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

World Autism Awareness Day: Understanding the needs and rights of children suffering from ASD

One among 68 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC), Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM). To turn the focus of the world on the burgeoning problem of autism that affects millions of children all over the world, “World Autism Awareness Day” is observed on April 2 every year. Considering that autistic children face communication problems and difficulties in social interaction, it is important to raise awareness about the disorder, its early diagnosis and timely intervention. Continue reading

Excessive social media use can lead to social isolation and mental problems

It feels good to be connected. Most people take to social networking sites to connect with like-minded people or those with similar interests or with friends and relatives. It is a good way to stay in touch with people living far off. The interlinking between various social networking sites has helped people gain access to more information. This has drastically altered the way people communicate and do business. However, spending more time on various social media platforms might also increase the chances of feeling isolated on a social level, says a recent study.
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International Women’s Day: Lovato to get Artistic Award of Courage for sharing her battle against bipolar disorder

The fear of stigma and discrimination often tends to prevent people, especially women, from opening up about their mental health problems that might be making their lives miserable. More and more information is being shared about treating psychiatric disorders as important as physical disorders for a happy life. This has helped in spreading awareness and enhancing the understanding about mental problems. As a result, many Americans, including celebrities, are encouraged to seek necessary help and share their struggle with psychological illnesses, a topic once considered a taboo and discussed only in hushed tones. Singer, songwriter and actress Demi Lovato is one of them who has shown the courage to defy societal norms and speak aloud about her mental health issues. Continue reading

Ethnic discrimination pushes doctors to overlook symptoms of ADHD diagnosis: Study

Every nation strives to attain equality among its people, but not all have been able to curb the discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, language, religion and economy. No matter much how one stays in denial, the impact of racism is palpable with incidents of discrimination being reported regularly across the world, including the United States. Continue reading

Aerobic exercises help manage schizophrenia symptoms

Schizophrenia is a chronic mental health condition which affects more than 1.1 percent of adult American population, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). It affects a person’s thoughts, causes disorganized speech, memory problems, delusions and hallucinations. Though treating schizophrenia is tough, various ways care being adopted to manage and treat its symptoms. Continue reading

Things to know about body dysmorphic disorder

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a clinical condition that affects people, irrespective of the age group or gender. It is a relatively common mental disorder characterized by an individual’s distressing preoccupation with real or perceived flaws in his or her appearance. People with this body image disorder cannot just stop thinking about the flaws, which is either too minor or not noticeable at all.  Continue reading

Unhealthy diet of moms-to-be may cause ADHD in children: Study

Inattention, impulsivity, or hyperactivity are some of the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and are attributed to genetic traits or complex neurological differences seen in brain development. While more studies are being carried out to understand the factors behind the growing prevalence of ADHD among American children, scientists from the King’s College London and the University of Bristol have associated unhealthy dietary habits of moms-to-be with the risks of ADHD in their children. Continue reading

Detecting hearing problems in kids can help in early diagnosis of autism: Study

The complex brain development disorder, characteristic of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), affects nearly 1 percent of the world population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, nearly one in 68 American children was diagnosed with ASD in 2012.

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