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

White adults with mental illness far more likely to report insufficient health care use

White adults with mental illness far more likely to report insufficient health care use

Millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions every year. It is a common occurrence in the American population. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) says that one out of every six American adults lives with a mental illness. According to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 44.7 million adults were afflicted with mental illness in the past year, representing around 18.3 percent of the adult population aged 18 or older. Moreover, an estimated 10.4 million adults had severe psychological distress in the past year. Read more

Snowmobiling helps maintain sound physical and mental health, says study

Snowmobiling helps maintain sound physical and mental health, says study

Winter is that time of the year when it becomes almost impossible to stay active or indulge in enough physical workout. Due to limited mobility and other constraints owing to the weather, people tend to develop a range of negative feelings. However, researchers have come up with a solution for maintaining good mental and physical condition.

An unpublished study by the University of Guelph has found that snowmobiling can be an interesting way to maintain a balanced lifestyle by covering up the required physical time. Based on the findings, the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) announced the benefits of indulging in recreational snowmobiling. Though often underestimated, the above announcement will encourage more people to engage in snowmobiling. Read more

New approach to understand and classify mental disorders

New approach to understand and classify mental disorders

A mental health diagnosis involves several steps including medical evaluation and assessment of symptoms that is followed by recommendation of treatment plans and therapies suited to a patient’s needs. Advances in clinical science are also reflected in how mental illnesses are diagnosed and treated, however, needing a more structured approach.

While the existing diagnostic manuals for mental disorders — Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and the Research Domain Criteria (R-DoC) — are helpful and necessary for identifying and treating mental illnesses, a team of experts at the University of Notre Dame and a team of other experts emphasize modifying the outlook. In the new research published online in Psychological Science in the Public Interest on Dec. 6, 2017, the team reviewed the existing diagnostic manuals and identified the challenges involved in understanding and classifying mental health disorders. Read more

Plan an achievable target to get motivated to exercise

Plan an achievable target to get motivated to exercise

Whenever a new gym opens up in the neighborhood, some people are tempted to join it immediately, buy a new pair of sneakers and visit the gym with gusto for a few days. However, very soon they tend to lose interest and then gym is nowhere on their priority list. Over time, it becomes a pattern and this is a common trend with many people, with the reason being lack of motivation. People have a tendency to keep promising themselves that from next week, or from next month, they would stick to a plan, but unfortunately, that week or month never arrives.

Instead of waiting aimlessly for that calling, one can start working on creating that calling. Listed below are few tips, which can help a person stick to a workout plan and achieve his/her physical, emotional or mental health goals. 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

Guiding emotions for better mental health

Guiding emotions for better mental health

Good mental health is indispensable for a person’s overall health. Compared to others, emotionally healthy individuals exercise a greater degree of control over their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Having a resilient mental health does not mean that a person would never experience emotional problems or mental illnesses. Oftentimes, it is a person’s positive attitude toward deciding factors in life that motivates him or her to get up when the going gets tough, especially during disappointments, setbacks, losses and other changes. Read more