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

Dealing with caretaker burnout

Dealing with caretaker burnout

Caring for a loved one with a chronic illness involves an effort from all quarters – emotional, physical and mental. However, with time, the mental toll of caring for a loved one can snowball, deteriorating the health of the caregiver, leading them to a stage of burnout. And when the caretaker reaches that stage, it is neither good for the loved one nor for the caretaker. Read more

Magnetic seizure therapy may help reduce suicidal thoughts in bipolar disorder

Magnetic seizure therapy may help reduce suicidal thoughts in bipolar disorder

The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) defines bipolar disorder as a maniac depressive disorder characterized by periods of intense depression followed by an excessively happy or elevated mood known as a maniac period. Bipolar disorder is a severe mental condition which is debilitating and also lasts a lifetime. Read more

New health care system proposes 24X7 treatment for mental health and substance use disorders

New health care system proposes 24X7 treatment for mental health and substance use disorders

Elected officials to the San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, Matt Haney and Hillary Ronen, have announced a new health proposal to take care of mental health and addiction patients. Mental Health SF, as the plan is being called, is set to provide 24×7 free treatment for mental health disorders as well as substance use disorders. If approved the plan is set to be the first of its kind to be set up in the U.S. Read more

Nurses offer to help overcome shortage of mental healthcare workers

Nurses offer to help overcome shortage of mental healthcare workers

Millions of Americans struggle with mental health disorders every year. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), in a given year, at least 1 in 5 Americans grapple with a mental illness, which corresponds to 47.6 million people. However, approximately 57 percent of American adults dealing with a mental illness do not receive treatment. While some choose not to seek treatment due to the social stigma associated with mental health, others cannot afford it. Read more