Innovative technology encourages mental health screening and treatment

Innovative technology encourages mental health screening and treatment

In a bid to counter the multi-layered challenges of providing easily accessible mental health care services to the public, a seemingly effective approach has been adopted by a number of states in the United States. The aim is to provide free, quick and anonymous mental health screening. The innovative idea of mental health screening through kiosks would enable a wider reach to people with mental disorders, especially those in areas where there are lesser professional mental health care service providers. The kiosk can help destigmatize mental illnesses that prevent people from seeking professional help. Read more

Soldiers prone to suicidal tendencies when deputed in units with a history of suicide

Soldiers prone to suicidal tendencies when deputed in units with a history of suicide

Currently, the American military has over 2.5 million serving personnel either on an active duty, in the Reserves, or in the National Guard, as well as over 20 million civilians are apparently veterans. Joining the military and choosing to serve one’s country is a decision that encompasses the risk of injury and death, especially during the times of war.

During combat, people not only witness injuries and other fatalities due to enemy fire, accidents and other war-related events but also face other less understood and less expected, such as trauma, self-inflicted injuries and suicide. According to data published in USA Today, 265 active duty service members committed suicide in 2015. Read more

Tips to prevent cyberbullying

Tips to prevent cyberbullying

In this age of social media, high-speed internet connections and ultra-sophisticated smartphones, it is impossible to remain aloof from the offerings of the virtual world. Connecting with loved ones staying miles apart was never so easy. Doing an online course, attending live concerts from the comforts of the home, and having access to zillions of things was an unimaginable concept a few years ago. But this exciting world of technology has also spawned a monster in the form of cyberbullying. Read more

National Happiness Happens Day: Those little things of life that help attain happiness

National Happiness Happens Day: Those little things of life that help attain happiness

What is happiness? Is it about waiting for a weekend to unwind, reaching a particular waist size, or buying a solitaire or a luxury car? Actually, happiness is simply a state of mind. Feeling happy should ideally be a space where a person is consciously involved in the present moment, is feeling alive and is in total control. On the contrary, a majority of people attach happiness to material things and moments which are yet to arrive or yet to be achieved. This planning and waiting kill the thrill that can be had from the present. Read more

Tips for dating a mentally distressed person

Tips for dating a mentally distressed person

Dating, for some people, can be a fun experience. However, for some, it can be stressful, especially during the initial days when two people invest time and efforts in getting to know each other. Once the initial chemistry develops, the partners start sharing more about each other with respect to their backgrounds, values, political beliefs, goals and so on. During this getting-to-know-each-other phase, what if one of the partners reveals that he or she is struggling with a mental problem? While this might overwhelm the other person and the revelation could become a dealbreaker, one should always remember that mental problems are of various types and anyone could be affected by them. This, however, doesn’t mean that a mentally distressed person is unfit as a potential match. Read more

Nearly 1 in 7 airline pilots suffers from depression, finds study

Nearly 1 in 7 airline pilots suffers from depression, finds study

Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan School) have, through an anonymous web-based survey, examined mental health issues affecting commercial airline pilots. The findings, published in the journal Environmental Health in December 2016, show that nearly one in seven pilots suffers from depression. Researchers were prompted to reassess mental health issues among pilots following the premeditated crash of a Germanwings flight in the French Alps which killed 150 people in March 2015. The ill-fated aircraft’s co-pilot suffered from clinical depression and undetected suicide attempts and kept it hidden from his employer. Read more

Brain connectivity can help identify mental disorders in young people, finds study

Brain connectivity can help identify mental disorders in young people, finds study

Every year, millions of Americans suffer from mental illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (BD), which render them incapable of doing everyday activities. Even children are not immune to the prevailing crisis of mental health problems. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly half of all mental issues start appearing in children before they attain 14 years of age. Read more

Brain cells of schizophrenia patients breakdown in a haphazard manner, finds study

Brain cells of schizophrenia patients breakdown in a haphazard manner, finds study

Schizophrenia is one of the most devastating mental health disorders that affects 1 percent of the world’s population. A unique trait of schizophrenia that distinguishes it from other mental health disorders is the chaos and confusion in mental processing, arising from extremely fast processing of the brain. As a result, the patient loses the ability to think and speak comprehensively. Instead, there is a jumble of random thoughts and incoherent words that make little sense to anybody, except the patient himself or herself. Read more

Study establishes link between brain’s immune cells and neurodegenerative diseases

Study establishes link between brain’s immune cells and neurodegenerative diseases

Neurodegenerative disease is a broad term referring to a range of mental disorders that primarily affect the neurons found in the brain. Unfortunately, any damage done to the neurons cannot be replaced, and this is the reason why most neurodegenerative diseases are incurable, leading to progressive degeneration of the nerve cells.
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Young PTSD victims misinterpret facial expressions, says study

Young PTSD victims misinterpret facial expressions, says study

A traumatic experience may ignite feelings of constant despair, fear and anxiety. People who have been victims of or witnesses to disturbing events are caught up in flashbacks and nightmares and find it extremely difficult to lead a normal life. People suffering from the aftereffects of trauma are known to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a psychological problem that exhibits itself as “fight-or-flight” response when faced with a similar situation.

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