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Study suggests new type of transcranial magnetic stimulation for PTSD treatment

Study suggests new type of transcranial magnetic stimulation for PTSD treatment

A variant of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), intermittent theta-burst stimulation (iTBS), has come up as an effective treatment solution for helping manage and reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), revealed a recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Read more

Young gang members also prone to PTSD, says study

Young gang members also prone to PTSD, says study

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has long been associated with war veterans, who develop this mental disorder due to exposure to violence, bloodshed and mayhem at the war front. However, the condition is also common among female victims of domestic violence, physical assault or sexual harassment. And now, a recent study has identified the mental disorder to be a growing problem among young gang members as well. Read more

Mental Health Month: Bills that await California Assembly’s approval to improve maternal mental health

Mental Health Month: Bills that await California Assembly’s approval to improve maternal mental health

Nina Jacobs had for long cherished the dream of becoming a mother. And when the time finally came, she would be anxious most of the time. Brushing aside her thoughts as the usual “baby blues,” she continued with her routine medical check-ups. After delivery, however, what Nina experienced was in contrast to how a mother feels after childbirth. In fact, she had become a person imbued with distress and apprehension. These feelings crippled her, inhibiting any effort she made to bond with her son. It was only after she consulted a psychiatrist that Nina found out about her postpartum depression. Read more

Calling young adults ‘snowflakes’ can harm their mental health, finds survey

Calling young adults ‘snowflakes’ can harm their mental health, finds survey

The term — “snowflake generation” — is commonly being used nowadays for millennials who reached adolescence during the early 2000s. The term is generating a discontent among young people because it refers to them as being over-sensitive and taking offense easily. Now, a recent survey suggests that describing the youth as snowflakes can adversely affect their mental health. Read more

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