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

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

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