Twitter issues new rules to guard users from online trolls

Twitter issues new rules to guard users from online trolls

In the wake of a surge in suicide rate and mental disorder among teenagers due to cyberbullying, Twitter has come up with a new set of rules to ban trolls on its platform. The rules are carefully drafted after consulting mental health advocates in order to offer support to people who have experienced self-harm or suicidal thoughts, and also prohibit cyberbullying. Read more

High level of NRG3 can increase risk of schizophrenia, finds study

High level of NRG3 can increase risk of schizophrenia, finds study

Severe psychological disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder (MDD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), are pervasive across the United States. Patients with these disorders suffer both psychologically and physically. However, treatment for these severities is a big challenge due to the limited understanding of the underlying pathological mechanisms. Read more

Report suggests soldiers dropping out of 'unsafe and wholly unsatisfactory' mental health unit in armed forces

Report suggests soldiers dropping out of ‘unsafe and wholly unsatisfactory’ mental health unit in armed forces

War is bad, undoubtedly, and the aftermath of the bloodshed, devastation and destruction is difficult to bear for everyone. No wonder then that the bravery of army soldiers is greatly lauded as they experience such mayhem and go on with their daily lives. But at the end of the day, they are like any other human being. This makes them vulnerable for serious mental disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Hence, authorities took stock of the situation and decided to provide adequate mental health facilities and recovery program for the armed force personnel. Read more

Sudden spurt in patient flow increases burden on mental health treatment centers

Sudden spurt in patient flow increases burden on mental health treatment centers

The United States has witnessed a steady rise in the number of mass school lately. Since 1999 when the Columbine High School massacre took place, a string of other mass school shootings followed suit. In fact, over 150,000 students, attending at least 170 primary or secondary schools in the United States, have experienced a shooting on campus since the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. These statistics does not include undocumented suicides, accidents, etc. due to the exposure to an incident as horrific as mass shooting. Read more

White adults with mental illness far more likely to report insufficient health care use

White adults with mental illness far more likely to report insufficient health care use

Millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions every year. It is a common occurrence in the American population. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) says that one out of every six American adults lives with a mental illness. According to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 44.7 million adults were afflicted with mental illness in the past year, representing around 18.3 percent of the adult population aged 18 or older. Moreover, an estimated 10.4 million adults had severe psychological distress in the past year. Read more

New Florida bill to provide first responders compensation for PTSD without physical injuries

New Florida bill to provide first responders compensation for PTSD without physical injuries

First responders are the most vulnerable to stress and trauma related disorders as they witness atrocious incidents and natural calamities, and are entrusted with the greatest responsibility of saving lives. The effect of witnessing terrible rescue operations can overwhelm their mind. They may experience emotional trauma that may leave them reliving horrific scenes repeatedly. They may remain in a state of shock, denial and anguish for days and months as they try to make sense out of the whole episode. They who put their lives in the line of fire every day to protect the community and undergo life-threatening situations. Read more

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: Schools ill-equipped to respond to problem, finds study

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: Schools ill-equipped to respond to problem, finds study

Teen dating violence (TDV) has emerged as one of the rapidly growing social and health problems among adolescents. Defined as a pattern of abuse or threat — physical, sexual or verbal — used against a dating partner among teenagers, TDV can affect adolescents from different cultures and groups. Read more

Improv comedy improving mental health through playful sessions

Improv comedy improving mental health through playful sessions

There is no denying the fact that “laughter is the best medicine.” Interestingly, this old proverb is being aptly used as an inspiration by many improvisational/improv comedy teachers to help individuals dealing with mental illness like anxiety and depression to feel better and lead a healthy life. The unique performance-based methods like improv comedy enhances the level of conscious awareness of a person by involving him or her in a spontaneous performance. Read more

Doctors suggest analyzing sleep issues to find treatment for ADHD

Doctors suggest analyzing sleep issues to find treatment for ADHD

Mental illnesses are often ignored and neglected due to which there is a chance of them being left undiagnosed or untreated. As a result, the incidence of mental disorder is not only on the rise in adults, but is prevalent in children as well. While depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental disorders in adults, experts have recorded a spike in the occurrence of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Read more

Snowmobiling helps maintain sound physical and mental health, says study

Snowmobiling helps maintain sound physical and mental health, says study

Winter is that time of the year when it becomes almost impossible to stay active or indulge in enough physical workout. Due to limited mobility and other constraints owing to the weather, people tend to develop a range of negative feelings. However, researchers have come up with a solution for maintaining good mental and physical condition.

An unpublished study by the University of Guelph has found that snowmobiling can be an interesting way to maintain a balanced lifestyle by covering up the required physical time. Based on the findings, the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) announced the benefits of indulging in recreational snowmobiling. Though often underestimated, the above announcement will encourage more people to engage in snowmobiling. Read more