Yeast infection may cause mental illness in men: Study

Yeast infection may cause mental illness in men: Study

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.

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Exposure to blue space helps reduce distress: Study

Exposure to blue space helps reduce distress: Study

Most of us might have gone through this experience or seen around us that a person gets a lot of attention and sympathy when one of his bones gets fractured. Mum pampers him, friends cheer him up and his relatives make frequent calls to show that they care. But what happens when you relapse after a prolonged mental health condition? Usually, no sufferer gets a similar treatment as in the first case. Read more

Brain marker for memory impairment identified in schizophrenics: Study

Brain marker for memory impairment identified in schizophrenics: Study

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.

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Mentally ill are ‘victims’ and not ‘perpetrators’ of violent behavior is myth: Study

Mentally ill are ‘victims’ and not ‘perpetrators’ of violent behavior is myth: Study

Mentally ill people are mostly sympathized with as they are usually looked upon as the victims of violence. Previous researches and common beliefs point to the possibility of mentally ill persons being victims of danger, and brutal and insensitive people around them. However, a recent study by the RTI International, North Carolina State University, the Duke University and the Arizona State University pointed at the risk factors that increase the likelihood of mentally ill people getting involved in violent behavior. Read more

Genetic counseling: A novel approach to treat psychiatric disorders

Genetic counseling: A novel approach to treat psychiatric disorders

Counseling is not only about giving advice to help people in decision-making, it is also about treating certain mental dysfunctions, generally overlooked by people. Problem-solving is not what we expect in counseling, what we seek is a proactive approach towards understanding what is happening with a person who is vehemently trying to overcome his mental instabilities.

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Physical activity can help people experiencing first-episode psychosis: Study

Physical activity can help people experiencing first-episode psychosis: Study

Millions of Americans are debilitated by severe mental illnesses every year. Mental health problem in some cases are so severe that people experiencing them tend to lose touch with the reality. Their thoughts and emotions are tied to delusions, along with symptoms of absolute loss of motivation and social withdrawal. Many people with these signs and symptoms are known to suffer from a mental health condition known as psychosis. Though the disease affects three out of 100 people and is associated with young adults, it can strike a person of any age. Read more

Spending more time in school, taking stairs may help keep brain young

Spending more time in school, taking stairs may help keep brain young

Who says that physical exercise is done only to acquire a healthy body? A recent study shows the more stairs a person climbs, the healthier is his brain. The study also revealed that when a person spends more number of years in school, his brain physically appears younger.

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Visual impairment in children linked to ADHD: Study

Visual impairment in children linked to ADHD: Study

It is not easy to live with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). There appears to be a difference of opinion about the disease; some think it as a matter of choice of behavior or a result of bad parenting, while others believe that the disease runs in families.

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Paradoxical effects of LSD can help treat mental illnesses: Study

Paradoxical effects of LSD can help treat mental illnesses: Study

For generations, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) has been regarded as a psychedelic drug that can cause unpredictable effects such as hallucinations or an apparent extension of consciousness. While the seemingly contradictory and inconsistent effects of LSD use are known, a study by the Imperial College London confirmed that LSD can cause paradoxical effects, including psychosis-like symptoms and improved psychological well-being.

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Parental depression can affect child’s school performance: Study

Parental depression can affect child’s school performance: Study

Depression, one of the most common reasons for disability among Americans, needs to be recognized and treated. While people suffering from depression are not able to get rid of negative thoughts and feelings of hopelessness, it is shocking how Americans have underestimated the brutality of the disease. Read more