Spanking during childhood linked to mental health problems in adulthood

Spanking during childhood linked to mental health problems in adulthood

An old idiom that has been used to justify corporal punishment for generations is “spare the rod, spoil the child.” Usually, corporal punishment exists in the form of spanking with a range of objects, such as a paddle, stick, cane, hairbrush, etc.

Some of the common forms of punishment include hitting the buttocks using a paddle or stick (also known as swaddling), slapping with an open palm on the face, pinching anywhere on the body, caning or striking with an implement (e.g., belt, slipper, cane, hairbrush, etc.), and many more. When the punishment takes place in the home, normally parents or legal guardians reprimand their children for some undesirable behaviors. Read more

What is so unique about ADHD

What is so unique about ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most prevalent mental disorders globally, characterized by an inability to focus, pay attention, or control one’s hyperactive or impulsive behavior, which can interfere with the normal development and functioning of the affected individuals. Although initial symptoms of the disease start appearing during childhood, there are numerous cases where people suffered from the disorder even during adulthood. Read more

Conditions wrongly categorized as mental illness-1: Autism

Conditions wrongly categorized as mental illness-1: Autism

Mental illnesses have always had a stigma attached to them. Not only are they generally misunderstood but misdiagnosed as well. For instance, children suffering from neurological disorders which further hamper their physical or mental growth are sometimes thought to be mentally unstable; adults suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are labeled as psychologically weak; and others who are not only ill-treated by the society but also branded as mentally sick without any real mental problems. Read more

Symptoms of bipolar disorder occur in childhood

Symptoms of bipolar disorder occur in childhood

Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme mood swings and changes in an individual’s energy levels. While these symptoms are often ignored by many, they can have a serious impact on an individual’s life. As per the Mental Health America (MHA), over 3.3 million American adults suffer from bipolar disorder every year. Read more

Differentiating autism from mental illness

Differentiating autism from mental illness

With limited knowledge about mental illness, people often tend to consider any disability or abnormality as a mental disorder. When little is known, it becomes difficult for someone to differentiate between various conditions which often leads to misdiagnosis of diseases. Autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is one such condition that is often misunderstood as a mental disorder. Read more