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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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

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

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

Similar yet so different – Part 2: Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder

Any dramatic change in one’s behavior, including drastic mood swings, displays a personality that is in complete contrast to the actual person. Although such a change is largely perceived as sheer madness due to lack of awareness, this is one of the common symptoms of difficult to understand psychiatric illnesses, such as bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder (BPD).
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