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Mental health problems among girls and young women go beyond social media and body image

Mental health problems among girls and young women go beyond social media and body image Most discussions regarding mental health concerns among girls and young women tend to focus on problematic social media use, body image issues and school-related problems. Although these are common issues affecting the mental health of this section of the population, the risk of other issues cannot be overlooked. Some of the defining moments of 2017 involved the countless stories of sexual abuse/assault and the #MeToo movement. Women who survived incidents of sexual abuse were considered the hidden face of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Sexual harassment is not restricted to the workplace or the community/society – increasing instances of sexual…

Pennsylvania lawmaker Justin Simmons reveals long battle with OCD

Pennsylvania lawmaker Justin Simmons reveals long battle with OCD Pennsylvania state Representative Justin Simmons, who dropped out of congressional race in November 2017, recently talked about his struggles with mental illness. Overcoming all hurdles, including stigma associated with mental conditions, Simmons posted a video on his campaign’s Facebook page, talking in detail about obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) he has been suffering from since childhood. Simmons confessed that it was not the easiest thing for him to talk about as it was an illness not understood by most people. Simmons, 31, took the bold step, saying that his coming forward would bring awareness about the mental condition and help someone…

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…

Mental health spending, an unavoidable necessity

President Trump and Republican Congressional leaders are considering a cut of $880 billion in federal funds from Medicaid over the next 10 years to tame the healthcare juggernaut. According to Kenneth E. Thorpe, a guest columnist at Daily News, a professor of health policy at Emory University and chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, such a move signals a shift of burden from federal taxpayers to state taxpayers. He further elaborates that states could be expected to spend more than $70 billion on mental health conditions in the coming 15 years. Mental health has become a serious problem…

Mental illness and drug abuse common in pregnant women misusing opioids

Opioid use and misuse are a big health concern among the American population, including pregnant women who take prescription medicines during gestation period without consulting any certified medical practitioner. While these women continue to abuse painkillers notwithstanding their disastrous effects, a recent research revealed that pregnant women using opioids for non-medical reasons were at a higher risk of suffering from mental illnesses and co-occurring substance abuse problems. The study, titled “Nonmedical Use of Prescription Opioids among Pregnant U.S. Women,” by the School of Public Health suggested how non-medical use of opioids during gestation phase can result in harmful effects for…

Mental Health Awareness Month:Men suffering from acute depression least likely to seek intervention

Different people express their emotions differently. Added to this,gender also plays a role in how people choose to talk about their feelings. So far society deems the idea of bottling up emotions central to masculinity, which has resulted in most men not being able to express their feelings openly. Being stoic in men is widely appreciated, with society admiring their cool and collectednature,and disparaging the idea of them seeking help for their emotional breakdowns. To inform people about the potential mental illnesses that may affect them and the fact that treatment is possible, the United States observes the “Mental Health…

Brain Injury Awareness Month: Traumatic head injuries may raise risk for mental illnesses

  Head injuries are common and even a road crash caused or a minor accident may lead to it. However, when the injury reaches the next level, affecting the brain, it may even prove to be dangerous. Even if it is not life-threatening always, the effects of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can last really long, depending on the severity of the injuries. The problem might result in a brief spell of lost consciousness or aggravated conditions of amnesia, which in turn may affect the mental health of the victim. To educate people about various TBIs and their impact on mental…

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Overweight people at greater risk of eating disorders, says study

Even though eating disorders have long been stereotyped as women-related ailments, the reality is that they are prevalent across genders and affect a large number of people. According to a new study, a person’s body weight is a highly consistent predictor of eating disorders. Researchers at the University of Michigan also observed that as compared to men, there was a higher prevalence of objective binge eating among women but there was a similar prevalence of compensatory behaviors. According to the researchers, weight status is the most consistent analyst of eating disorder risk with more symptoms observed in overweight or obese…

Lesser Known Facts about Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), also known as Alzheimer’s, is a brain disorder that slowly destroys a person’s memory and thinking skills eventually ruining his/her ability to perform even the smallest of tasks. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, approximately five million Americans are living with AD as of now, a figure which is projected to reach 16 million by 2050.

Mental Health in America – Part 4: Improving state of mental health care in America

Mental health includes a person’s social, emotional and psychological wellbeing. As per the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in every five American adults experiences mental illness in a year. When left untreated, mental illnesses can impact the state budget and can lead to a range of unwanted incidents like increase in homelessness, incarceration and violence. An estimated 26 percent homeless adults living in shelters have severe mental illnesses and nearly 46 percent have severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. As the final part of the series “Mental Health in America,” we share a few insights into ways…
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