avoid when confronting someone with an eating disorder

Improper eating habits can often give rise to eating disorders. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), nearly 20 million women and 10 million men in the U.S. are expected to struggle with an eating disorder in their lifetime. Many eating disorders surface during childhood but an increasing number of teens and young adults are being diagnosed with the illness. Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that are treatable. However, an absence of treatment can cause a number of health complications and even suicide. Read more

Tips to restore mental health after breast cancer diagnosis

Tips to restore mental health after breast cancer diagnosis

After skin cancer, breast cancer is the second most common cancer in the U.S. It is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women, as reported by the American Cancer Society. It is estimated that 252, 710 women will be diagnosed with it by the end of 2017. It can be even more devastating for women with no known risk factors or without the family history. Such women may suffer from acute anxiety and depression experiencing a dip in their self-esteem, and a tough time managing relationships and finances. Consequently, it is important for them to look after their mental health so that they can navigate through the treatment and focus on future goals. Read more

Learning how to navigate smoothly through mid-life crisis

Learning how to navigate smoothly through mid-life crisis

Men and women experience mid-life crisis when they realize that time is ticking away and a lot of milestones need to be achieved. There is a dawning realization about life’s unpredictability, which may result in a sense of hopelessness, worthlessness and excessive worry or fear. This can also have an impact on relationships, work productivity and self-confidence. Some of the triggers of such a crisis could be: Read more

National Happiness Happens Day: Those little things of life that help attain happiness

National Happiness Happens Day: Those little things of life that help attain happiness

What is happiness? Is it about waiting for a weekend to unwind, reaching a particular waist size, or buying a solitaire or a luxury car? Actually, happiness is simply a state of mind. Feeling happy should ideally be a space where a person is consciously involved in the present moment, is feeling alive and is in total control. On the contrary, a majority of people attach happiness to material things and moments which are yet to arrive or yet to be achieved. This planning and waiting kill the thrill that can be had from the present. 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

Differences between a psychopath and a sociopath

Differences between a psychopath and a sociopath

Some of the pop psychology terms like psychopath and sociopath have been popularized through innumerable television shows and Hollywood thriller movies among the masses. As a result, the mere mention of these terms now sends shivers down the spine of all. In the absence of appropriate delineation of the above-mentioned terms, an array of misconceptions is circulating worldwide that have fueled a number of confusions around it. Read more

Famous personalities with mental illness – 3: ADHD

Famous personalities with mental illness – 3: ADHD

The most common mental health problem diagnosed during childhood is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Symptoms of this disorder include hyperactivity, uncontrollable impulses and inability to focus. Children afflicted with this disorder find it hard to concentrate, thus, resulting in constant disruption in their activities pertaining to school and personal lives.

Though nothing is much known about how the disorder outcomes may be influenced by gender, boys are more affected than girls. The symptoms of the disease can be carried into childhood as well. Adults suffering from ADHD find it difficult to pay attention and are not able to manage time in accordance with the plan, work in an organized fashion, establish goals for themselves or perform well in jobs. Because of these problems, such people fail to retain relationships, have low self-esteem and tend to get hooked to some addictive substance to alleviate the symptoms. Read more