Archive for the ‘Mental Health’ Category

Can Diet Reduce the Symptoms of ADHD in Children?

ADHD  is a relatively common disorder affecting some 10% of children. With many parents leery of medication, there has been a rise in diet related treatments. A recent study in Pediatrics took a look at many of these diets to see if they were effective in treating the symptoms of ADHD. (more…)

Relentless Optimism Linked to Faulty Frontal Lobe Function

By Rebecca Jones


Ever wonder why someone will continue to see the glass half full regardless of the overwhelming evidence to the contrary? According to new research conducted by the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging a fault in the function of the frontal lobe of the brain could be to blame.



Antidepressants Linked to Increased Risk of Fall

Most of us are familiar with the many side effects that come with taking antidepressants but in a recent study published in the Journals of Gerontology it was revealed that nursing home residents were at a much higher risk of suffering a fall within the first few days of starting or increasing the dose of certain antidepressants (more…)

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Suicide and Depression

Depression is one of the most common illnesses affecting Americans; nearly 400,000 attempt suicide each year and 34,000 succeed. In fact suicide kills more people worldwide than war, accidents and homicides combined.  Despite this fact, it is still a topic for which our misunderstanding is matched only by our reluctance to talk about it. Here are ten things everyone should know about the dangers of suicide and depression. (more…)

Are You Addicted to Stress?

Do you find yourself constantly on the go? Do you feel guilty about taking a day off or using your vacation time?   Stress has become such a common condition for the modern woman that according to the APA more than half of us report being “highly stressed”  that number is up 25% from just 4 years ago What we are witnessing is a trend in which women see stress as a badge of honor. We feel the need to push ourselves to the very limit, sacrificing sleep and sanity, in the hopes that someone will take notice, perhaps give us a pat on the back and commend us for our strong work ethic. Turns out the harder we push ourselves the more we can become addicted to the rush of being in demand and on the go but whether we realise it or not the same hormones that trigger the stress “high” can also be wreaking havoc on our health. (more…)