Coming to America: Mental perils of Afghan refugees

Coming to America: Mental perils of Afghan refugees

Life in the United States has proved to be a constant struggle for Afghan refugees after being awarded Special Immigrant Visa (SIV). The SIV is awarded to people for services rendered to the coalition forces in the war. But when these refugees discover that their credentials do not count in the U.S. and they must start over, these well-qualified people often feel lost.

With many of these people being doctors, engineers and translators in their homelands, starting a new life in an unfamiliar territory in bug-infested apartments with minimum-wage jobs and lack of understanding of U.S. culture is taking a toll on their mental health. They are now dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, panic attacks and other health problems. Read more

Brian Wilson opens up about his depression

Brian Wilson opens up about his depression

The Beach Boys, one of the most iconic and well-known music groups in the American pop culture, swept the nation in the 1960s with its hits like “California Girls”, “Kokomo” and “Help Me, Rhonda.” The band consisted of Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, their cousin Mike Love and their buddies Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston. 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

Emotional dysregulation observed in borderline personality disorder: Study

Emotional dysregulation observed in borderline personality disorder: Study

Imagine a person who is really happy one moment, but the next moment he is crying profusely or taking a dig at others for no reason. In another scenario, a person is feeling extremely worried about people abandoning him/her, but at the same time finds it difficult to make and keep stable relationships. A person might have intense emotions, but can act impulsively and even do things that could harm him or her. Some might think that people in such situations were undergoing extreme mood swings, but little are they aware that this is a problem of borderline personality disorder (BPD). Read more

Is parental depression associated with preschoolers’ fussy eating habits?

Is parental depression associated with preschoolers’ fussy eating habits?

The constant phase of darkness that parents plunge into during the pregnancy and the formative years of a child’s upbringing may, directly or indirectly, affect physical and mental growth of the child. The depression of parents during the gestation period and the child’s pre-school years has been linked to an increased likelihood of his being a fussy eater, a research at Erasmus University Medical Center in The Netherlands has found. Read more