Individuals diagnosed with HIV are at higher risk of mental health issues

March 31st, 2017 | Rachael

For most people, the world seems to end when they discover that they are HIV positive. Although a lot of advances have been made in treating physical symptoms of HIV, mental health issues have not received the same level of importance. Living with an HIV positive status comes with its own challenges, and these can […]

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High cardiorespiratory fitness proves to be a protective factor against depression

March 24th, 2017 | Rachael

“If you are in a bad mood go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk.” ― Hippocrates Overall, millions of Americans are known to suffer from depression each year; in fact, the problem has magnified so much that this mental health problem has emerged as the leading […]

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Social media badges: New way to offer support for mental illness

March 22nd, 2017 | Rachael

Kat Selwyn Layton, a 28-year-old mental health advocate from North Carolina, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was 19 years old. Layton found it tiresome to hide her condition from others. The death of actress Carrie Fisher on December 27, 2016, inspired Layton to start an online movement to end the prejudice against mental […]

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Social media wreaking havoc on Americans’ mental health

March 20th, 2017 | Rachael

Social media is a powerful tool for professional and personal purposes helping to build connections with old and new friends, share news and pictures of the fun times and create opportunities for businesses from around the globe to collaborate and share information with consumers. Its resourcefulness has resulted in an increase in its usage by […]

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Country’s youth voicing mental health concerns

March 20th, 2017 | Rachael

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), many mental health illnesses start during adolescence, particularly around the age of 14 and reaches 75 percent by the age of 24. Since the early years are mostly spent in school, the kind of environment that children are exposed to have a strong impact on their […]

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Mental health and well-being – Part 4: Children in foster care more likely to suffer from mental problems

March 15th, 2017 | Rachael

The foster care system usually depicts the negative aspects of foster parents and foster care. However, foster care is surrogate care of children beyond their own home by people who are not their biological or adoptive parents or legal guardians. These children may be taken care by relatives in place of family members involved in […]

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Depression: Don’t ignore the physical signs

March 14th, 2017 | Rachael

While talking about or treating depression, the focus is mostly only on emotional aspects such as mood swings, dejection, pessimism and gloominess. Depression, which is accompanied by changes in brain activity, can impair bodily functions and also exacerbate the risk of developing certain physical illnesses.

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Mental health and well-being – Part 3: Need to overcome eating disorders for a happy life

March 7th, 2017 | Rachael

Eating disorders are mental disorders with serious debilitating impact on health, productivity, and relationships. According to the “Epidemiology of Eating Disorders,” published in 2011, 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States suffer from a clinical eating disorder at one point in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder […]

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