Anxiety and Depression Plagues Musicians Seven Times as Much as Others

by Natasha Tracy  -  December 5th, 2016

Anxiety and Depression Plagues Musicians Seven Times as Much as Others preview

It’s easy to understand how the anxiety of stage fright would be common among musicians but what might not be as obvious is that depression is also a frequent problem among musicians according to a new study out of the United Kingdom. Can Music Make You Sick, a survey by Help Musicians UK, shows that 71.1% of responding musicians have suffered from panic attacks and/or high levels of anxiety and 68.5% of responding musicians have suffered from depression.

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Exercise Can Help the Mental Health of Kids

by Natasha Tracy  -  October 17th, 2016

Exercise Can Help the Mental Health of Kids preview

Most people know that adults need to work to maintain their mental health but few realize mental health is important in kids, too. While some think that childhood is entirely a feel-good time, it’s actually the case that about one in five children have a mental health challenge. In fact, millions of American children struggle with depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome and many other mental health concerns.

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Pokémon Go Improving Mental Health? What about Addiction?

by Natasha Tracy  -  August 8th, 2016

Pokémon Go and mental health preview

There have been widespread reports the Pokémon Go phenomenon is helping peoples’ mental health. Specifically, because Pokémon Go is getting people outside and many of them are interacting with others, people are claiming that it is helping depression and anxiety disorders in real life. But can people become addicted to Pokémon Go?

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One Question Identifies Teens at High Risk of Alcohol Abuse

by   -  July 18th, 2016

Teens Alcohol Abuse Risk preview

Teenagers and alcohol is a dangerous combination but professionals are working hard to develop assessment questions that can identify teens at risk of abusing alcohol.

A new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health in the United States, has found that a single question can assess whether a teen likely has a drinking problem.

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Syrian Refugees and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Major Concern

by   -  April 4th, 2016

Syrian Refugees and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Major Concern preview
Syrian refugees face many challenges, but one that may be underestimated is the presence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in some Syrian refugees. Considering the atrocities many Syrian refugees have experienced, PTSD, a serious mental illness, is a major concern.

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New Schizophrenia Genetics Breakthrough

by   -  February 15th, 2016

New Schizophrenia Genetics Breakthrough preview
While there continues to be controversy in some circles over the biological nature of mental illnesses like schizophrenia, this argument may soon to be put to rest with a new genetics breakthrough regarding schizophrenia.

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The New Year Can be a Clean Slate for the Mentally Ill, Too

by   -  January 11th, 2016

The New Year Can be a Clean Slate for the Mentally Ill, Too preview
When you wake up in the New Year, you may look at everything like it’s fresh and new. It’s why people make New Year’s resolutions – because the New Year can be an opportunity for us to turn the page and start anew.

However, if you wake up on New Year’s Day and you have the same mental illness as last year, thinking of January 1st as a clean slate can be much more difficult.

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The Link Between Diabetes and Mental Illness

by   -  November 16th, 2015

The Link Between Diabetes and Mental Illness preview
People with diabetes have enough health concerns to deal with as do people with mental illness. Unfortunately, research shows that those with diabetes have a greater chance of also having a mental illness and those with a mental illness have a greater chance of having diabetes. In other words, if you have both, you’re certainly not alone.

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Bipolar Disorder and Teens: What You Need To Know

by   -  November 2nd, 2015

by Aleutie
by Aleutie
The teenage years are already defined by some pretty intense mood swings. While this is a fact of life, there are cases when parents should take note and even take action. For families with a history of Bipolar Disorder, children are 9x more likely to also develop it; typically becoming symptomatic between the later teenage years and into early adulthood.

There are several factors that can contribute to Bipolar Disorder. Some of them include genetics, abnormal brain structure and brain function, and even other anxiety disorders.

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Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Program in the Workplace Launched

by   -  October 19th, 2015

Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Program in the Workplace Launched preview
Many people feel the sting of mental illness stigma in the workplace so a workplace mental illness anti-stigma campaign is certainly a welcome addition. And the government of Newfoundland and Labrador agrees and have launched the second phase of a campaign entitled “Understanding Changes Everything" that focuses on reducing stigma surrounding mental illness and addiction in the workplace.

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Will the New Facebook Dislike Button Harm Your Mental Health?

by   -  September 28th, 2015

by Mattz90
by Mattz90
Facebook is finally responding to users’ requests and adding a “dislike" button to Facebook posts. Just like the “like" button, users will soon be able to click a button to “dislike" a post. But the question is, is this new dislike button on Facebook going to harm people’s mental health? Will the dislike button actually make people feel better or worse when using this social media site?

