Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week: Study finds changing perception of homelessness in US

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week: Study finds changing perception of homelessness in US

People have become more compassionate and accommodating to homelessness in the past two decades, revealed a recent study by researchers at the Yale University. The findings are based on a survey that mapped what people of America think of homelessness. Also, the researchers compared the results with studies conducted during the 1990s. Continue reading

World Mental Health Day: Time to offer effective care to people with mental illnesses

World Mental Health Day: Time to offer effective care to people with mental illnesses

Mental health problems usually bring in isolation and loneliness. Individuals with psychiatric disorders tend to detach themselves from others because of their negative feelings and tendency to doubt their abilities. Therefore, friends and family members of those suffering from mental illnesses find it tough to take care of them without making them feel low. Continue reading

World Smile Day: Are you smiling to immerse your depression?

World Smile Day: Are you smiling to immerse your depression?

The general assumption about a person smiling is that he or she is happy, relaxed and enjoying life. Nevertheless, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), an individual who appears to be happy and goes about his or her daily chores comfortably, but is still unable to enjoy life, might be suffering from smiling depression.

In simple words, smiling depression is a depressive disorder in which a person appears to be happy despite battling an inner turmoil. Characterized by atypical symptoms, smiling depression is hard to detect as people suffering from this disorder generally do well in their professional, social and personal lives. Continue reading

National Exercise with Your Child Week: Role of physical activity in managing depression

National Exercise with Your Child Week: Role of physical activity in managing depression

Depression in teens is fairly common in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2015, about three million American adolescents aged 12 to 17 experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year. Depression affects teens badly as it may contribute to poor interpersonal relationships and impaired physical health. Continue reading

State of Mississippi spent more on institutionalizing than on community services for mentally ill, reveals report

State of Mississippi spent more on institutionalizing than on community services for mentally ill, reveals report

A recent report, authorized by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (MSDMH), has revealed that a major share of the state’s resources was spent on institutionalizing those with mental disabilities rather than on community services for them. The same findings had previously been established by the U.S. Department of Justice. The report was made public Continue reading

Bouldering may help treat depression, shows study

Bouldering may help treat depression, shows study

No one’s life is perfect. Everyone has their share of stresses, worries and tensions. At times, one is able to handle the situation easily, however, there are times when everything becomes overwhelming or the difficult times seem to go on forever. In such a case, the constant stress of dealing with a tough situation can harm a person’s mental health leading to the development of mental disorders like depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. Continue reading

PTSD Awareness Month: Computer-based attention control training can effectively treat PTSD, suggests study

PTSD Awareness Month: Computer-based attention control training can effectively treat PTSD, suggests study

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that affects an individual who has experienced a shocking, scary, or life-threatening event. Typically, the symptoms of the condition, such as flashbacks, bad dreams, scary thoughts, inability to sleep properly and anger outbursts, begin to develop within three months of the traumatic incident, but at times, they tend to appear years later. Continue reading

Mental Health Awareness Month: Alicia Raimundo opens up about her battle with mental illness

Mental Health Awareness Month: Alicia Raimundo opens up about her battle with mental illness

A lot of stigmas is associated with different mental health issues affecting a large number of people across the globe. In a situation where mentally ill people are still looked down upon, Alicia Raimundo, from Toronto, Canada, has shown her mettle by opening up about her journey with mental illnesses. She has done so with an aim to let people know that mental illnesses are more common than they actually think. Continue reading

National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week: Running not only improves health, it’s good for sanity too

National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week: Running not only improves health, it’s good for sanity too

Most people experience mood swings some day or the other, making us feel anxious, depressed, or low. It is normal for a person to experience such emotions as it is possibly a reaction to some potentially dangerous situations. But when such feelings of depression and anxiety persist, it is probably a symptom of developing a mental health condition. Continue reading