Psychodynamic psychotherapy: Less popular but effective for treating mental disorders

Psychodynamic psychotherapy: Less popular but effective for treating mental disorders

Looking at the deteriorating mental health of the young and old in the country, health advisors must be in a fix about what best they can do to help the suffering. While the diagnosis is most commonly based on patients’ self-reported symptoms, and the doctor’s knowledge and experience, traditional forms of treatment are focused on behavioural and mood aspects. A combination of psychotherapy, medication and support groups works for many individuals. However, a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for all, which opens up a lot of possibilities for improvement of such treatments through research. Read more

Maternal smoking during pregnancy inflicts burdensome neurodevelopmental disorders

Maternal smoking during pregnancy inflicts burdensome neurodevelopmental disorders

Pregnancy is one of the most critical phases that determines the overall well-being of the child. Any indulgence in high-risk practices like smoking and drinking can inflict irreversible damages on the unborn child. Such habits also sow the seeds of some of the genetic diseases or birth defects. In many cases, women have also witnessed the traumatic death of their babies due to the development of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

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Sleep deprivation can affect the mind in various ways

Sleep deprivation can affect the mind in various ways

In the current hectic life, a large number of medical practitioners and medical experts are recognizing sleep as an essential ingredient for the public health. This is particularly because snoozing the alarm button has become a regular morning habit for many people. Although it may be a tempting and adventurous idea to be awake until late in the night, it may increase the risk of developing serious mental health issues like anxiety, depression, etc. Read more

Caregivers of older patients with bipolar disorder at risk of mental illnesses

Caregivers of older patients with bipolar disorder at risk of mental illnesses

Family caregivers play a major role in long-term care responsibilities without pay or compensation. There could be various adverse effects of a family member taking care of a mentally ill person, including impaired quality of life, loss of productive time, financial stresses and less time for leisure and socializing. Some of the possible debilitating effects on a caregiver include elevated stress and depression, poorer self-rated health, chronic medical condition, increased use of antidepressants and tranquilizers, and a higher occurrence of hospitalization. Read more

Study finds no link between smoking during pregnancy and mental disorders in offspring

Study finds no link between smoking during pregnancy and mental disorders in offspring

The negative impact of smoking on the physical health of an individual is a medical fact and its impact on the mental well-being of babies of expecting mothers who smoke has also been recorded. In fact smoking by expectant mothers has been linked to various mental disorders by past research. One of the previous studies drew a link between maternal smoking during pregnancy and mental disorders such as bipolar disorder in the offspring, who were at twice the risk of suffering from the problem. Read more