Mental Health

  • Missing Malaysian plane: Pilots' mental health a concern 24-03-2014 07:18 AM

    Dallas: Reinforced doors with keypad entries. Body scanners and pat-downs. Elaborate crew maneuvers when a pilot has to use the restroom. All those tactics are designed to keep dangerous people out of the cockpit. But what if the pilot is the problem? With no answers yet in the disappearance of...
  • New mental health care bill to decriminalise suicide 21-08-2013 07:00 PM

    The new mental health care bill, which seeks to decriminalise suicide and makes access to affordable mental health care a right for all, was introduced in Rajya Sabha this week. For the first time in the history of criminal law reform in the country, Mental Health Care Bill, 2013 seeks...
  • IBN Newroom Buzz: Amrita Tripathi on Jiah Khan's death and growing number of suicides in India 04-06-2013 02:16 PM

    CNN-IBN's Amrita Tripathi talks about the growing number of suicides and the medical help available for mental health in India. ...
  • Eating tomatoes helps fight depression: Study 05-12-2012 01:04 PM

    London: Eating tomatoes few times a week can reduce your chances of suffering from depression by half, a new study has claimed. Researchers analysed the mental health records and diet habits of around 1,000 men and women aged 70 or over. They found that those eating tomatoes two to six...
  • A plea for sanity…

    Not Quite Miscellaneous |  Shalini
    "I don't want this bill..." she said, sitting in the garden at the Women's Press Club. "If the health ministry means it when it ...

  • Dealing with a crisis: coping with extreme thoughts

    Mind Check |  Arpita Anand
    A young woman in her early twenties, sat across me in my office a while ago telling me she had no will to go on....

  • Mental health challenges in India

    Mind Check |  Arpita Anand
    Working in India in the field of Psychology for over a decade now has been a challenging and fascinating experience. We have come a very...

  • Four crore Indians have mental illness: Study 11-10-2011 09:46 AM

    New Delhi: Startling facts coming to light during Mental Health awareness week. A new study says that almost four crore Indians suffer from mental illnesses and there's an extreme shortage of psychiatrists. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) report, the number of suicides in India could be reduced by...
  • World Mental Health Day

    Borgub's Lair |  Amrita Tripathi
    It's world mental health day today -something none of us can afford to ignore. First the disturbing stats: The World Health Organisation estimates that ...

  • Social pressure leads to teenage stress: Expert 10-10-2011 09:43 AM

    New Delhi: On the World Mental Health Day on Monday, a study of more than 8000 American teenagers found that depression tends to increase over the course of the mid-adolescent years. "On one hand, your parents say don't date, and on the other your friends say you're not dating anybody,...
  • Intellectual disability gene 'discovered' 29-07-2011 05:15 PM

    Washington: In what could be called a major finding, scientists claim to have discovered a gene linked to intellectual disability. Intellectual disability is a broad term describing individuals with limitations in mental abilities and in functioning in daily life. It affects one to three per cent of the population and...
  • Now, a nasal spray to beat depression 27-04-2011 02:19 PM

    London: Scientists have developed a new nasal spray which they claim could help beat depression and anxiety within two hours. The spray, which contains a natural brain chemical, is designed to penetrate the brain areas involved in mood. According to researchers, the spray could be effective within two hours, compared...
  • Misery really does love company, study says 27-04-2011 01:32 PM

    Washington: Does misery really love company? An intriguing new study suggests that may be the case. Researchers who study how people's sense of well-being varies from place to place decided to compare their findings with suicide rates. The surprising result: The happiest places sometimes also have the highest suicide rates....
  • What leads gay teens to attempt suicide? 18-04-2011 11:49 AM

    Chicago: Suicide attempts by gay teens - and even straight kids - are more common in politically conservative areas where schools don't have programs supporting gay rights, a study involving nearly 32,000 high school students found. Those factors raised the odds and were a substantial influence on suicide attempts even...
  • Happiness reaches peak in our 80s, study says 29-03-2011 11:03 AM

    London: Easing of responsibilities, combined with maturity and the ability to focus on our likings, makes old age far more enjoyable than we might expect. We are happier as we grow older because our best arrives only in ripe old age. Satisfaction and optimism steadily increase after middle age, easily...
  • Not getting enough sleep? Turn off the technology 07-03-2011 02:22 PM

    New York: Dependence on televisions, cellphones and laptops may be costing Americans dearly -- in lack of sleep. The national penchant for watching television every evening before going to sleep, playing video games late into the night or checking emails and text messages before turning off the lights could be...
  • Dull brain? Blame it on family genes! 05-03-2011 12:34 PM

