MIN-101: A novel compound capable of reducing negative symptoms of schizophrenia

MIN-101: A novel compound capable of reducing negative symptoms of schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is among the top 10 debilitating conditions for young adults worldwide that often interferes with an individual’s ability to think clearly, distinguish reality from fantasy, manage emotions, make decisions and connect with others. Read more

Supporting employees with mental disorders by implementing appropriate provisions

Supporting employees with mental disorders by implementing appropriate provisions

Oftentimes, employees are reluctant to disclose about their mental health issues to their managers or employers, which can add fuel to the fire. The escalation in poor mental health has become one of the biggest issues in the workplace today. This includes the most commonly experienced symptoms of stress and anxiety, to more complex conditions like depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), etc. Such life-disruptive conditions lead to other major problems like loss of productivity, diminished motivation, increased absenteeism and so forth.  Read more

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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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