Impact of social environment on mental health

Impact of social environment on mental health

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental disorders affecting millions of Americans today. While scientists and doctors attribute the causes to genes, family history, changes in brain chemistry and substance abuse, environmental factors and interpersonal relationships also play an important role in inducing stress and increasing an individuals’ susceptibility to mental disorders. Read more

How parents can help children with mental disorders

How parents can help children with mental disorders

Parenting is a challenging task that never ends. Parents have to deal with their children’s behavior, mood fluctuations, personality changes, health issues and education. The role becomes even more challenging during the years of adolescence when, due to external influences and brain development, they become more vulnerable emotionally and mentally. The difficulties for parents multiply when there is a risk of their child developing a mental health disorder. Worrying about the triggers and their child’s everyday functioning that can deteriorate their mental well-being can leave parents overwhelmed with fear. Read more

Easy accessibility of firearms risky for youth with mental health problems

Easy accessibility of firearms risky for youth with mental health problems

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in 2014, firearm injuries contributed to 63.7 percent suicides and 32.8 homicides. It also reported that in 2015, firearms were the most common method of suicide among American males. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), it was also the most common form of suicide among females      (33.4 percent) in the same year and accounted for nearly 50 percent of total suicides (22,018). Read more