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Advanced level of psychotherapies can ensure early recovery from anorexia nervosa

Advanced level of psychotherapies can ensure early recovery from anorexia nervosa

The standard definitions prevalent in the society of a beautiful body usually revolve around adjectives like lean and thin. And anyone diverging from the norm might not be lucky enough to garner the best of appreciations and praises. With various distorted perceptions of beauty circulating around, the pressure to conform to the fixed parameters of beauty can be overwhelming.

As a result, a large number of people end up feeling ashamed of their bodies instead of admiring and enjoying them. In fact, the stress to have a size zero figure and appear picture-perfect can be incredibly high in the case of youngsters. In several cases, such stress and pressure can even give rise to various mental problems. 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

Minority stress: A key stressor behind increased mental disorders among LGBT people

Minority stress: A key stressor behind increased mental disorders among LGBT people

“I can’t let anyone find out that I’m not straight. It would be so humiliating. My friends would hate me; I just know it. They might even want to beat me up. … I guess I’m no good to anyone . . . not even God. Life is so cruel and unfair. Sometimes I feel like disappearing from the face of this earth.” – Excerpts from the diary of 16-year-old Bobby Griffith scribbled by him two weeks before committing suicide. 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

Knowing why scorekeeping is unhealthy for relationships

Knowing why scorekeeping is unhealthy for relationships

Scorekeeping invariably enters a relationship, whether it is between siblings, friends, partners or co-workers. However, regularly doing so can create barriers and spoil the charm. The harm could be to an extent that irrevocable differences might crop up. Therefore, it is important to review the relationship dynamics from time-to-time. If two people are always trying to get even with each other, it is better to reach a consensus and make things cordial. Read more