Mental Health

Understanding an adjustment disorder

Stress is part of everyday life. When a particularly stressful event rears its ugly head – such as losing a job or being diagnosed with cancer – most people suffer, struggle and then gradually adapt to the situation. Some people, however, experience harmful symptoms that last far longer than they should. The effects of such…

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Can trauma help us grow?

It is usually believed that trauma affects mostly those in the military. However, in reality trauma happens all the time, everywhere and to everyone, including everyday Indians. According to rough estimates, the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in India is nearly 33 percent. Social scientists, who study how trauma affects people, have determined that…

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Understanding Psychosis: Symptoms, Causes, Risk Factors and Diagnosis

Psychosis is a serious mental health disorder characterized by hallucinations and delusions. Also known as psychotic disorder, it affects nearly 1 million people every year in India. A person suffering from psychosis is unable to distinguish between his symptoms and the reality. It affects their thought process and opinions. Hallucinations are sensory experiences that may…

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Increased social media usage may lead to depression and anxiety, suggests another recent study

With social media becoming an increasingly important part of nearly everyone’s life, it has become necessary to understand its effects on people. Keeping this objective in mind, the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) and Young Health Movement (YHM) published a report titled #StatusofMind. The report collated the response from approximately 1500 respondents, in the…

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Here’s how art therapy can help heal the effects of trauma

According to rough estimates, 70 percent of adults experience at least one traumatic experience in their lives. Of these, 20 percent may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Further, one in every 13 adults will develop PTSD in their lifetime. India has a 28 percent prevalence score for PTSD. This is much higher than the official…

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