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Young gang members also prone to PTSD, says study

Young gang members also prone to PTSD, says study

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has long been associated with war veterans, who develop this mental disorder due to exposure to violence, bloodshed and mayhem at the war front. However, the condition is also common among female victims of domestic violence, physical assault or sexual harassment. And now, a recent study has identified the mental disorder to be a growing problem among young gang members as well. Read more

Calling young adults ‘snowflakes’ can harm their mental health, finds survey

Calling young adults ‘snowflakes’ can harm their mental health, finds survey

The term — “snowflake generation” — is commonly being used nowadays for millennials who reached adolescence during the early 2000s. The term is generating a discontent among young people because it refers to them as being over-sensitive and taking offense easily. Now, a recent survey suggests that describing the youth as snowflakes can adversely affect their mental health. Read more

Understanding the role of genetics in developing schizophrenia

Understanding the role of genetics in developing schizophrenia

For long, it has been one of the biggest challenges to cure medical disorders like schizophrenia due to the paucity of information, restricting them to only alleviating the symptoms of the problem. Therefore, scientists have been lately focusing a lot on finding the biological and genetic risk factors of schizophrenia and other complicated mental disorders to ensure effective treatment by identifying the target areas. Read more

Recurring head injuries in contact sports may prove costly for players’ mental health

Recurring head injuries in contact sports may prove costly for players’ mental health

The ardent football fans are waiting with bated breath for the commencement of the National Football League (NFL) in Mar. 2018 and wish earnestly for their favourite team to win the tournament. On the other hand, some  people are anxious to see their favourites players play safe and make it to the end of the season unharmed. These include the player’s parents, spouses, children and all dear ones. Despite being a source of entertainment and livelihood, sports can turn into a game of life and death. As a result, the relatives and loved ones of the football players keep biting their nails every time they go out to play due to the constant danger of taking another deadly hit to their head. Read more

Charity using MDMA for PTSD treatment receives $4m from Bitcoin investor

Charity using MDMA for PTSD treatment receives $4m from Bitcoin investor

Ever since German chemist Anton Köllisch synthesized it in 1912, to control abnormal bleeding,  3, 4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine or MDMA has come a long way. Commonly abused in dance parties, concerts and music festivals since 1970-80s, MDMA is now classified as a Schedule I substance due to its high potential for abuse with no medicinal use. The drug, also popularly known as Molly or ecstasy is categorized as a hallucinogen along with LSD and other drugs. The 2016 annual survey of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) on teen drug use reported that 2.7 percent of 12th graders, 1.8 percent of 10th graders, and one percent of 8th graders were past year MDMA users with males living in the city being the highest consumers. Read more