New mental illnesses–1: Hypersex disorder

New mental illnesses–1: Hypersex disorder

People with mental illnesses often fade away or recede from the public spaces as those around them quite frequently fail to distinguish such life-threatening disorders from behavioral problems. Consequently, mental illnesses often go undetected due to lack of knowledge of what that individual might be going through. Read more

Fight out stress to overcome adjustment disorder

Fight out stress to overcome adjustment disorder

A common quote that people come across in today’s fast-paced world is “life is hard.” Indeed, it can be hard and rough with the pressures of family life and work throwing up challenges every now and then. People find it hard to cope with the everyday struggle to strive and to achieve the set target and this leads to stress and anxiety. Stress is the elephant in the room almost everyone in the world is dealing with. Read more

Identifying risk factors of ADHD

Identifying risk factors of ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by inattention and/or hyperactive or impulsive behavior which impedes the normal functioning or development of an individual. The disorder is prevalent in children aged 6-12 years, but can also continue into adulthood. Read more

Suicide rate goes up among American middle school children

Suicide rate goes up among American middle school children

Stress, anxiety and anger seem to affect even children now. And they happen to stir the emotions of children to such an extent in the United States that they are now attempting to kill themselves to overcome the problems. 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

Is maladaptive daydreaming a psychiatric disorder?

Is maladaptive daydreaming a psychiatric disorder?

Whether at work, in the middle of a boring lecture or while traveling, one often finds one’s mind wandering into a world of its own. Lost in their own thoughts, people end up imagining, exploring, fantasizing and creating a world distinct from reality. This is commonly known as daydreaming. While some studies regard daydreaming as a sign of a strong memory, another segment of researchers have concentrated on getting to know the darker side of the phenomenon. Read more

Effect of financial status on mental health

Effect of financial status on mental health

As the saying goes “health is wealth”, it is only good health that stays with an individual in both good and bad situations of life. However, many times, the opposite is also true, which implies that the financial status of a person has a direct impact on an individual’s physical and mental health. People who are financially secure are generally satisfied in their social and interpersonal relationships, which eventually provides them with emotional, physical and psychological well-being. Read more

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month-4: Role of parents in preventing bullying

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month-4: Role of parents in preventing bullying

Bullying is an act to intimidate or aggressively dominate others by either using force or threat or coercion. It can be repeated or be habitual for the aggressor. Largely prevalent in schools, can make the one who is bullied feel sad, depressed, low on self-esteem and perform badly at school. On the other hand, a bully feels more powerful, is prone to addiction to abusive substances such as alcohol and cigarettes and is also likely to commit crimes. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, 2015, one out of every four students report being bullied during the school year. Read more

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month-Part 3: Helping the bullies overcome their behavior

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month-Part 3: Helping the bullies overcome their behavior

Bullying is an act of aggression, typically by a child. It is actual or attempted injury caused to the victim by the bully on the basis of a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior impacts both – the child who bullies and the child who is bullied – academically, socially and psychologically. While the victim develops fear, low self-esteem, and begins to stay aloof, the bully, who is generally physically strong, becomes insensitive towards others and develops a disregard for rules. Read more

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month– Part 2: 5 ways to stop bullying in schools

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month– Part 2: 5 ways to stop bullying in schools

Playing pranks, cracking jokes, and having fun are a normal part of one’s childhood. But if such jokes and games become a nuisance for others, then it’s time to address the concern. With an increasing number of such cases of bullying and consequent suicides being reported, the problem has taken gigantic proportions that the United States schools and authorities can no longer ignore.

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