In order to keep you informed of the latest developments in the mental health field, our writers work hard to produce informational blogs to keep you up to date. Our blogs cover a variety of subjects relevant to mental health.

Refer to this page periodically for new blogs contributing current information on treatment and medications in the field of mental health.

Hypersexuality & hyposexuality: Other side of bipolar disorder

November 14th, 2017 | Rachael

Sexual problems, such as hypersexuality and hyposexuality, often fail to generate the desired attention from psychiatrists despite the extensive psychosocial problems. Whereas risky sexual behavior (hypersexuality) and decreased sexual drive (hyposexuality) are consequences of mental illnesses like bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is often characterized by an extreme change of mood between feeling ecstatic, lively and […]

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What can stress do – Part 4: Work-related stress related to certain cancers

September 1st, 2017 | Rachael

The relationship between stress and disease is complex and even mysterious. The impact of stress on health, including both mental and physical health, varies from person-to-person. On one hand, genetic predisposition, gender, coping mechanism, personality and social support play a key role in determining the way stress manifests and leads the development of an illness. […]

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Is melancholia a sign of mental disorder?

August 21st, 2017 | Rachael

Von Trier’s 2011 movie “Melancholia” was inspired by his tryst with depression. True to its name, the plot of the movie centered on the bride Justine who suffered from melancholia and was looked after by her sister Claire. Even literature is replete with many characters who supposedly suffered from melancholia. For example, Ophelia, the doomed […]

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Increasing suicide rates in rural America

July 28th, 2017 | Rachael

Some of the common mental disorders that afflict thousands of people from across the globe, every year, are closely linked to suicidal tendencies. Mental health patients are victims of the stigma, which inhibits them from seeking help and forces them to give up. According to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released by the […]

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The “HiTOP” approach to diagnose mental disorders

July 12th, 2017 | Rachael

Despite the humongous progress that medical science has made over the last few years, psychiatric illness diagnosis has not advanced much. Even technologies like brain scans and genetic analysis are inadequate to complement objective test-based diagnosis. Probably that is why psychiatrists largely conclude their diagnosis basis the interpretations drawn from the self-reported symptoms of patients. […]

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Schools’ contribution in spreading awareness about mental health problems

July 5th, 2017 | Rachael

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately one in every five adults in America suffer from a mental disorder, i.e., around 43.8 million in a given year. Unfortunately, only 41 percent of those suffering from a mental illness received treatment in the previous year. The reasons for the prevalence of undiagnosed or […]

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Are genes to blame for mental illness?

May 19th, 2017 | Rachael

Most of the time the blame for psychiatric diseases is inadvertently put on the stresses of life. As a result, the role of biological vulnerability in increasing the risk of developing mental disorders remains neglected and less discussed among the medical fraternity and the common masses. Since the brain is one of the most complex […]

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Bipolar disorder during pregnancy indicates hospitalization of newborn Medicaid recipients

May 1st, 2017 | Rachael

People suffering from bipolar disorder usually need treatment for their unusual shifts in energy and mood levels that make it difficult for them to carry on with their daily chores. The situation becomes tricky if women are detected with bipolar disorder during their pregnancy. A recent study has revealed that the impact of bipolar disorder […]

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Creative tasks may improve psychological health

April 26th, 2017 | Rachael

Spending time on small, everyday creative tasks such as baking or cooking is considered therapeutic; it leads to greater happiness, enthusiasm and a relaxed state of mind. A study, results of which were published in the Journal of Positive Psychology in January 2016, suggests that people who frequently engage in small, creative activities are more […]

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Colorado Senate passes bill covering workers compensation for PTSD

April 21st, 2017 | Rachael

The International Association of Fire Fighters claims that nearly 20 percent of firefighters and emergency medical responders in the United States suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), compared to 3.5 percent of the general population; approximately 19 percent of firefighters have harbored suicidal thoughts at some point in their careers, and 15.5 percent have attempted […]

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