People who are born blind are unlikely to develop schizophrenia in their lifetime

According to the authors of this latest research, no incidents of schizophrenia in cortically blind people have ever been recorded to date

People who are born blind are unlikely to develop schizophrenia in their lifetimeSince the middle of the last century, researchers have been looking at a curious link – it seems that being born blind protects people from developing schizophrenia. Now, a large scale study has just added more evidence to confirm this is indeed the case. In particular, cortical blindness – caused by abnormalities in the brain, […]

‘Night owls’ have greater risk of having depressive symptoms, schizophrenia: Confirms new study

Night owls are at greater risk of depression and schizophrenia, new findings suggest. Scientists found being a ‘morning person’ could protect against the conditions

‘Night owls’ have greater risk of having depressive symptoms, schizophrenia: Confirms new studyStaying up late and lying in could increase your risk of mental illness, experts have warned. People who go to bed early and wake up early report higher mental well-being, the University of Exeter researchers said. Study leader Mike Weedon said, “We’ve provided the strongest evidence to date that ‘night owls’ are at higher risk […]

Higher screen time linked to increased levels of anxiety in children, suggests study

Too much time spent on gaming, smartphones and watching television is linked to heightened levels and diagnoses of anxiety or depression in children as young as age 2, according to a new study

Higher screen time linked to increased levels of anxiety in children, suggests studyEven after only one hour of screen time daily, children and teens may begin to have less curiosity, lower self-control, less emotional stability and a greater inability to finish tasks, reports San Diego State University psychologist Jean Twenge and University of Georgia psychology professor W. Keith Campbell. Twenge and Campbell’s results were published in an […]

Common heart, diabetes drugs may help ease mental illness: Study reveals

A new study is raising the question of whether certain cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes drugs could help manage mental illnesses like schizophrenia

Common heart, diabetes drugs may help ease mental illness: Study revealsThe findings come from a study of over 142,000 Swedish patients with serious mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The researchers found that those patients typically fared better during periods when they were taking certain medications to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes Compared with periods when they were not on those […]

The role of rehabs and support groups in aiding youths with mental health issues

Getting help from rehabs makes sure that someone is constantly evaluating the patient to make sure all his or her needs are met in a supportive atmosphere. This is done to take proper steps for each person to get them on the right path to recovery

The role of rehabs and support groups in aiding youths with mental health issuesApproximately 1 of every 5 individuals suffer from one or the other mental illnesses. Amongst the youth in particular, depression, anxiety and stress is common. One needs to understand that whatever the concern is, they need to speak to someone close or to a psychiatrist or a support group in order to get appropriate help […]

Drug use among teens may lead to bipolar symptoms later on

This study looked at the link between teenage use of cannabis and hypomania, which is a symptom that is often experienced by those with bipolar disorder. Hypomania is characterised by feelings of elation, intense excitement, reduced need for sleep, and hyperactivity

Drug use among teens may lead to bipolar symptoms later onA new study fills this research gap by examining how cannabis use among teenagers is linked with hypomania in early adulthood. The research was led by Dr Steven Marwaha, a clinical academic psychiatrist from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, and the findings were published in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin. Dr Marwaha and […]

Gujarat: 1.5 kg metal pieces retrieved from woman’s stomach

When you were a child you might have had an odd habit of eating mud, paper or chalk. But eventually we all outgrow that habit. What if you had an illness which makes you want to compulsively eat metal? What would that be like? Would your stomach be able to handle it?

Gujarat: 1.5 kg metal pieces retrieved from woman’s stomachA few months ago, doctors in Ahmedabad, Gujarat operated upon a woman who had the habit of eating metal. The woman suffers from bipolar disorder which is a mental health condition. The tendency of consuming metal is known as Acuphagia. It is a variation of pica which is a tendency to eat substances other than […]

Disrupted sleep could be an early indicator of mood disorders

People who have disrupted sleep cycles or less variation in their activity levels around the clock may be more likely to have depression, bipolar disorders and other mental health issues, a UK study suggests

Disrupted sleep could be an early indicator of mood disordersPast research has found that people with a circadian rhythm, or biological clock, that’s out of step with their daily routines – like split shift or night shift workers – can have an increased risk of emotional, behavioural and psychological problems. The current study examined 24-hour activity levels for 91,015 participants who agreed to wear […]

PCOS can affect mental health in women, cautions study

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are more likely to be diagnosed with mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, than women without polycystic ovary syndrome, according to study presented at the Society for Endocrinology BES annual conference

PCOS can affect mental health in women, cautions studyWomen with PCOS are more likely to suffer from mental health disorders and should be routinely screened for these during medical assessments, according to a study presented at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference in Harrogate. These findings support previous work showing that the condition may negatively affect mental health and highlight the importance of […]

Risk factors for bipolar in children

Stress can play a role in the development of bipolar in children. More precisely, how a child responds to elevated stress has been suggested as a contributor to the development of bipolar disorder

Risk factors for bipolar in childrenBipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by extreme swings in mood and thought. A person with bipolar disorder swings between periods of mania or less severe hypomania and depression. The onset of bipolar disorder typically occurs during young adulthood, but teens and children can also be diagnosed. Similarly to many mental health disorders, there are a number of […]