Severe psychological disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder (MDD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), are pervasive across the United States. Patients with these disorders suffer both psychologically and physically. However, treatment for these severities is a big challenge due to the limited understanding of the underlying pathological mechanisms. Read more
Schizophrenia is one of the most devastating mental health disorders that affects 1 percent of the world’s population. A unique trait of schizophrenia that distinguishes it from other mental health disorders is the chaos and confusion in mental processing, arising from extremely fast processing of the brain. As a result, the patient loses the ability to think and speak comprehensively. Instead, there is a jumble of random thoughts and incoherent words that make little sense to anybody, except the patient himself or herself. Read more
The Machiavellian nature of some mental illnesses makes it more difficult for them to be detected and treated. Mental health problems debilitate normal way of living by affecting the way people think, feel and act. One such mental disorder that affects people to the extent that they lose touch with reality is schizophrenia. This grave and chronic mental disorder can be very disabling. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the illness characterized by disturbances in thinking, emotions and behavior, affects more than 21 million people worldwide.
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
“I survived schizophrenia and now I’m free to live life the way I want to” said Maria (name changed), 24, of Florida, after fighting with schizophrenia for years. Maria had been suffering from delusions and hallucinations for some time and had become quite hopeless about her condition. However, fortunately, she came across a doctor and therapist who helped her manage her symptoms well. Read more
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), more than 41,000 people die by committing suicide every year in the United States. While suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2014, an estimated 10,189 older Americans (ages 60 and up) died from suicide in 2013, stated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more
Mental health issues are one of the major concerns for the United States. The results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reveal that in 2014, around 43.6 million American adults aged 18 years or older had some form of mental illness in the past year. Read more
Anomalies in the immune system of those suffering from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder prompted scientists to question if any infection-causing agents, triggering comparable immune responses, are responsible for such psychiatric disorders.
Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder, characterized by discrepancies in perception, thoughts, and emotional receptiveness. It is a complex disorder that can affect an individual’s health to a considerable extent. Understanding the gravity of the disorder, researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) have identified a pattern of brain activity that can be the sign of memory problems in people suffering from schizophrenia.
News on Mental Health
- Twitter issues new rules to guard users from online trolls June 13, 2018
- High level of NRG3 can increase risk of schizophrenia, finds study May 7, 2018
- Report suggests soldiers dropping out of ‘unsafe and wholly unsatisfactory’ mental health unit in armed forces April 18, 2018
- Sudden spurt in patient flow increases burden on mental health treatment centers April 3, 2018