The new ‘mirror’ on the wall: Social media engagement, boon or bane?

Are you a troll? You could be suffering from a mental disorder

As social media has become an integral part of our lives we have to face a certain number of pros and cons which come along with it. Most people who use social media extensively complain about the trolling they face. Celebrities, politicians, journalists, eminent personalities and a layperson who expresses their opinions often face abusive […]

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Negative emotions are as important as positive ones when it comes to #mentalhealth

A client sits before me, seeking help untangling his relationship problems. As a psychotherapist, I strive to be warm, non-judgmental and encouraging. I am a bit unsettled, then, when in the midst of describing his painful experiences, he says, “I’m sorry for being so negative.” A crucial goal of therapy is to learn to acknowledge […]

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Anger more harmful to health of older adults than sadness, suggests study

Barlow and her co-authors examined whether anger and sadness contributed to inflammation, an immune response by the body to perceived threats, such as infection or tissue damage. While inflammation, in general, helps protect the body and assists in healing, long-lasting inflammation can lead to chronic illnesses in old age, according to the authors. “As most […]

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World Schizophrenia Day: People with schizophrenia experience emotion differently from others, reveals new study

Researchers are working to understand how people with schizophrenia experience emotion through their bodies. Sohee Park, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology, and Ph.D. student Lénie J. Torregrossa compared individuals with schizophrenia with matched control participants, asking each to fill in a ‘body map’ in a way that correlates to the way they physically experience […]

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'Be your children's friend to understand them better'

‘Be your children’s friend to understand them better’

In this article, I want to address mental health issues, which can affect anybody irrespective of their education, class, sex, creed, etc. Suicide is almost always a manifestation of some underlying mental health issue. The increasing number of suicide cases in India has become a matter of concern over past few years. Surprisingly, self-harm is […]

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Borderline Personality Disorder: A serious mental health issue

Borderline personality disorder is a very serious, yet rare, mental health issue believed to affect around 1.6 per cent of the adult U.S. population. The illness is marked by an inability to effectively manage emotions, but is historically hard to diagnose and even more difficult to treat. Here are some of the most common symptoms […]

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For your each and every emotion, there is an equal and opposite sensation

Long ago, explorers sailed the seven seas and mapped the unknown world, yet over the years scientists have consistently neglected to chart the physical sensations commonly associated with different feelings. Until now a team of researchers from Finland worked with more than 700 participants and their own specialized knowledge of emotional processing in order to […]

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Here’s why it’s good to shed tears once in a while

Here’s why it’s good to shed tears once in a while

Crying is a natural response humans have to a range of emotions, including sadness, grief, joy, and frustration. But does crying have any health benefits? This article explores why people cry and what health benefits crying may have. Why do people cry? Humans produce three types of tears: Basal: The tear ducts constantly secrete basal tears, […]

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