The World Health Organization defines mental health as "a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his/her abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and can make a contribution to his/her community." Healthy functionality for less than perfect people is what it boils down to.
The treatment of eating disorders is a complex process. Though they are designated as a mental disorder, there are many physical aspects of eating disorders that require the combination of both psychological treatment and physical treatment by a range of healthcare professionals.
Brandon Marshall, wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins, recently announced that he suffers from a condition known as borderline personality disorder, or BPD. The disorder has affected him over the past five years, according to an article in SB Nation.
Major depressive disorder (MDD) can be difficult to treat, requiring the patient to test out a variety of treatment options over a period of time before finding a prescription that works. MDD that results in poor treatment outcomes after following traditional antidepressant therapy is commonly thought of as being a sign of undetected bipolar disorder…
A new study has found that one-third of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth have attempted suicide in their lifetime. The study is the first to report the frequency of mental disorders in LGBT youth using the criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has found that nearly 45.1 million Americans are currently suffering from a mental illness, with one in five also experiencing a substance abuse disorder.
A new study from Montreal has found that pathological gamblers are more likely to commit suicide, and also tend to suffer from personality disorders. These findings could help develop improved suicide prevention programs.
Several studies have shown that intervening with troubled youth is the best strategy to prevent future mental health disorders or substance abuse problems in adulthood. Most chronic behavioral and psychiatric disorders—including alcoholism, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and schizophrenia—can be rooted in adverse events that are experienced during childhood, yet children who are generally most in…
Heavy smoking has already been linked to lung cancer, chronic respiratory conditions, and a slew of other physical ailments like stroke and cardiovascular disease. Now researchers are saying heavy smoking can also lead to serious, lifelong mental impairment.
A new study of adolescents with major depressive disorder found that almost all the participants recovered from their depressive episode after treatment, but nearly half of them relapsed within five years. Females were at a much higher risk of having another major depressive episode, according to the study by researchers at Duke University Medical Center.