Spanking during childhood linked to mental health problems in adulthood

Spanking during childhood linked to mental health problems in adulthood

An old idiom that has been used to justify corporal punishment for generations is “spare the rod, spoil the child.” Usually, corporal punishment exists in the form of spanking with a range of objects, such as a paddle, stick, cane, hairbrush, etc.

Some of the common forms of punishment include hitting the buttocks using a paddle or stick (also known as swaddling), slapping with an open palm on the face, pinching anywhere on the body, caning or striking with an implement (e.g., belt, slipper, cane, hairbrush, etc.), and many more. When the punishment takes place in the home, normally parents or legal guardians reprimand their children for some undesirable behaviors. Read more

Identifying suicidal individuals by determining specific brain response to emotional words

Identifying suicidal individuals by determining specific brain response to emotional words

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide emerged as the 10th leading cause of death in the United States in 2015 claiming the lives of over 44,000 people. Given the large number of casualties due to suicide, it is regarded as a public health crisis.

While suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between 15 and 34 years of age, it stood third among individuals between the ages of 10 and 14. Thus, suicide appears to be one of the biggest risk factors among adolescents and young adults. The trend is only increasing as noted by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH).  Unfortunately, many people are still reluctant sharing their inner fears with others and continue to remain in the denial mode. Read more

Traumatic experiences among PTSD patients can lead to suicide attempts, says study

Traumatic experiences among PTSD patients can lead to suicide attempts, says study

Whenever an incident or event steers a person toward extreme stress that affects his or her ability to cope with the circumstance, it is referred to as a traumatic event. Depending on an individual’s personal experience, the kind of trauma experienced could be both psychological and physiological in nature. Read more