Why Add a Dislike Button to Facebook?

“. . . people have asked about the dislike button for many years. Today is a special day because today is the day I can say we’re working on it and shipping it,"

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Protecting Your Mental Health If You’re on the Ashley Madison List

by   -  September 8th, 2015

Protecting Your Mental Health If You’re preview

This article was written by award-winning writer and speaker, Natasha Tracy. Please refer to the first article: Online Cheating Can Have Real-World Consequences, Even Suicide

If you’ve found yourself caught up in one of the biggest data breaches in history – the publication of 37 million Ashley Madison members’ information – you’ll likely be worried about the fallout. Some people are resigning from their jobs after being found on the list of members of the adultery website while other sources say that outed members will likely be fired.

But one thing you may not have thought of in all the scandal of the Ashley Madison mess is your mental health. If you’re on the Ashley Madison List, how do you protect your mental health?

The Ashley Madison List and Suicides

Being published on the Ashley Madison list has actually be linked to suicides and that is simply never okay. No matter what a person may have done on a website, it’s not worth ending a life over.

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Online Cheating Can Have Real-World Consequences, Even Suicide

by   -  August 31st, 2015

This article was written by award-winning writer and speaker, Natasha Tracy. In the next article, she will offer the tips about How to Protect Your Mental Health If You’re on the Ashley Madison List

One of the largest data breaches in the world – the Ashley Madison hack of 30 million records – has proven that actions taken online on an adultery website have real-world consequences, too. Of course, after an alleged cheating partner is discovered, relationship separations and even divorces can occur, but worse than that, even hate crimes and unconfirmed suicides have resulted from the Ashley Madison hack. Online cheating actions are not made in a vacuum, they affect lives of spouses, children, and other loved ones in the real world as well.

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What Are Negative and Positive Symptoms in Schizophrenia?

by   -  July 27th, 2015

Negative and Positive Symptoms in Schizophrenia preview
Schizophrenia is a serious brain disorder that affect about 1% of people worldwide. Schizophrenia affects the way a person thinks, feels, and perceives the world around him or her. The symptoms of schizophrenia include both positive and negative symptoms. “Positive" and “negative" do not refer to the symptom’s benefit or lack thereof but, rather, the nature of how they affect the person with schizophrenia. Positive symptoms are additions to consciousness (such as hallucinations) whereas negative symptoms are decreases in functionality (such as poverty of speech). In addition to positive and negative schizophrenia symptoms, there are also cognitive and mood symptoms to schizophrenia.

Positive Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Positive symptoms include symptoms of psychosis. Hallucinations and delusions are the primary symptoms of psychosis.

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Genes for Depression and Bipolar in Women May Have Been Found

by   -  June 29th, 2015

Genes for Depression and Bipolar preview

This article was written by award-winning writer and speaker, Natasha Tracy.

According to researchers out of the University of California, specific genes for bipolar disorder and depression in women may have been found. While the genes themselves are not newly-located, their role in mental illness in a general population of women was not previously known. However, due to study of 144 samples, researchers are now saying that these genes may be the basis on which a blood test could be made to test for major affective disorders (depression and bipolar disorder) in women.

Basis for Study of These Genes and Major Affective Disorders in Women

It is known that an extra X chromosome frequently causes psychiatric symptoms in people with rare genetic diseases Klinefelter syndrome and Triple X syndrome.

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Mental Health and “Game of Thrones”: Narcissists Oh My!

by   -  May 25th, 2015

by outsiderzone
by outsiderzone
Mental health probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your mind when you think Game of Thrones, and according to licensed mental health counselor Colleen Jordan, that’s probably a good thing because Game of Thrones is full of sociopaths, borderlines, narcissists, alcoholics, and people suffering from delusions. Character by character, mental illness is plotted throughout Westeros. Characters we love and characters we love to hate are all there in their mentally ill glory.

And while in real life that wouldn’t be any fun, in Westeros it sure makes for great drama.

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Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

by   -  May 14th, 2015

Borderline personality disorder (often shortened to BPD) is a mental illness that negatively affects one’s thoughts, feelings, mood, functioning, and relationships. In short, people with borderline personality disorder often have very strong emotions such as anger, despair, or anxiety that cause them to overreact or act-out in a variety of ways. In relationships, a person with BPD is likely to idealize the other person initially, and then devalue them in time, causing intense and unstable relationships. People with this disorder often turn to drugs and alcohol to handle these strong emotions. Borderline personality disorder is rarely diagnosed in those of 40 or those under 18.

