How are a good night's sleep and mental health connected?

How are a good night’s sleep and mental health connected?

A good night’s sleep can work wonders for a person’s physical, emotional, and mental health. Sleeping allows the brain and the body to rest giving them the time to recuperate and rejuvenate. This is the reason why most elders would insist on a good night’s sleep before taking any major decisions or appearing for major exams.

Mental health and sleep have a bidirectional relationship. People suffering from mental health disorders find it difficult to sleep and poor sleepers are prone to develop mental health disorders like depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and other similar conditions. Scientists also believe that treating sleep disorders can help in treating mental disorders and managing their symptoms. Read more

All you want to know about couple’s therapy

All you want to know about couple’s therapy

Marriage is not just about staying together. Though easier at first, it requires an equal amount of effort and work from both the partners to make it successful. Being sensitive to each other’s needs, likings, thoughts, and habits and accepting these is as important as the decision to stay together. Read more

Importance of living a happy and stress-free life

Importance of living a happy and stress-free life

Mental health problems are a taboo in every society. The discrimination associated with mental disorders, owing to the stigma surrounding them, often prevents one from opening up freely about their condition. However, the secret of leading a happy and successful life lies in fighting the prevailing stigma and emancipating oneself from the consequences of serious mental health conditions. Read more

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

Bottlenecks in mental health services – Part 1: California’s shortage of psychiatric bed impacts mental treatment

Bottlenecks in mental health services – Part 1: California’s shortage of psychiatric bed impacts mental treatment

Shortage of psychiatric beds in state mental facilities across the nation is negatively affecting the treatment of people with severe mental illness. This is forcing people suffering from mental illness to get lodged in emergency rooms, hospitals and jails while they wait for their treatment. As per experts, the practice of shifting patients with severe mental illness to other wards makes the patients receive little or no mental health service. Read more