PTSD and trauma in women are associated with lupus, finds study

PTSD and trauma in women are associated with lupus, finds study

Mental health is intrinsically linked to physical health. When the mind is happy, the body reacts in a positive way and the person feels happy, energetic and excited. If a person remains sad and anxious, he/she is bound to suffer from physical ailments like acidity and low blood pressure. Studies have found that mental disorders like depression and anxiety are strong predictors of heart disease, high cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and obesity with an increased risk of stroke, diabetes and arthritis. Read more

Cyberbullying turns ugly: Suicide by 12-year-old causes concern for students’ parents

Cyberbullying turns ugly: Suicide by 12-year-old causes concern for students’ parents

While physical intimidation has been a matter of concern for long in the United States, the omnipresent social networking sites (SNSs) have spiked the incidence of cyberbullying. It has emerged as a major threat to the society, particularly for adolescents and young adults. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Cyberbullying Research Center, approximately 52 percent of students reported being cyberbullied in America. Read more

Here’s why working memory fizzles out in schizophrenia

Here’s why working memory fizzles out in schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a chronic mental health condition that affects the memory, feelings, and behavior of a person. Although it may not be a very common mental disorder, its symptoms are quite debilitating in nature, such as hallucination and delusion. The symptoms of schizophrenia usually begin to manifest between 16 and 30 years of age. A schizophrenic’s imagination grows so strong that he is not able to distinguish between the real and the unreal. Among all these, the worst affected is a person’s memory. Read more

Emotional and treatment challenges lead to PTSD in cancer patients

Emotional and treatment challenges lead to PTSD in cancer patients

In 2017, a team of researchers through a scientific paper published in the journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians forecasted 1,688,780 new cancer cases and 600,920 cancer deaths in the United States. The above figures highlight the magnitude of the chronic disease like cancer. Overall, this estimate of new cancer cases is equivalent to over 4,600 new cases of cancer diagnosed each day.

Besides being a life-threatening disease that instills the overwhelming feeling of loss and loneliness, it is a journey full of uncertainties and painful treatment approaches. Therefore, it is common for patients to feel shock, fear, helplessness and/or horror. At the end, it is not easy being a cancer patient. Read more

Months before suicide, August Ames narrated her trauma of sexual abuse as child

Months before suicide, August Ames narrated her trauma of sexual abuse as child

Mental disorders do not discriminate. Anybody, irrespective of age, gender or social status, can suffer from a mental health problem. However, owing to the stigma attached to it, very few talk about it or even seek treatment. Porn star August Ames, who reportedly committed suicide in December 2017, was one of the few personalities who have talked about their struggles with various mental conditions.

Just three months before her death, Ames had opened up about her struggle with bipolar, depression and multiple personality disorder. She also talked about the trauma of sexual abuse that she experienced during her childhood. In a podcast interview, Ames narrated her memories of the sexual assault that caused her depression and became the trigger for bipolar disorder and multiple personality disorder. Read more