    Sydney: Your family's genetic make-up may explain why your brain is sharp or dull, so says researchers. Alex Fornito from the University Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre said the findings have a bearing on why some people are better at certain tasks than others and also the genetic basis of mental illnesses....
  • Don't worry, be happy and live longer: studies 02-03-2011 10:53 AM

    New York: Today's lesson: be happy, live longer. Now science seems to back the glass half-full approach. A review of more than 160 studies on the connection between a positive state of mind and overall health and longevity has found "clear and compelling evidence" that happier people enjoy better health...
  • Forced to smile, help-desk workers an unhappy lot 24-02-2011 11:15 AM

    Washington: Customer-service workers who have to fake a smile throughout the day end up sulking and shirk work, affecting productivity. But workers who smile as a result of cultivating positive thoughts, improve their mood and withdraw less, suggests Brent Scott, assistant professor of business at the Michigan State University. "Employers...
  • Facebook leaves users 'anxious and stressed' 18-02-2011 10:33 AM

    London: The more 'friends' you have on Facebook, the more likely you are to feel stressed, says a new study. Psychologists believe that those who are most addicted to the website can develop 'Facebook-related anxiety'. The negative effects of using the site, which has more than 500 million members, outweighed...
  • Do crossword with a friend for healthy brain 15-02-2011 07:10 PM

    London: Want a healthy brain? Then do the crossword with a friend everyday, says an expert. "The brain is not too different from the rest of your body. It needs to be nourished. Without adequate challenges, such as learning a new skill or taking up a hobby, our brain cells...
  • Older smokers at risk of impaired memory 10-02-2011 11:54 AM

    Sydney: Older smokers are likely to damage their grey matter and lose cognitive functions at a greater rate than non-smokers. Cognitive functions involve thought, memory and information processes enabling us to learn new things and comprehend what is being said. The study led by Osvaldo Almeida, research director of The...
  • Coffee makes women smart, men stupid! 02-02-2011 07:31 PM

    London: Drinking coffee boosts women's brainpower but addles that of men. While sipping a cappuccino or quaffing an espresso boosts women's performance, the same drink impairs men's memories and slows down their decision-making. And given that Britons alone down 70 million cups of coffee a day, the implications are significant,...
  • Girls who play video games behave better 01-02-2011 03:39 PM

    Washington: Girls who play video games behave better, feel more connected to families and have stronger mental health. Researchers from Brigham Young University focused on girls aged between 11 and 16 years who played video games with a parent. "The surprising part about this for me is that girls don't...
  • Why writing by hand is better than typing 21-01-2011 02:57 PM

    London: Want your children to learn better? Then, ensure that they should write down important topics on paper instead of typing them on a computer. Researchers at the University of Stavanger, Norway, found that children or students who write by hand learn better than those who type. The process of...
  • Soccer scandals shaping kids' view of marriage 30-12-2010 04:49 PM

    London: Children are growing up thinking that marriages are not meant to last because so many football and pop stars have high profile affairs and bust-ups, an expert warned on Wednesday. Alleged infidelities by England internationals like Wayne Rooney, John Terry and Ashley Cole all hit the headlines in 2010...
  • Scientists find gene that triggers violent anger 23-12-2010 02:40 PM

    London: Researchers have discovered a genetic mutation that could trigger violent anger under alcohol's influence. They sequenced the DNA of a number of impulsive volunteers and compared those sequences with DNA from an equal number of non-impulsive people. They found that a single DNA change that blocks a gene known...
  • Fighter pilots' brains are smarter 20-12-2010 02:19 PM

    London: Fighter pilots' brains are smarter and more capable than those with no piloting experience, says a new research based on cognitive tests and scans. The study, conducted by the University College London, compares the cognitive performance of a group of front-line Royal Air Force Tornado fighter pilots to a...
  • Spiders, snakes? Brain-damaged woman has no fear 20-12-2010 02:07 PM

    New York: Meet SM, a 44-year-old woman who literally knows no fear. She's not afraid to handle snakes. She's not afraid of the "The Blair Witch Project," "The Shining," or "Arachnophobia." When she visited a haunted house, it was a monster who was afraid of her. SM isn't some cold-blooded...
  • More brain activity when people meditate 20-12-2010 12:30 PM

    London: People who pray, meditate and perform religious rituals show considerably more activity in their brain's frontal lobe during these activities than when the brain is at rest, a scientist has found. Andrew Newberg from the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Medical College in the US is a proponent of...