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New app “Happy” seeks to provide emotional support to people with mental disorders

January 19, 2018 Mental Health

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New app “Happy” seeks to provide emotional support to people with mental disorders The last few years have seen an emergence of digital health technologies (DHTs) which have been developed for individuals with mental illnesses. Of these DHTs, smartphone apps constitute the largest share. A body of past research indicated high levels of usability and effectiveness of such apps. It was observed that users were generally engaged with these technologies and used them for monitoring their health and symptoms. For patients with mental disorders, receiving emotional comfort and support is among the most vital aspect in the treatment of their conditions. Traditional sources of emotional support – family, friends and even psychiatrists –…

Effective ways to combat negative body image

effective-ways-to-combat-negative-body-image Body dissatisfaction, a predominant problem among women, is associated with a range of psychosocial difficulties and disorders like body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), eating disorders and severe depression. The problem of body dissatisfaction varies from the mild feeling of unattractiveness to extreme preoccupation with one’s physical appearance that impairs functioning and social behavior in daily life. Compared to males, women and adolescent girls are more conscious about their body due to the social status attached to their appearance. They consider their body size, much like their weight, as a decisive element of their personality. Due to their obsession for becoming slender…

Childhood trauma, mental illness and chronic pain among main causes of Minnesota’s opioid epidemic

Childhood trauma, mental illness and chronic pain among main causes of Minnesota’s opioid epidemic No single cause can be attributed to the spiraling opioid epidemic in the United States. Doctors are guilty of overprescribing opioids for better pain management, pharmaceutical companies have been accused of fueling the epidemic to increase revenues, and socioeconomic reasons like unemployment, poverty and lack of health insurance are among the multiple factors which have been directly linked to the crisis. Just like the other American states, Minnesota also saw an alarming increase in drug overdose deaths, particularly related to opioids. A recent statement by Governor Mark Dayton highlighted that opioid overdose deaths had increased by 430 percent since 2000,…

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Meeting mental health needs of human trafficking survivors

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Meeting mental health needs of human trafficking survivors Human trafficking is a global problem. The 2016 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), highlighted that “victims are trafficked along a multitude of trafficking flows; within countries, between neighboring countries or even across different continents.” The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) defines human trafficking as a “crime that involves exploiting a person for labor, services, or commercial sex.” According to the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC), a part of the DOJ, the physical and psychological abuse experienced by human trafficking victims…

New Year resolutions for people in mental health and addiction recovery

New Year resolutions for people in mental health and addiction recovery The new year has just begun and many people might be striving to fulfil their resolutions. It is that time of the year when people reflect on what they did last year, think about their achievements and shortcomings, and use this knowledge to set new goals. Everyone has some plans and some might have even started implementing them. But the beginning of the year is especially critical for those in recovery from mental health and substance abuse. Making resolutions to improve mental health and leave the addictive habits, and consistently making an effort in sticking to them can make a…

Test anxiety can seriously impact students’ performance

Test anxiety can seriously impact students’ performance It is natural for students to experience some level of anxiety before tests. However, for some of them, it can become an acute and debilitating condition characterized by symptoms like rapid heartbeat, nausea, inability to concentrate, feelings of dread and racing thoughts. Some students may even experience a panic attack. Such a condition, known as test anxiety, can seriously impact, and even negate, the hard work put in by students in the weeks/months leading up to tests. According to the American Test Anxieties Association (ATAA), nearly 16-20 percent students experience high test anxiety and another 18 percent suffer from moderately-high…

Singer Julia Michaels reveals her anxiety issues

Singer Julia Michaels reveals her anxiety issues An occasional bout of anxiousness is a normal part of life. Thus, anxiety is a mental condition that almost everyone experiences at some point in life, but at different levels. However, when one starts feeling an extreme and tenacious sense of worry and distress about the smallest of things of life, it is time to sit up and take some measures. In such a case, there is a high probability of one suffering from an anxiety disorder. Many a times, a traumatic situation or event can play an important role in developing anxiety disorder in an individual. For many, it…

Obsolete and scarce treatment pose significant barriers to recovery from dual diagnosis

Individuals with dual diagnosis – having substance use disorders along with mental health disorders – have to deal with a complex set of challenges not only related to symptoms of the problem but also regarding access to treatment. Besides facing extreme scarcity of treatment services, people suffering from dual diagnosis often encounter obsolete and ineffective practices like requiring sobriety treatment before seeking mental health treatment. Without effective treatment options, dual diagnosis patients may take opioids and other drugs to alleviate various symptoms, including depression, paranoia and hallucinations. The problem escalates in states like Arizona where service providers are thought to…

Non-renewal of CHIP funding will leave 2 million children without insurance

Non-renewal of CHIP funding will leave 2 million children without insurance The objective of Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) administered by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is to provide coverage for physiological and psychological conditions, such as addition and mental health, to children who are otherwise not covered by Medicaid. For the millions of children living with substance use problems and comorbid mental health issues in the United States, CHIP had been a savior for years. An extremely popular program, CHIP’s outreach is nearly 9 million. Unfortunately, the program is in the doldrums. The likelihood of it being shelved is high as the government has not…

‘Mini-brain’ research suggests schizophrenia originates during early pregnancy

December 13, 2017 Mental Health

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‘Mini-brain’ research suggests schizophrenia originates during early pregnancy Schizophrenia, a chronic and severe mental disorder with extremely disabling symptoms, has been mischaracterized and misunderstood for possibly thousands of years. Current medical treatment for schizophrenia has only been able to provide symptomatic relief since the causes remain unidentified. Various studies have implicated different brain regions in the development of this debilitating mental illness. While symptoms usually first appear among adolescents or young adults, a recent study provides evidence that schizophrenia is caused by a fundamental alteration in the formation and structure of the brain which occurs very early in development. The findings, published in the journal Translation Psychiatry in…
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