PCOS Awareness Month: How PCOS is related to mental health

PCOS Awareness Month: How PCOS is related to mental health

PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome is one of the most commonly reported causes of infertility in women. The symptoms of this disorder are manifested as hirsutism, excessive androgen, absent or infrequent ovulation and menstruation, facial and body acne. In addition, women with PCOS struggle with many mental health disorders like anxiety and depression.

Since this disorder is engulfing more and more women, the month of September is observed as PCOS Awareness Month to disseminate awareness and promote research, diagnostic and management methods. Read more

Getting to understand different types of cognitive distortions

Getting to understand different types of cognitive distortions

Cognitive distortions are simply the way people use their mind to convince themselves of something, which in reality might not be true. It is just a way of conditioning or preparing the mind so that one does not feel bad about himself/herself. People often believe that their thoughts are rational and accurate, but in reality, these are generally negative and might lead to unwarranted outcomes. Read more

How unfavorable environment spikes stress of LGBT people

How unfavorable environment spikes stress of LGBT people

“I can’t let anyone find out that I’m not straight. It would be so humiliating. My friends would hate me; I just know it. They might even want to beat me up. I guess I’m no good to anyone . . . not even God. Life is so cruel and unfair. Sometimes I feel like disappearing from the face of this earth.”

The above heart-rending lines scribbled by 16-year-old Bobby Griffith in his diary bring forth the less-discussed aspects of homosexuality. It not only pushes a person into an abyss, but also steadily isolates him or her from loved ones. Upon realizing his sexual preference, Bobby Griffith attempted to acknowledge himself and discover some solace amidst his family and community in California. But to his horror, his family, fraternity, religion and friends found his sexual preferences abhorrent and bizarre. Read more

5 statements to be avoided while dealing with people suffering from PTSD

5 statements to be avoided while dealing with people suffering from PTSD

Dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be challenging and when a loved one is struggling with this disorder, caution must be exercised to avoid hurting or offending the sufferer. PTSD might manifest as a panic attack, a flashback, extreme anxiety, palpitations, etc. It usually develops when one witnesses or undergoes a trauma like war combat, sexual assault, natural disaster, death of a loved one, and so on. Read more

Lesser known facts about paraphilic disorders

Lesser known facts about paraphilic disorders

Paraphilic disorders are incomprehensible disorders wherein patients exhibit unhealthy and disordered sexual behaviors. The inability of such people to explain their constraints and challenges to others further exacerbate their condition. Such inexplicable disorders are a major source of stress that accelerate a range of mental disorders like depression.

A number of paraphilic disorders affect a multitude of people, irrespective of  class, demography, race, ethnicity, etc. Such conditions inflict  distress not only to individuals but also on the society. Although a number of such disorders have been identified and diagnosed by medical professionals, the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) highlights only eight specific paraphilic disorders that include exhibitionistic disorder, frotteurism, sexual masochism disorder (SMD), voyeuristic disorder, sexual sadism disorder, pedophilic disorder, fetishistic disorder and transvestism. Another such bizarre and peculiar fetish is an exhibitionistic disorder that is prominent among males. Read more