Soldiers prone to suicidal tendencies when deputed in units with a history of suicide

Soldiers prone to suicidal tendencies when deputed in units with a history of suicide

Currently, the American military has over 2.5 million serving personnel either on an active duty, in the Reserves, or in the National Guard, as well as over 20 million civilians are apparently veterans. Joining the military and choosing to serve one’s country is a decision that encompasses the risk of injury and death, especially during the times of war.

During combat, people not only witness injuries and other fatalities due to enemy fire, accidents and other war-related events but also face other less understood and less expected, such as trauma, self-inflicted injuries and suicide. According to data published in USA Today, 265 active duty service members committed suicide in 2015. Read more

Tips to prevent cyberbullying

Tips to prevent cyberbullying

In this age of social media, high-speed internet connections and ultra-sophisticated smartphones, it is impossible to remain aloof from the offerings of the virtual world. Connecting with loved ones staying miles apart was never so easy. Doing an online course, attending live concerts from the comforts of the home, and having access to zillions of things was an unimaginable concept a few years ago. But this exciting world of technology has also spawned a monster in the form of cyberbullying. 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

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day: Suicide has become an irreversible solution to an interim problem

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day: Suicide has become an irreversible solution to an interim problem

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

Disasters like hurricane Matthew can lead to PTSD, depression, other mental disorders

Disasters like hurricane Matthew can lead to PTSD, depression, other mental disorders

As the “big bad beast,” hurricane Matthew, pounds the coastal Florida after devastating neighboring island nations, including Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas, the state has already started preparing itself for the long-term impact of the catastrophe. Said to be one of the biggest storms in a century, Matthew – a category 3 hurricane with winds blowing at up to 120 mph – lashed the central coast of Florida early morning on October 7. Read more

Understanding mental health problems refugees face

Understanding mental health problems refugees face

Imagine having to abandon everything you’ve ever known because if you don’t you may die. This is what many people face when they flee their countries. As the Syrian refugee situation continues in Europe and appears to be heading to the United States soon, now is as good a time as any to understand the impact that being a refugee can have on one’s mental health. Read more