Disturbing findings reveal many people battling anorexia are not under the care of a doctor or medical practitioner. Just 32 per cent of people with anorexia are regularly seeing a doctor, according to the interim findings of the Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane.
Beyond Blue notes that women experience anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder at higher rates than men. Our susceptibility to mental illness is exacerbated by a range of factors, including pregnancy (up to 10 per cent of all pregnant women will experience depression or anxiety); early parenthood (1 in 7 women are likely to experience some form of postpartum depression); intimate partner or family violence and/or sexual assault; the burden of care and emotional labour that is left to women; and hormonal fluctuations (such as menopause).
Around 12 billion working days – or 50 million years of work – will be lost to mental illness each year from now until 2030, according to a new report. The World Health Organisation (WHO) study found that a failure to treat symptoms of depression and anxiety is costing the global economy $925 billion (£651bn) a year in lost productivity.
Stockpiling of stuff is often pinned on Western society’s culture of mass consumption, but hoarding is nothing new. It’s only in recent years that the subject has received the attention of researchers, social workers, psychologists, fire marshals and public-health officials. They call it an emerging issue that is certain to grow with an ageing population. That’s because, though the first signs often arise in adolescence, they typically worsen with age – usually after a divorce, the death of a spouse or another crisis.
A new study from MIT reveals how two populations of neurons in the brain contribute to this process. The researchers found that these neurons, located in an almond-sized region known as the amygdala, form parallel channels that carry information about pleasant or unpleasant events.
Mental illness is largely caused by social crises such as unemployment or childhood abuse and too much money is spent researching genetic and biological factors, psychologists have warned.
People with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) fare better and are less likely to relapse when treated with medication on a long-term basis, according to researchers at Rhode Island Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. BDD is an often-chronic mental illness in which people focus intensively on perceived physical flaws, which to others appear minor or even nonexistent.
Dr Uma Naidoo, M.D. is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She trained at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program and is currently on staff at Massachusetts General Hospital. She also graduated from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts as a Professional Chef and was awarded the MFK Fisher award for Innovation. With her passion for food and psychiatry, she will share her perspectives on matters related to food, mental health and medicine.