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Mental health training for managers can help improve employee well-being, suggests study

Mental health training for managers can help improve employee well-being, suggests study Employee well-being has taken on an entirely different meaning in recent times. It is no longer enough to offer weekly wellness initiatives or deliver annual health lectures. Companies have started incorporating comprehensive employee health promotion measures as part of their core strategies, especially since wellness programs are directly linked to higher work productivity and significant cost savings related to insurance and absenteeism. However, manager support is critical for the successful implementation of such programs. Many managers feel ill-equipped to deal with employee sick leaves, especially if they relate to mental illnesses. Basic mental health training for managers can significantly improve…

Morning sickness in moms-to-be linked to high levels of anxiety in expectant fathers, says study

Nausea and vomiting are among the first signs of pregnancy, affecting 70-80 percent of expectant mothers. Although episodes of vomiting are termed “morning sickness,” they can occur at any time during the day. A recent research by the Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Australia found significantly high levels of anxiety among expectant fathers whose partners experienced mild morning sickness or severe hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). As part of the study, published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology in July 2017, the researchers evaluated 300 expectant fathers’ awareness of pregnancy-related nausea/vomiting and its effect on the fathers-to-be themselves. The research…

Postpartum anxiety as common and distressing as postpartum depression

Compared to the more widely discussed condition of postpartum depression (PPD), severe anxiety after childbirth, known as postpartum anxiety (PPA), has received limited attention from the general population and the scientific community. The symptoms of PPD and PPA are similar, and chances are that someone with one condition may experience the other concurrently. PPA should not be mistaken for worries related to new motherhood – it is as severe a condition as PPD and can cause as much distress. For postpartum women who have never experienced anxiety before, the symptoms can be even harder to recognize. Indicative signs include worrying…

BYU’s quarterback Tanner Mangum shares personal struggle with depression and anxiety

Tanner Mangum defines himself as a “normally optimistic, outgoing, and happy personality.” Behind the happy façade, however, is a man who has been struggling with mild depression and anxiety for several years. In August 2017, Kalani Sitake, coach of Brigham Young University (BYU) Football, announced Tanner’s name as one of the four captains of the college team. This can be considered a sterling achievement by the junior quarterback who only months earlier took to social media to share his “personal battles” with mental illness. Mangum admits that he has found it difficult to describe his depressive condition. At times there…

5 tips to date someone with social anxiety

A lot goes into maintaining a healthy relationship. Both the partners need to put in an effort to ensure that it runs smoothly. This becomes even more essential when someone dates a person affected by anxiety, or more specifically, social anxiety. Certain symptoms, such as sudden anger outbursts, uncontrollable sobbing, zoning out completely, panic attacks, unexplained aches, stress as well as prolonged, chronic anxiety, etc., may become overwhelming for the partner not so affected, affecting the relationship adversely. People with social anxiety can be awesome to be in a relationship with; all they need is their partners’ support to help…

International Day of Friendship – What others don’t understand about making friends while living with social anxiety

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), social anxiety disorder (SAD), also known as social phobia, is the acute fear of undergoing critical evaluation and scrutiny by others in social or performance settings. Although it is often mistaken for shyness, both are completely different conditions. It is estimated that 15 million American adults suffer from SAD. The disorder usually begins in childhood or adolescence and can cause significant disruptions in an individual’s performance at school and in the workplace. SAD also severely impedes the development of friendships and romantic relationships. Friends are an integral part of the…

Fighting mental health stigma with videos and conferences

It is common to see stigmas, such as typecasting, prejudice and discrimination, being associated with mental health disorders, in spite of the fact that one in every four person, around the world, suffers from them. While spreading awareness about mental illnesses, educating others and staying positive, are some of the ways that can help fight these stigmas, there is a lot more that needs to be done. One such innovative and positive step was taken by the Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children’s Hospital, Colorado when they initiated the Youth Action Board (YAB) in 2013. The board, aimed at advising…

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression: Children who witness violence at higher risk of mental illnesses

Every day one comes across numerous reports flooding the news pertaining to violence. People across the world seem to be at cross-purposes and caught up in conflict of one kind or another. Whether it be terrorist attacks, indiscriminate shootings, crimes of violence and disrespect, discrimination, ongoing war in conflict areas, etc. This has lead to an increased sense of insecurity among the people of the world no matter where they live. No one feels safe anymore, not even in their own homes. These feelings of insecurity are not limited to adults, as constant exposure to such violence and incidents also…

Mental Health Awareness Month: Thurman Thomas talks about his daughter’s fight against depression and anxiety

Mental illnesses are widespread and affecting a major population in the United States. Ironically, even when these illnesses are prevalent approximately among one in five adults in the country, there is only a few fraction of people who are ready to speak about mental illness. This is majorly due to the stigma associated with these illnesses. But recently, a father from Western New York has broken his silence and opened up about his daughter’s mental illnesses and her fight to overcome the problems. Thurman Thomas, a professional football player of the National Football League (NFL) who was associated with the…

Troops with PTSD, other mental disorders discharged for misconduct

Isn’t it ironic that the people who are in dire need of help are booted out instead? Unfortunately, they are the ones entrusted with the security of the nation – the soldiers of America. Amidst the concern of increasing incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among the Americans, especially veterans, a detailed scrutiny of the Department of Defense (DoD) data shows that more than three-fifths of the servicemen discharged for misconduct actually suffered from PTSD, traumatic brain injury (TBI) or associated conditions. According to the May 2017 report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), 57,141 of the 91,764 service…
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