Beware, social media can ruin your marriage

Beware, social media can ruin your marriage

High-speed internet connectivity and ultra-sophisticated mobile phones with applications like Skype and WhatsApp have made it easier for people to connect with one other, as and when they please. These apps are mostly used for one-to-one interaction. However, when people get into social media forums like Facebook, the interaction of a person is no longer personal (except when the messenger is used), and the status and photographs are easily accessible to many other users – some wanted and some unwanted.

Relationship experts have been criticizing social media platforms like Facebook for limiting people to virtual connections when the real world connections can be more meaningful and gratifying. Furthermore, Facebook is often accused of destroying marriages because the partners are tempted to stalk each other’s profile and in this act they might come across certain aspects that can lead to a conflict or a divorce. Read more

Tips for living harmoniously with a spouse suffering from bipolar disorder

Tips for living harmoniously with a spouse suffering from bipolar disorder

Tim and Monika (names changed) met during a recreational retreat in Florida. Tim was awed by Monika’s enthusiasm for adventure sports and her spirited personality. At times, he would be overwhelmed by her disposition but he chose to silence his intuition and convinced himself that he had fallen in love with Monika. Shortly after the trip, Tim proposed to her and she accepted.

Today, Tim and Monika complete 25 years of marriage and one might wonder what is so special about them? Well, soon after they married and returned from their honeymoon, Tim noticed that Monika had gone into her shell and was nowhere close to being what she was a few days ago. Tim tried talking to Monika but she would exasperate him by oscillating between extreme depression and happiness. After much pestering, Tim convinced her to see a physician and it was then that Monika got diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Read more

Dealing with body shaming and weight discrimination for good mental health

Dealing with body shaming and weight discrimination for good mental health

“You can’t join us for the party. You are too fat and ugly.”

Sounds familiar? The emphasis laid down on having a sculpted and beautiful body by the society has led to many becoming a victim of body shaming practices. It is commonly practiced by bullies at work, at school or in public places, putting slender figures on a pedestal. Watching the seemingly perfect pictures of peers and celebrities on social media is also instrumental in leaving obese people feeling ashamed and worthless. Read more

National Menopause Awareness Month: Tips to navigate through menopause with sanity

National Menopause Awareness Month: Tips to navigate through menopause with sanity

To disseminate awareness about menopause and help women stop dreading that inevitable phase and become mentally, spiritually and physically strong enough to navigate through it, National Menopause Awareness Month is observed in September.

A woman reaches her menopausal stage when she does not menstruate at a stretch for 12 months and when menopause sets in, the female body drastically decreases the production of hormones estrogen and progesterone and all this can affect the mental health of a woman. Read more

Getting to identify a partner with narcissist personality

Getting to identify a partner with narcissist personality

Some people might find their twin soul early in life, but for some people, it can become a quest, and finally, when one does come across one’s twin soul, he or she might bring in a plethora of changes – some good and some bad. Read more

Understanding link between social withdrawal and mental illness

Understanding link between social withdrawal and mental illness

Social withdrawal is the practice of knowingly avoiding people. It could also involve avoidance of activities that require some amount of social engagement. In extreme cases, people isolate or alienate themselves to such an extent that they could even avoid contact with their closest family members and friends. Social withdrawal is often confused with solitude, but it is not so. One might desire solitude and like it as well, but social withdrawal can spring from anxiety, lack of self-confidence or the fear of the unknown. Read more

Widespread ignorance about mental health issues is a reality, finds US survey

Widespread ignorance about mental health issues is a reality, finds US survey

Awareness is a decisive factor in tackling the issues of mental health. It can play a pivotal role in removing stigma and discrimination. It can also help individuals suffering from such disorders, as well as those close to them identify the signs and symptoms, and seek professional help at the earliest. Read more

Guiding emotions for better mental health

Guiding emotions for better mental health

Good mental health is indispensable for a person’s overall health. Compared to others, emotionally healthy individuals exercise a greater degree of control over their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Having a resilient mental health does not mean that a person would never experience emotional problems or mental illnesses. Oftentimes, it is a person’s positive attitude toward deciding factors in life that motivates him or her to get up when the going gets tough, especially during disappointments, setbacks, losses and other changes. Read more

Risk of mental illness in the highly stressful fashion industry

Risk of mental illness in the highly stressful fashion industry

What can be a more appropriate quote than “All that glitter is not gold” in order to describe the glitz and glamor of the fashion industry? The sheen of the glamor industry often entices one to step in the shoes of designers and models. The elegant dresses, models and the multiple layers of makeup often hide the increased stress and tension prevailing in the fashion industry. Read more

Students of US universities lend a helping hand to peers with mental problems

Students of US universities lend a helping hand to peers with mental problems

The field of mental health care is riddled with various challenges, the primary being those associated with access and costs. Statistics from an earlier report by the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that there are only 7.79 psychiatrists for every 100,000 people in the United States. Added to this is the fact that they are not paid in proportion to the services they offer. Dr. Linda Girgis, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., feels that this is the reason why psychiatrists are either closing shop or are accepting cash payments only, a mode of payment many people are not comfortable with. Read more