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5 sportspersons with OCD

5 sportspersons with OCD The existence of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) among sportspersons is largely an unexplored terrain, but it is nevertheless prevalent. Most players engage in pre-match practices or rituals, which are supposed to bring them luck. While for some it could be as simple as kissing their bat or wearing their lucky wrist band, for others it could be something else. Apart from fixation with colors and clothes, some sportspersons also show a preoccupation with numbers. In some, the severity of the symptoms could be such that they get to experience panic and anxiety in case they do not follow the rituals to…

As students suffer from overwhelming anxiety, colleges struggle to provide counseling services

As students suffer from overwhelming anxiety, colleges struggle to provide counseling services The transition from high school to college is a life-changing experience for most youngsters. The excitement of being on the cusp of adulthood and independence is often offset by the many stressful situations which emerge in college. These situations frequently lead to the development of mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. Students with pre-existing mental illnesses may find their symptoms either worsening due to college pressures or developing into more serious disorders. As per the 2017 annual report of the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH), college students seeking mental health services in the 2016-17 academic year reported…

Website promotes trauma-informed approach to help childhood trauma victims in Omaha communities

Website promotes trauma-informed approach to help childhood trauma victims in Omaha communities Cities, counties and communities across the United States are increasingly promoting a trauma-informed approach to address the impact of trauma and facilitate healing. One such city is Omaha in Nebraska, which has been undertaking meaningful initiatives to make its communities safe, supportive and engaging. Project Harmony, a not-for-profit child advocacy center based in Omaha, recently launched “Trauma Matters Omaha,” a collaborative website committed to understanding trauma and its impact on communities. Traumatic events can have a significant impact on people, irrespective of their age, gender or socioeconomic status. Experiencing these events during childhood can change the trajectory of an individual’s…

Using technological interventions to manage workplace mental health

March 29, 2018 Health

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Using technological interventions to manage workplace mental health Over the last few years, organizations have been placing greater emphasis on employees’ emotional well-being and mental health. Despite having workplace mental health policies, employers often face challenges in their successful implementation. Rather than being preventive, many of these initiatives are reactive. There is also limited understanding and the absence of best practices related to workplace mental health programs. More importantly, workplaces still have a high level of stigma associated with mental health which discourages employees from seeking help. To overcome many of these challenges, organizations have started investing in digital technologies to help employees manage their emotional and mental…

Internet-based treatment for depression effective in short term only, finds study

Internet-based treatment for depression effective in short term only, finds study Mental health experts advise a holistic treatment for major depression by including medications and psychological support to those affected by the condition. The combined treatment method helps prevent relapse in patients. However, some experts suggest an alternative method — internet-based version of preventive cognitive therapy (PCT) – to prevent worsening of depressive symptoms or relapse. Now, a recent study suggested that mobile cognitive therapy (MCT), which is internet-based version of PCT, is effective in preventing relapse in individuals with depression in short term only. In the study, a group of researchers tried to find if the provision of cognitive therapy…

Effective enforcing of IDEA vital for helping children with mental health impairments

March 26, 2018 Mental Health

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Effective enforcing of IDEA vital for helping children with mental health impairments Children with disabilities –including physical disabilities, psychiatric disorders, emotional and behavioral problems, and learning disabilities – are eligible to receive additional academic accommodations. One of the three United States federal laws governing special education needs of children with disabilities is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Key requirements of IDEA stipulate that American states and local school districts must offer “free appropriate public education” (FAPE) to children aged 3-21 with disabilities, and provide an individualized education program (IEP) to eligible children in the “least restrictive” environment. Instances of recent mass shootings have reignited the debate on the effectiveness of…

Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net accused of violating False Claims Act

March 20, 2018 Mental Health

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Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net accused of violating False Claims Act Big players in America’s health insurance industry are not strangers to lawsuits and penalties for a wide range of reasons. In recent years, several insurance companies have been under siege for withholding payments to drug rehab centers for months under the pretext of investigating fraudulent claims. Now, a former medical data contractor worker has accused several insurers, including Health Net and Anthem Blue Cross, of violating the False Claims Act (FCA), according to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. According to Anita Silingo, a former employee of MedXM, these insurers submitted inflated data on health assessment…

Unable to bear her son’s frequent outbursts, Parkland shooter’s late mother considered relinquishing parental rights

Getting hit with the plastic hose of a vacuum cleaner. Losing three teeth due to a punch in the jaw. Witnessing fur Getting hit with the plastic hose of a vacuum cleaner. Losing three teeth due to a punch in the jaw. Witnessing furniture and utensils being flung across the room. Tolerating abusive language and being threatened by a gun. Lynda Cruz, the now-deceased adoptive mother of Parkland, Florida high school shooter Nikolas Cruz, endured her son’s violent outbursts and erratic behavior for several years. An unnamed family source recently disclosed that Lynda found herself torn between the love for her sons (Nikolas and his adoptive brother Zachary) and the inability to tolerate their behavior. Lynda, who passed away Nov. 1, 2017…

People with generalized anxiety disorders respond faster to heart attack symptoms, finds study

People with generalized anxiety disorders respond faster to heart attack symptoms, finds study People with anxiety disorders experience various emotions, such as dread, apprehension, restlessness, along with being constantly alert regarding a nonexistent threat. These emotions, which may not have any rational basis, can cause severe disruptions in an individual’s daily life functions. They also exert significant stress on the heart and increase the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Surprisingly, these emotions may actually protect chronic anxiety-affected individuals who experience a medical emergency such as a heart attack. Researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Helmholtz Zentrum München (HZM) – the German Research Center for Environmental Health – used data…

OCD self-treatment app to launch new Android version with more features

OCD self-treatment app to launch new Android version with more features The makers of nOCD, a free self-treatment app designed to assist individuals struggling with symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), recently reiterated their commitment to launch the Android version of the app in 2018, and add more features to the existing app. The app is currently available only on iOS, the mobile operating system deployed on products offered by Apple. The new development and enhancements are being made possible by the $1 million funding received by nOCD in February 2018. Founder and CEO of nOCD Stephen Smith decided to create the app in 2016 when he found that existing mental…
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