Identifying warning signs of suicide

Identifying warning signs of suicide

According to a 2014 report by the World Health Organization (WHO), every 40 seconds, a person attempts to take his life, or commits suicide, in some part of the world. Suicide is the second leading cause of death, globally, occurring among the age group of 15-29 years, according to the WHO. On an average, about 112 people in America die from suicide each day. Thus, there has been an unprecedented increase in the suicide rate over the past several years. Read more

Conditions wrongly categorized as mental illness-2: Insomnia

Conditions wrongly categorized as mental illness-2: Insomnia

There is nothing worse than a restless mind at night. Wandering incessant thoughts, keeping awake all night without a wink, difficulty in falling asleep, tiredness during daytime, can be the signs of a sleep disorder, is they occur persistently. Commonly known as insomnia, lack of proper sleep often causes restlessness, worries, depression and irritability. Improper sleep affects a person’s physical health. However, more significantly, it affects one’s mental condition and stability as well. Read more

Types of psychotherapies treating mental illnesses- Part 4: Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Types of psychotherapies treating mental illnesses- Part 4: Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Mental health disorders often go undiagnosed until the patient exhibits extreme behavioral changes. While there are many treatments to relieve mental illness, psychotherapy is considered to be one of the most effective. Psychotherapy, commonly known as talk therapy, consists of patient and therapist asking questions and exchanging information. The therapist makes a diagnosis and treats the patient according to that diagnosis. Read more

Types of psychotherapies treating mental illnesses- Part 2: Motivational Interviewing

Types of psychotherapies treating mental illnesses- Part 2: Motivational Interviewing

Treating mental disorders is a painstaking process. While there are medicines and drugs available to cure mental conditions, psychotherapies are actually a preferred mode of treatment since such disorders often affect an individual’s behavior. Amongst them, motivational interviewing has emerged as a popular form of psychotherapy to deal with the change in health-related behaviors due to mental illness. Read more

Ways in which writing boosts mental health

Ways in which writing boosts mental health

The daily stress caused by some aspects of life in the 21st century can affect people physically and also affect mental health. Continuous exposure to stressful conditions such as one’s workplace can lead to mental health disorders such as depression or anxiety. Read more