Mental disorders that are often misdiagnosed

Mental disorders that are often misdiagnosed

People suffering from mental illnesses shy away from seeking help fearing ridicule from their loved ones. Those who do go to a doctor to discuss their problem and get a better control of their lives may sometimes not be diagnosed correctly or get the right treatment. The steps for analyzing mental health disorders are mostly dependent on the identification of symptoms through various interviews and evaluations, although laboratory tests are done to rule out possibilities of co-occurring physical illness. Read more

Hitting the gym can improve mental health

Hitting the gym can improve mental health

It is a universal truth that regular exercise has several health benefits for both the body and mind. Regardless of one’s age or gender, exercise helps in improving one’s health by alleviating cardiovascular issues and back pain, repairing the damages caused by harmful toxins and boosting mood.

Overall, toiling on the mill can be at times fatiguing; however, it is worth the pain if those few hours of weariness can assist in calming a disturbed mind. Often considered as effective as antidepressants, exercise helps in releasing the feel-good chemicals like endorphins in the brain, which assist in triggering happiness and alleviating stress. Read more

Idea of masculinity: Hindrance to seeking help for mental illness

Idea of masculinity: Hindrance to seeking help for mental illness

Gender has always been one of the decisive factors associated with how people are treated in the society, whether it is with opportunities, resources, services or response to individual needs. Since the society has preconceived notions about who a man is and what a “real man” should do and behave like, many a times, men hesitate to talk about their problems and grievances openly with anyone. It may even have a devastating effect if they suffer from a mental illness. A man is not supposed to cry, complain and lose control of themselves. The society expects them to be strong and assertive.  Read more

Anti-LGBT legislation and social prejudice lead to mental disorders in LGBT people

Anti-LGBT legislation and social prejudice lead to mental disorders in LGBT people

In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court passed a landmark judgment which gave same-sex couples the right to marry in any U.S. state. This was one of the biggest victories for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Although the highest court has ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, the LGBT community continues to be discriminated against in several U.S. states. Mental health experts have found a direct correlation between discrimination induced by anti-LGBT movements and mental health disorders among LGBT people, including depression, anxiety and attempted suicide. Read more

Prevalence of dysphoric mania: Threat to an individual’s mental health

Prevalence of dysphoric mania: Threat to an individual’s mental health

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), nearly 2.9 percent of the U.S. population is diagnosed with bipolar disorder every year. A more complex form of bipolar disorder is dysphoric mania (also referred to as mixed mania or mixed symptoms), which is characterized by the simultaneous occurrence of mania and depression. Such a condition increases the likelihood of extreme behaviors which can leave the individual drained of energy. Read more