Equine therapy: Hope for veterans battling PTSD

Equine therapy: Hope for veterans battling PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) refers to a psychiatric disorder, usually followed by a traumatic experience or life-threatening events such as military combat, terrorist incidents, natural disasters, serious accidents, or physical or sexual torture in adult or childhood. People with PTSD often have to relive those traumatic experiences through nightmares and flashbacks. They experience disturbed sleep and feel detached or estranged from people and surroundings. These symptoms tend to worsen and extend for prolonged periods thereby, adversely affecting a person’s daily life. Read more

National Mental Health Awareness Month: Ways to support and reduce mental health stigma

National Mental Health Awareness Month: Ways to support and reduce mental health stigma

Mental health issues require constant attention as it is a problem that is affecting almost all the countries of the world. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that of the total population of the United States, 43.8 million i.e., 18.5 percent of adult Americans experiences mental illness in a given year and more than 90 percent of children commit suicide out of a long battle with mental illness. One of the main hurdles that is affecting optimum mental health treatment services is lack of awareness and social stigma leaving the sufferers in the dark abyss. Read more

Stress-related problems - Part 1: Psychological and physical impact on women

Stress-related problems – Part 1: Psychological and physical impact on women

Stress is a natural response to any mental or emotional strain exerted on the brain and body. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), stress is the body’s natural instinct to protect itself from the external sources of danger or threat. It is important to know how to deal with major and minor stress episodes that can acutely affect one’s health. Read more

Schizophrenia may begin in the womb, says study

Schizophrenia may begin in the womb, says study

Although scientists believe that several factors contribute to the risk of developing the chronic mental disorder schizophrenia, such as genes and environment, the causes of its existence are still unknown. The interaction between genes and environment are responsible for affecting the development of the brain during various stages in a person’s life cycle. Read more

Risk of suicides highest among older men with co-occurring disorders, finds study

Risk of suicides highest among older men with co-occurring disorders, finds study

A team of researchers from the School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia, Perth, recently conducted a study exploring the risk of suicide among people, especially men, of advanced age. Findings of the study, which were published in the journal Preventive Medicine in December 2016, shows that the risk of suicide is the highest among elderly Australian men suffering from more than one co-occurring disorder. Read more