6 tips for a swift recovery from mental illness

6 tips for a swift recovery from mental illness

Mental illness is a disease that robs away the true identity of people by impacting their cognitive abilities. When afflicted by mental illness, it becomes impossible even for the bravest to continue life like before due to the severe damages to his or her emotional well-being.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in four adults — approximately 57.7 million Americans — has a mental disorder in a year. In fact, one in 17 American adults has a serious mental disorder, such as bipolar disorder, major depression, etc.,  and one in 10 American children lives with a serious emotional disorder. Read more

Exploring link between mental illness and body dysmorphic disorder

Exploring link between mental illness and body dysmorphic disorder

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a distinct mental disorder in which a person is obsessed with physical defects, which may or may not exist. People with BDD are unable to stop thinking about the perceived flaws in one’s appearance. Such a person constantly broods over a physical deformity that is either too minor or not observable by others.

Precisely, people are generally obsessed with the three most important body parts, namely nose, skin and hair. The obsession of checking back on one of these body parts is so consuming that it greatly affects a person’s ability to perform day-to-day activities. People with BDD constantly strive to improve their physical appearance, frequently consulting dermatologists or surgeons, and even opting for a plastic surgery to improve their features. Read more

Shock therapy: A look into some myths and facts

Shock therapy: A look into some myths and facts

Shock therapy, scientifically known as Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), is a form of brain stimulation psychiatric treatment which stimulates the brain by applying brief electrical pulses of varying intensity in order to treat serious mental disorders. During ECT therapy, a brief application of electric stimulus is used to induce seizures in order to provide relief from psychiatric illnesses. This type of therapy is typically contemplated for treating severe, treatment-resistant depression, or if the patient’s illness is not showing signs of improvement with other treatments such as antidepressant medication or psychotherapy. The treatment is also used to cure other mental disorders such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Read more

Risk of mental illness excessively high among the HIV-positive

Risk of mental illness excessively high among the HIV-positive

A lot of progress has been witnessed in the HIV/AIDS treatment domain in recent years. With the availability of lifesaving drugs, the disease has become comparatively less miserable. However, there is enough risk of developing associated illnesses, including mental health disorders, after being infected with the HIV virus. Read more

An overview of major mental health events to be held in 2017

An overview of major mental health events to be held in 2017

Mental health includes an individual’s emotional, psychological and social well-being. Since it affects how a person thinks, feels, acts, handles stress, relates to others and makes choices, it is a prerequisite for the overall well-being of an individual at every stage of life. The fact that mentally healthy individuals are often able to form positive relationships, use their abilities to stretch their potential and deal with life’s difficulties, also proves the importance of staying mentally healthy. Read more