These very strong emotional states and dysfunctional ways of dealing with them often lead to self-harm (in between 70-75% of cases) or even suicide.

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What is Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia?

by   -  April 9th, 2015

Childhood-onset schizophrenia is rare. The onset of schizophrenia is usually between the late teens and mid-30s with men experiencing a first psychotic episode, on average, in their early to middle 20s while women experience their first episode a little later, typically in their late 20s. Total numbers of people with schizophrenia reaches about 1% of the population.

That being said, a small percentage of people with schizophrenia have childhood-onset schizophrenia.

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Facebook Usage and Selfie-Taking Correlated to Narcissism

by   -  March 30th, 2015

Recent studies have shown that aspects of Facebook usage and increased selfie-taking actually indicates greater levels of narcissism. Greater levels of narcissism are typical of an individualistic personality and sometimes even relate to psychopathy, in part, due to overlapping symptoms such as a lack of empathy. Some researchers posit that narcissistic traits have become more common, overall, in western cultures in the last few decades.

What is Narcissism?

Narcissism is typified by pattern of grandiosity, a need for admiration, and a lack of empathy. While everyone displays some traits of narcissism, and those can be quite healthy, when a person has an inordinately high level of narcissism and it becomes destructive, he or she may be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder.

According to Medscape, the signs and symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder include:

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50 Shades Readers More Likely to Suffer Mental Health Issues

by   -  February 23rd, 2015

by urbanbuzz
by urbanbuzz
Fifty Shades of Grey, a best-selling erotic book by author E. L. James, has set book sale records worldwide and recently been turned a feature film. But what does reading a book, or now, perhaps, watching a movie, tell us about the people who seek out a storyline that contains sexual scenes that include both bondage and violent discipline? Is it possible that people who choose to read 50 Shades of Grey do so because there is violence and abuse in their own lives? Do young adults who read 50 Shades of Grey actually have more mental health issues than others?

According to a study done at Michigan State University (MSU), the answer is yes.

A Study on the Mental Health of Those Who Read 50 Shades

Amy Bonomi, chairperson and professor in MSU’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies, conducted a study with more than 650 women between the ages of 18-24 and found disturbing trends in those who chose to read 50 Shades of Grey.

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The Link between Bipolar Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

by   -  February 16th, 2015

Bipolar disorder is known as an affective, or mood, disorder. It is characterized by periods of extremely elevated mood (mania or hypomania) and periods of extremely low mood (depression) as well as euthymic (non-symptomatic) periods. Obsessive-compulsive disorder, on the other hand, can be thought of as an anxiety disorder and is characterized by intrusive, distressing and obsessive thoughts and/or compulsive mental or physical actions. (Note that in the latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder is no longer included with the anxiety disorders and is actually considered its own category of disorder.)

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How to Get Back on Track after a Mental Illness Diagnosis

by   -  January 26th, 2015

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It is an unfortunate fact that about 6% of the American population will be diagnosed with a serious mental illness at some point in their lives (most of them between the ages of 15-30). That is one in 17 people who suffer from serious forms of illnesses like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or major depression.

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FDA Approved Bipolar Depression Medications

by   -  December 29th, 2014

Bipolar Medications by paulistano, despositphoto.com
Bipolar Medications by paulistano, despositphoto.com
When treating bipolar disorder (bipolar depression or bipolar mania/hypomania) a psychiatrist has many medications from which to choose. Typically, though, a doctor will choose a medication approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for that specific indication first. Doctors, however, do always have the options of prescribing medications approved for other uses as well.

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What is Bipolar Psychosis?

by   -  December 1st, 2014

by DrKan
by DrKan

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness that is typified by episodes of an extremely elevated or energized mood (including symptoms like grandiosity, increased pleasure-seeking, and agitation) and episodes of a severely depressed mood(including symptoms like changes in appetite and sleep and an inability to experience pleasure). Euthymic (non-symptomatic) periods are also possible for people with bipolar disorder.

But what many people don't realize is that psychosis is a part of bipolar disorder mania for up to 40% of people with bipolar disorder, according to researchers at Duke University. And while psychosis is typically associated with mania, psychosis can also occur during depressive episodes.

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