Bipolar disorder may heighten risk of cardiovascular diseases, says study

Bipolar disorder may heighten risk of cardiovascular diseases, says study

Bipolar disorder (BD) is a mental health disorder which leads to unusual changes in mood and activity and energy levels thus affecting an individual’s ability to perform their daily activities. It is characterized by mood swings ranging from periods of extreme depression to periods of extreme elation and energized behavior. 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

Warning signs of suicide

Warning signs of suicide

Every suicide is a personal tragedy that prematurely takes the life of an individual and has a perpetual ripple effect by dramatically affecting the lives of families, friends, etc. People committing suicide or exhibiting suicide ideation generally show some clues or signs of their miseries to their loved ones. Overall, an array of factors plays a critical role in convincing a person to commit suicide. Read more

Mental health struggles of bisexual individuals

Mental health struggles of bisexual individuals

Opening about one’s sexual orientation is associated with many risks, despite greater acceptance and awareness among people. Bisexual individuals struggle with a lot of mental distress, because there is lack of enough resources and support compared to what is available for gay, lesbian and transgender individuals say reports. Unfortunately, lesbian, gay or straight communities do not treat bisexuals kindly.

According to a report published in The Washington Post in September, 2017, the 40th annual LGBT Funders Report for 1970-2010 found that of the $487 million meant for programs and organizations serving the LGBT population, just $84,000 was disbursed to groups that served bisexuals. The report also mentioned that various researches show that bisexual individuals have higher rates of depression and anxiety. 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