People with serious mental illnesses at risk of premature death

People with serious mental illnesses at risk of premature death

Mental illnesses account for a larger proportion of disability in developed countries than any other group of illnesses, including cancer and heart disease, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A chronically mentally ill person can perish earlier than a person without any mental disorders, say various studies. It has been estimated that for a mentally ill person, the lifespan is 25 to 28 years shorter than the average life expectancy. Read more

Tackling antidepressant discontinuation syndrome

Tackling antidepressant discontinuation syndrome

You may be prescribed antidepressants by your doctor for anxiety, depression or moodiness. However, as soon as you get relief and start felling better, you might no longer need your antidepressants. But sometimes, once you discontinue, you suddenly get stomach pain, flu, unrealistic thoughts, etc. Some other problems might include sensory and movement disturbances like imbalance, tremors, vertigo, dizziness, and electric shock-like experiences in the brain. Such symptoms are not normal as you might be a victim of antidepressant discontinuation syndrome. Read more