What it means to be a mental health ally and advocate

What it means to be a mental health ally and advocate

Anyone can be afflicted with a mental disease at any stage in life. It doesn’t discriminate on the basis of gender, caste or age. It has become a common occurrence experienced by millions worldwide. An estimated one in five people in the United States suffers from some form of mental illness every year as per the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Besides suffering from the actual symptoms of their conditions, people have to face something else which is perhaps worse – stigma, ridicule and discrimination. Read more

Helping a loved one manage bipolar disorder

Helping a loved one manage bipolar disorder

Managing bipolar disorder is difficult not just for the patient but for the caregiver as well. In fact, the situation is more challenging for the caregiver as he or she could never be sure of how the sufferer would behave the next moment. Read more

Uninteresting urban environments negatively impact mental health

Uninteresting urban environments negatively impact mental health

Imagine a workplace which is situated in a dull and an impersonal building, which in turn is surrounded by duller and boring buildings. Sounds depressing? A growing body of psychological research is providing evidence that unimaginatively built-up environments, commonly referred to as concrete jungles, indeed affect mental health. The argument put forward by researchers is that individuals thrive in interesting situations filled with activity and diversity. People working out of trendy spaces, or those whose workplace is located in an area with cafes, restaurants and retail stores are happier compared to people working out of monotonous, box-like buildings.     Read more

Early detection of mental disorders possible by deciphering warning signs

Early detection of mental disorders possible by deciphering warning signs

“What frighten us adults is what frightened us as children.”

Before a mental illness gets blown out of proportion, it is important to keep an eye on the mental health of children and adolescents to identify the warning signs. In fact, several studies have now come out with the finding that the onset of many mental illnesses, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), etc., begin right during the growing phase of childhood or adolescence. While this has been proven in case of autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), proofs are constantly emerging even in case of other mental illnesses. Read more

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: Unhealthy Relationships

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: Unhealthy Relationships

The innocence of childhood romance with its fantastically high expectations can lead a teenager to misconstrue reality and suffer from devastating effects when the romance cools off. Most, if not all of these relationships, end on a positive note even serving as chances for learning life skills like managing intense emotions, negotiating heated disagreements and dealing with heartbreak, pain and loss. Read more