National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month-Part 1: Who is at risk for bullying?

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month-Part 1: Who is at risk for bullying?

Bullying can be defined as unwanted and aggressive behavior used to intimidate, threaten and be violent towards someone. An individual begins bullying due to a real or imaginary power imbalance and can target anyone, be it school kids or adults. Bullying includes threatening a person, spreading false rumors, subjecting someone to physical or verbal abuse, or intentionally excluding someone, especially from a group. It is widespread in schools across the U.S. One out of every four students report being bullied during the school year, as per the National Center for Educational Statistics, 2015 (NCES). Read more

Distinguishing similar mental disorders: DID and Schizophrenia

Distinguishing similar mental disorders: DID and Schizophrenia

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

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

Depression affects employees’ intellectual functioning; how to avoid it at workplace

Depression affects employees’ intellectual functioning; how to avoid it at workplace

Is keeping busy an antidote to depression? Yes, it is generally said. But it might not be true always. According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, every year depression afflicts over 19 million Americans between the ages of 25 and 44, the most productive years in an adult’s life. Further, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) says that major depression accounted for 3.7 percent of all U.S. disability-adjusted life years. Read more

Distinguishing similar mental disorders: PMS and PMDD

Distinguishing similar mental disorders: PMS and PMDD

A woman’s life is filled with certain experiences that a man never undergoes. Menstruation or menstrual cycle is one such thing that only women experience, typically every month. Menstrual cycle is a pivotal process in the female reproductive system that prepares the body for pregnancy. Regular menstrual cycles are also indicative of the fact that the body is functioning normal. Also commonly termed as “having a period,” women can go through a lot of physical and emotional changes, discomfort and period-related symptoms around the time of their periods. Read more

World Alzheimer's Day: Eating right can lower risks of Alzheimer’s disease

World Alzheimer’s Day: Eating right can lower risks of Alzheimer’s disease

Age is just a number for those who lead a disease-free healthy life. For others, it might pose hindrance in growing old gracefully. Age has a major role to play in an individual’s physical as well as mental health. While an individual in his teens is physically active and mentally alert, these traits begin to fade with the growing age. Read more

Distinguishing similar mental disorders: BD and BPD

Distinguishing similar mental disorders: BD and BPD

Mood swings are a natural part of human beings. A mood swing is characterized by rapid changes in emotional state. It is common and natural for people to feel happy some times and sad at other times. However, if an individual shows signs of frequent shifts in his mood, he might be suffering from a psychological or mental health condition and might need a medical attention. Read more

Distinguishing similar mental disorders: OCD and OCPD

Distinguishing similar mental disorders: OCD and OCPD

Mental illnesses are one of the most bothering public health issues in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), about 9.8 million adults (4.2 percent of total U.S. adult population) suffered from various serious mental disorders in 2014. Among the varied mental issues, personality disorder is a condition where an individual begins to have an unhealthy thinking and behavior pattern. This disorder has impacted 9.1 percent of the total U.S. population, as per the NIMH.   Read more

Helping kids with ADHD

Helping kids with ADHD

Kids are the most precious gem for their parents. Watching them fit and healthy is what completes their day. But life becomes troubling and irksome for parents if their kid is detected with one of the severest mental disorders common among young children – attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Read more

Scientists identify non-invasive method to diagnose depression

Scientists identify non-invasive method to diagnose depression

Depression is a mental disorder that requires psychological support for its proper diagnosis as well as treatment. However, many a times, depression remains undiagnosed and untreated as it is often passed off as a normal case of worry and sadness. Read more