Children growing up in cities without pets more likely to develop mental illness, says study

Children growing up in cities without pets more likely to develop mental illness, says study

People who live in the countryside with pets are more resilient to stress and mental health problems compared to people who lead a pet-free life in cities, suggests a recent study by researchers from the University of Ulm in Germany and the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder. The researchers attributed the overall well-being of countryside people to their efficient immune systems due to the exposure to animals and bacteria-laden dust. Continue reading

Man dies in custody after taunted by cops for faking mental illness and denied treatment

Man dies in custody after taunted by cops for faking mental illness and denied treatment

The latest video footage shared by the Cleveland County jail and Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department in Oklahoma shows the callousness of police officers toward a man suffering from mental illness who later died in custody. As per police records, on Jan. 16, 2018, Marconia Kessee (35) was arrested by Master Police Officer Kyle Canaan and Officer Daniel Brown for trespassing at Norman Regional Hospital. According to the officers, Kessee was arrested on grounds of his refusal to leave the hospital post his treatment. Found to be medically fit for incarceration by the doctors, Kessee, however, died two hours later in a cell at the F. DeWayne Beggs Detention Center. Continue reading

No more solitary confinement for Ontario’s prisoners with mental illness

No more solitary confinement for Ontario’s prisoners with mental illness

The Government of Ontario in Canada and the Human Rights Commission of the province have signed an agreement to discontinue the practice of placing inmates with mental illnesses in solitary confinement, except under exceptional circumstances. The process of tracking and gradually ending the practice will begin with immediate effect. The accord order, issued by the Ontario’s Human Rights Tribunal, will apply to all 26 correctional facilities across the province. Continue reading

How PTSD affects physical health

How PTSD affects physical health

“PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.” – Susan Pease Banitt                                                                        

Author, therapist and trauma expert, Susan Pease Banitt has rightly said that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating condition that can have an incapacitating effect on a person’s mental and physical health. There is no greater anguish than being traumatized by a nerve-racking event, day and night, taking the serenity away from an individual’s life. Continue reading

5 psychotherapies to treat geriatric depression

5 psychotherapies to treat geriatric depression

At times, it is normal to find elderly people sitting quietly in some part of the house or in a garden. It is probably their way to find solace and peace from the continuous hustle-bustle of life. But this may not be the case every time! When a senior citizen frequently displays such behavior and is often found feeling sad and low, it is probably the development of depression, termed as geriatric depression (GD) in the elderly. Continue reading

Bipolar man sets himself ablaze to get back at ex-girlfriend

Bipolar man sets himself ablaze to get back at ex-girlfriend

Social media has changed the way we communicate and exchange thoughts. However, its platforms, such as Facebook, and its various features such as Facebook Live are now being increasingly used for unintended purposes. In one such incident that took place in Memphis, Tennessee, on May 13, 2017, a 33-year-old, popular local musician, died after setting himself on fire in a suicide that he streamed it live on Facebook. Continue reading

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt to support mental health campaign for youth

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt to support mental health campaign for youth

Michael Phelps, a decorated U.S. Olympic champion, and Allison Schmitt, an eight–time Olympic medalist, will serve as the Honorary Chairpersons of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA), National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (NCMHAD) event. The event is scheduled to be held on May 4, 2017, Thursday, at the Jack Morton Auditorium, in the George Washington University. Continue reading

Pot use in adolescence linked to schizophrenia, finds study

Pot use in adolescence linked to schizophrenia, finds study

It has long been known that schizophrenia, a psychotic disorder caused by an imbalance in the brain’s chemical reactions, has genetic roots. Now, a new study suggests that the chronic mental condition may be precipitated by environmental factors such as cannabis use. According to the study, smoking pot or using cannabis in other ways during adolescence may serve as a catalyst for schizophrenia among people susceptible to the disorder. Continue reading

Personality disorders that are mental illnesses – 2: Histrionic personality disorder

Personality disorders that are mental illnesses – 2: Histrionic personality disorder

The manner an individual behaves defines his or her personality. While some people are always cheerful, exuding confidence and adaptability, a few others are aggressive most of the times, often posing significant problems for their relationships and the society. But, whatever be the personality type, every individual is expected to follow the social norms and behave in a particular way, in accordance with one’s social group or culture. Continue reading