Tips for a single mom to maintain sound mental health

Tips for a single mom to maintain sound mental health

“(24/7) once you sign on to be a mother, that’s the only shift they offer,” said Jodi Picoult, author of “My Sister’s Keeper.” The quote aptly describes the perennially ardent routine of a mother that gets more challenging if she is a single mother. There is no denying the fact that it is a blessing to be a mother. However, rearing a child single-handedly and working to ensure that the child gets the best of everything growing into a well-rounded individual can get emotionally and physically exhausting at times. For some single moms, not high on fortitude and endurance, the stress can compound and make one susceptible to a host of mental problems. Read more

4 critical facts about anosognosia

4 critical facts about anosognosia

Millions of people across the globe are struggling with mental problems, but because of stigma and discrimination attached to these illnesses, many people consciously prefer to remain in denial and as a result, reject the diagnosis and do not reach out for support. However, when one is afflicted with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia or a bipolar disorder, it is possible that one might be unable to think clearly or perceive that there is some problem. This lack of insight is known as anosognosia, one of the worst symptoms of a mental illness. Some of the important facts about anosognosia are discussed here: Read more

MRI scans detecting chemical imbalance may predict schizophrenia, finds study

MRI scans detecting chemical imbalance may predict schizophrenia, finds study

A chronic and severe mental health condition, schizophrenia is characterized by a patient’s detachment from the real world with typical symptoms including hallucinations (apparent perception of something not present), delusions (unreal thoughts), unusual or dysfunctional ways of thinking, and movement disorders. Despite its low prevalence in the adult population of the United States, schizophrenia exerts tremendous health, social and economic burden on patients, families, caregivers and society. Read more

MRI scans detecting chemical imbalance may predict schizophrenia

MRI scans detecting chemical imbalance may predict schizophrenia

A chronic and severe mental health condition, schizophrenia is characterized by a patient’s detachment from the real world with typical symptoms including hallucinations (apparent perception of something not present), delusions (unreal thoughts), unusual or dysfunctional ways of thinking, and movement disorders. Read more

Older people perform better on ‘Happiness Subscale’ than youngsters, finds study

Older people perform better on ‘Happiness Subscale’ than youngsters, finds study

For a long time, old age has been associated with despair and unhappiness. However, there are many people for whom aging is not all bad. Instead, it becomes a key to happiness and bliss for them. Older adults tend to be more positive and optimistic, as observed by a 2016 study titled “Paradoxical Trend for Improvement in Mental Health With Aging: A Community-Based Study of 1,546 Adults Aged 21-100 Years.”

In the study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, the researchers showed that although older adults witnessed a rapid deterioration in their physical and cognitive health, there was linear improvement in their mental health. The elderly people were rated higher on the Happiness Subscale, as well as on the reverse-coded Anxiety Scale and the Depression Scale. They also fared better on various other parameters, such as the level of well-being, happiness, satisfaction with life, and susceptibility to mental disorders like depression and anxiety. Read more