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Study suggests definite link between parents’ behavior and suicidal thoughts in teens

Study suggests definite link between parents’ behavior and suicidal thoughts in teens

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among teenagers, but it is still difficult to predict exactly what may trigger the suicidal thoughts. Often factors such as an existing mental illness, loneliness, bullying, exposure to violence or trauma, inability to cope with stress or a family history of suicide are cited as some of the leading causes, but the basic parental behavior is often left ignored. Read more

Photography may help alleviate depression by providing powerful insights

Photography may help alleviate depression by providing powerful insights

Over the years, with more insight into depression, people have been developing innovative and creative ways and therapies to deal with mental illnesses like depression. Depression, among the most prevalent mental disorders, can be treated with medication, conventional therapies (e.g. psychotherapy) or modern age therapies (e.g. music, dance and art) depending upon the severity and duration of the problem. Interestingly, many people, including celebrities, also explored photography and highlighted similar therapeutic effects on their condition. Read more

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

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

Advanced level of psychotherapies can ensure early recovery from anorexia nervosa

Advanced level of psychotherapies can ensure early recovery from anorexia nervosa

The standard definitions prevalent in the society of a beautiful body usually revolve around adjectives like lean and thin. And anyone diverging from the norm might not be lucky enough to garner the best of appreciations and praises. With various distorted perceptions of beauty circulating around, the pressure to conform to the fixed parameters of beauty can be overwhelming.

As a result, a large number of people end up feeling ashamed of their bodies instead of admiring and enjoying them. In fact, the stress to have a size zero figure and appear picture-perfect can be incredibly high in the case of youngsters. In several cases, such stress and pressure can even give rise to various mental problems. Read more