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

Double-dealing toward mental disorders– A major hindrance for employees with bipolar disorder

Double-dealing toward mental disorders– A major hindrance for employees with bipolar disorder

The surge in mental health disorders has become one of the biggest issues in the workplace today. This includes the most commonly experienced symptoms of stress and anxiety to more complex conditions like depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), etc.

Such chronic and life-disruptive disorders have the potential to affect the life of both employees and employers. Due to employees’ poor health conditions, employers often have to face a number of repercussions, such as increased absenteeism, burnout, decreased motivation, loss of productivity, etc. Read more

Instagram becoming a breeding ground for poor mental health, says new study

Instagram becoming a breeding ground for poor mental health, says new study

Instagram is the new flavor over the Internet. Capturing the moments and sharing them immediately while getting a peek into lifestyle of celebrities is what people seem to love about the platform. Probably that is why the number of active Instagram users in the United Sates is expected to reach 83.6 million in 2018, according to a forecast from Statista, the statistics portal.

As of April 2017, Instagram, the mobile photo and video-sharing application, had around 700 million monthly active users worldwide, a rise of 100 million from December 2016 figures, with an estimated 77.6 million users in the United States alone. The Statista expects this figure to reach over 116 million in 2020. However, the rise in Instagram users is co-related with increase in mental health problems, as a recent study has brought about detrimental effects of using the app on users’ overall well-being. Read more

Subtle mental health symptoms that should not be ignored

Subtle mental health symptoms that should not be ignored

Everybody goes through ups and downs, but some people are resilient enough to effectively cope with the routine pressures of life while some become a victim of those burdens. Very often, it is easier to identify a physical distress in the form of a headache, stomach ache, flu, etc., but symptoms like anxiousness, stress, sleep deprivation are often swept under the rug. Moreover, people happen to be so engrossed in their routine that many a times, they don’t even realize that they are struggling with a mental problem that needs attention. Read more