Guiding negative emotions for building better mental health

Guiding negative emotions for building better mental health

A sound mental health is a must for the overall well-being of a person. Individuals who are emotionally healthy exercise a greater degree of control over their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Having a resilient mental health does not mean that a person will never experience bad times, emotional problems or mental illnesses. Read more

Parental tips on talking to teens about dating and relationships

Parental tips on talking to teens about dating and relationships

Mrs. Wilson was shocked to see her teenaged daughter’s prom night pics. In every picture, she was seen standing close to a person of her age and they were mostly clicked while drinking and smoking. Wilson was expecting her daughter to visit during the holidays and talk to her about her dating life, but when the moment came, she could not bring herself to broach the subject. Read more

Social media propagates feeling of isolation and disconnectedness

Social media propagates feeling of isolation and disconnectedness

Social media has taken the world by storm in the last decade. People use it for professional networking as well as to stay connected with friends and family. Some of the popular sites, such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, have been joined by millions who share pictures and videos with their community and upload memories of their vacations and achievements. Read more

Cost-effective medication for treating ADHD

Cost-effective medication for treating ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder that includes symptoms like lack of concentration, forgetfulness, hyperactivity and the inability to complete any task, all that can create unwanted behaviour among school-going children as well as working adults. Treatment through medication can help reduce such symptoms though the procedure can vary from one individual to another as the same medication may not work for all. Some of the common medications that are used for the treatment of ADHD include stimulants like amphetamines, methamphetamine, methylphenidate and non-stimulants like atomoxetine (Strattera), clonidine and guanfacine. Read more

Things to avoid when confronting someone with an eating disorder

Things to avoid when confronting someone with an eating disorder

Improper eating habits can often give rise to eating disorders. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), nearly 20 million women and 10 million men in the U.S. are expected to struggle with an eating disorder in their lifetime. Many eating disorders surface during childhood but an increasing number of teens and young adults are being diagnosed with the illness. Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that are treatable. However, an absence of treatment can cause a number of health complications and even suicide. Read more

Tips to restore mental health after breast cancer diagnosis

Tips to restore mental health after breast cancer diagnosis

After skin cancer, breast cancer is the second most common cancer in the U.S. It is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women, as reported by the American Cancer Society. It is estimated that 252, 710 women will be diagnosed with it by the end of 2017. It can be even more devastating for women with no known risk factors or without the family history. Such women may suffer from acute anxiety and depression experiencing a dip in their self-esteem, and a tough time managing relationships and finances. Consequently, it is important for them to look after their mental health so that they can navigate through the treatment and focus on future goals. Read more

Learning how to navigate smoothly through mid-life crisis

Learning how to navigate smoothly through mid-life crisis

Men and women experience mid-life crisis when they realize that time is ticking away and a lot of milestones need to be achieved. There is a dawning realization about life’s unpredictability, which may result in a sense of hopelessness, worthlessness and excessive worry or fear. This can also have an impact on relationships, work productivity and self-confidence. Some of the triggers of such a crisis could be: Read more

Plan an achievable target to get motivated to exercise

Plan an achievable target to get motivated to exercise

Whenever a new gym opens up in the neighborhood, some people are tempted to join it immediately, buy a new pair of sneakers and visit the gym with gusto for a few days. However, very soon they tend to lose interest and then gym is nowhere on their priority list. Over time, it becomes a pattern and this is a common trend with many people, with the reason being lack of motivation. People have a tendency to keep promising themselves that from next week, or from next month, they would stick to a plan, but unfortunately, that week or month never arrives.

Instead of waiting aimlessly for that calling, one can start working on creating that calling. Listed below are few tips, which can help a person stick to a workout plan and achieve his/her physical, emotional or mental health goals. Read more

Knowing warning signs of emotional infidelity to keep mental problems at bay

Knowing warning signs of emotional infidelity to keep mental problems at bay

It is important to set proper boundaries in your outside relationships for the purpose of protecting your primary relationship from emotional promiscuity. We often think of infidelity as a physical act when the truth is it started as a breach of emotional monogamy. -Jordan Blake Michiels

Singer and songwriter Michiels aptly explains the significance of emotional commitment in a relationship. Many people associate infidelity as an act of indulging in an intimate act with someone, however, long before one could reach this level, the emotional monogamy is already violated by the cheating partner. A relationship calls for an intense psychological investment and when it is marred by infidelity, the outcomes could be devastating for a person’s mental health. Read more

Study links OCD to brain inflammation

Study links OCD to brain inflammation

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental problem characterized by recurring and unwanted thoughts and feelings compelling individuals to carry out activities in a repetitive pattern. Such obsessions and compulsions include hand washing, cleaning of the house, checking the door lock and biting fingernails among others. Such actions can get in the way of the normal daily routine resulting in delayed or uncompleted tasks and stress. Symptoms can come and go and individuals may develop avoidance behavior to stay away from the triggers or resort to self-medicating means to control their behavior. Read more