Eating disorder isn’t just women’s problem; identifying its signs in men

Eating disorder isn’t just women’s problem; identifying its signs in men

Although there is a general perception that eating disorders only afflict women, studies have proved that men are also vulnerable to the condition. Irrespective of whether it is due to the misogynistic views of the society or a swelling male ego, where men project themselves as superior to women, conditions like eating disorders do not discriminate. Rather than helping their cause, this kind of stereotyping inflicts more harm than doing any good to men. It only makes men hesitant to seek help for their problems, more specifically for mental illness. Read more

Mental health in America - Part 3: Coping with psychosis in college

Mental health in America – Part 3: Coping with psychosis in college

Psychosis is a severe mental disorder where the individual loses touch with reality. In the United States, approximately 100,000 adolescents and young adults experience psychosis every year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Symptoms of psychosis are common among the college population. Some of the symptoms include hallucinations, problem of hearing voices and feeling paranoia. These sensory experiences can occur even without the presence of an actual stimulus. Read more

Mental health in America – Part 2: Half of the mentally ill US population go untreated

Mental health in America – Part 2: Half of the mentally ill US population go untreated

Every year, millions of Americans are diagnosed with some kind of mental illness. According to National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) in 2014, an estimated 43.6 million people aged 18 or more (18.1 percent of the adult population) were reported to have any mental illness (AMI). What is even more staggering and puzzling is that nearly half the population with mental disorders does not receive the mental health care they require.
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Take a break from social media for good mental health

Take a break from social media for good mental health

There are times when various social media platforms start dominating one’s life to such an extent that the virtual world gets to rule the real world. According to the statistical portal Statista, an estimated 80 percent population in the United States has a social media profile, amounting for around 207 million social network users in 2016.
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Mental health in America – Part 1: States with least access to mental health care report highest rate of incarceration

Mental health in America – Part 1: States with least access to mental health care report highest rate of incarceration

Mental illnesses in a person might be accompanied with some form of substance abuse in order to cope with the mental problem. Due to the complexity of co-occurring disorders, there is a high probability for people with mental health problems to be confronted by the police or law enforcement agencies instead of receiving medical help. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), roughly 15 percent men and 30 percent women with serious mental health conditions are booked into jail. Subsequently, 2 million people with mental illnesses sit in jail and prison every year.
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