Mental Health

  • Stigma bars mentally ill from seeking care September 7, 2014

    Washington: While stigma is one of the many factors that may influence care seeking, it is one that has profound effects for those who suffer from mental illness, says a study. The desire to avoid public stigma causes individuals to drop out of treatment or avoid it entirely for fear of...
  • Missing Malaysian plane: Pilots' mental health a concern March 24, 2014

    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 Malaysia...
  • New mental health care bill to decriminalise suicide August 21, 2013

    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 to...
  • IBN Newroom Buzz: Amrita Tripathi on Jiah Khan's death and growing number of suicides in India June 4, 2013

    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 December 5, 2012

    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...
  • FTN: Does the new Bill safeguard the rights of the mentally ill? October 19, 2012

    Sagarika Ghose: Hi there. We are focusing in this show on a subject that concerns us all, mental illness. Currently 130 million Indians are diagnosed with some form of mental illness, including depression, bipolarity and schizophrenia, 90 per cent of these cases remain untreated. The government has come up...
  • FTN: Does the new Bill safeguard the rights of the mentally ill? October 18, 2012

    According to the World Health Organisation, an estimated 130 million Indians are in need of mental health services and 10 per cent adults in India have mental health disorders. ...
  • Activists question new mental health bill to be proposed November 1, 2012

    New Delhi: A new mental health bill will soon be presented to the Cabinet for approval. But activists say the bill is only an eyewash. India has the highest suicide rates in the world, said a Lancet study. 10 per cent adult Indians have mental health disorders, according to the...
  • Delhi: No home for 30 abandoned mentally ill women November 1, 2012

    New Delhi: On World Mental Health Day CNN-IBN finds out how being mentally ill is still a stigma. Thirty mentally ill women have been abandoned in Delhi. They have been living in a dilapidated amphitheatre for the past three years in Delhi. Open to the harsh Delhi summers and winters, the...
  • Don't shy away from seeking help for mental problems October 9, 2012

    New Delhi: For 35-year-old Ritika (name changed), everything seemed a burden. She suddenly started losing interest in both work and people around her. Even ordinary tasks seemed Herculean to her. A call centre employee, she no longer paid attention even to her personal life. "I did not feel like getting...
  • Four crore Indians have mental illness: Study October 11, 2011

    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...
  • Social pressure leads to teenage stress: Expert October 10, 2011

    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, are...
  • Intellectual disability gene 'discovered' July 29, 2011

    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 is...
  • Now, a nasal spray to beat depression April 27, 2011

    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 to...
  • Misery really does love company, study says April 27, 2011

    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. "Discontented people...
  • What leads gay teens to attempt suicide? April 18, 2011

    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 when...
  • Happiness reaches peak in our 80s, study says March 29, 2011

    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 eclipsing...
  • Not getting enough sleep? Turn off the technology March 7, 2011

    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 interfering...
  • Dull brain? Blame it on family genes! March 5, 2011

    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. "The brain...
  • Don't worry, be happy and live longer: studies March 2, 2011

    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 and...
  • Forced to smile, help-desk workers an unhappy lot February 24, 2011

    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 may think...
  • Facebook leaves users 'anxious and stressed' February 18, 2011

    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 the benefits...
  • Do crossword with a friend for healthy brain February 15, 2011

    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 start...
  • Older smokers at risk of impaired memory February 10, 2011

    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 University...
  • Coffee makes women smart, men stupid! February 2, 2011

    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, reports the...
  • Girls who play video games behave better February 1, 2011

    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 play video...
  • Why writing by hand is better than typing January 21, 2011

    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 putting pen...
  • Soccer scandals shaping kids' view of marriage December 30, 2010

    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 and...
  • Scientists find gene that triggers violent anger December 23, 2010

    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 as HTR2B...
  • Fighter pilots' brains are smarter December 20, 2010

    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 control...