A countrywide National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences (Nimhans) study has revealed a shocking prevalence of mental illness in India. At least 13.7 per cent of India’s general population has been projected to be suffering from a variety of mental illnesses; and 10.6 per cent of this requires immediate intervention.
Rats given midazolam, an anti-anxiety medication, were less likely to free trapped companions because the drug lessened their empathy, according to a new study by University of Chicago neuroscientists.
A few days ago, I shared some research by Carol Ryff and Corey Keyes on the structure of psychological well-being. Today, I'd like to highlight more of Keyes' work. When we think about psychological health, we typically have a kind of continuum in mind. On the one end, there are states such as satisfaction and…
Sandeep Gautam's insight:
Mental illness a separate construct than mental health.
A new study reports that approximately two in five adults (39 percent) who have experienced major depression are able to achieve complete mental health. Researchers consider complete mental health as occurring when people achieve almost daily happiness or life satisfaction, positive social and psychological well-being, and are also free of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and substance abuse for at least one full year.
Sandeep Gautam's insight:
Recovery is possible, not only for depression but for bipolar and other illnesses too!
Antidepressants have been in the news recently. The general feeling seems to be that although they are being overused and may have some unpleasant side effects, they certainly ‘work,’ at least in some people (1). So what is the evidence that antidepressants ‘work’? If you compare them with a dummy tablet or placebo in a…
To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn't know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.
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