New Florida bill to provide first responders compensation for PTSD without physical injuries

New Florida bill to provide first responders compensation for PTSD without physical injuries

First responders are the most vulnerable to stress and trauma related disorders as they witness atrocious incidents and natural calamities, and are entrusted with the greatest responsibility of saving lives. The effect of witnessing terrible rescue operations can overwhelm their mind. They may experience emotional trauma that may leave them reliving horrific scenes repeatedly. They may remain in a state of shock, denial and anguish for days and months as they try to make sense out of the whole episode. They who put their lives in the line of fire every day to protect the community and undergo life-threatening situations. Read more

Beware, social media can ruin your marriage

Beware, social media can ruin your marriage

High-speed internet connectivity and ultra-sophisticated mobile phones with applications like Skype and WhatsApp have made it easier for people to connect with one other, as and when they please. These apps are mostly used for one-to-one interaction. However, when people get into social media forums like Facebook, the interaction of a person is no longer personal (except when the messenger is used), and the status and photographs are easily accessible to many other users – some wanted and some unwanted.

Relationship experts have been criticizing social media platforms like Facebook for limiting people to virtual connections when the real world connections can be more meaningful and gratifying. Furthermore, Facebook is often accused of destroying marriages because the partners are tempted to stalk each other’s profile and in this act they might come across certain aspects that can lead to a conflict or a divorce. Read more

Risk of mental illness in the highly stressful fashion industry

Risk of mental illness in the highly stressful fashion industry

What can be a more appropriate quote than “All that glitter is not gold” in order to describe the glitz and glamor of the fashion industry? The sheen of the glamor industry often entices one to step in the shoes of designers and models. The elegant dresses, models and the multiple layers of makeup often hide the increased stress and tension prevailing in the fashion industry. 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

Nearly 1 in 7 airline pilots suffers from depression, finds study

Nearly 1 in 7 airline pilots suffers from depression, finds study

Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan School) have, through an anonymous web-based survey, examined mental health issues affecting commercial airline pilots. The findings, published in the journal Environmental Health in December 2016, show that nearly one in seven pilots suffers from depression. Researchers were prompted to reassess mental health issues among pilots following the premeditated crash of a Germanwings flight in the French Alps which killed 150 people in March 2015. The ill-fated aircraft’s co-pilot suffered from clinical depression and undetected suicide attempts and kept it hidden from his employer. Read more

Brain connectivity can help identify mental disorders in young people, finds study

Brain connectivity can help identify mental disorders in young people, finds study

Every year, millions of Americans suffer from mental illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (BD), which render them incapable of doing everyday activities. Even children are not immune to the prevailing crisis of mental health problems. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly half of all mental issues start appearing in children before they attain 14 years of age. Read more

10 ways to avoid postpartum depression

10 ways to avoid postpartum depression

Postpartum depression (PPD) can be difficult to recognize and symptoms are often mistaken for “baby blues.” Despite the similarity in the symptoms, they are more pronounced in PPD and last much longer, sometimes extending to weeks, months or even a year or longer. Some of the common symptoms of PPD include crying, irritability, disrupted sleep or excessive sleeping, eating problems (too less or too much), sadness, hopelessness or helplessness, severe anxiety, etc. 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

Children of older mothers at high risk of developing autism

Children of older mothers at high risk of developing autism

Autism is a congenital disorder characterized by symptoms, such as repetitive behaviors, difficulties in social interaction, challenges in verbal and nonverbal communication, etc. According to a 2014 data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 68 children in the United States suffered from autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 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