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Posts Tagged ‘mental health’

Call For Help: Mental Illness Rising In Older Adults

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014


Don’t call me crazy! There’s a stigma surrounding mental health issues, like depression, phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder, that prevents people from asking for help. That has to change.

When it comes to people affected by cancer or heart disease, statistics are easy to find. Mental illness, though, is not so clear-cut, but numbers appear to be on the rise, especially in middle-aged and older adults.

Estimates suggest about one in five Americans may be affected, and new research shows

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Study Finds Laughter Actually IS the Best Medicine for Dementia

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013

78531136Dementia is a mental health condition that is quickly becoming a major health concern around the world.  Approximately 35.6 million people suffer from the disease worldwide and 7.7 million new cases are diagnosed each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).  Dementia involves a deterioration of memory, thinking, and behavior.  And eventually, it interferes with the ability to carry out simple, everyday tasks.  It is a leading cause of disability and dependency in older adults.  Not only does dementia …

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The “Love Hormone” Could Boost Mental Health and Function

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013

86519537If you’re out and about with friends, it’s important that you’re able to separate background noise from important, meaningful conversation directed at you.  As it turns out, the oxytocin hormone – also known as the “love hormone” for its role in sexuality, reproduction and social bonding – may also play a key role in the brain’s ability to perform this important filtering function.  A recent study published in Nature explains how this hormone acts to reduce unwanted background noise while …

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Inner Speech Speaks Volumes About The Brain

Friday, Jul. 19, 2013

153737655You may not have ever stopped to think about it, but you’re constantly engaged in inner speech. As you read this right now, you are using your inner voice. This process is largely unexplored; however, two recent experiments published in the journal Psychology Science have revealed a brain signal, called corollary discharge, that plays an important role in how we perceive this inner speech.

In order to understand inner speech, you first have to understand corollary discharge. Corollary discharge is …

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