Adult depression has long been associated with shrinkage of the hippocampus, a brain region that plays an important role in memory and response to stress. Now, new research from Washington University in St. Louis has linked participation in team sports to larger hippocampal volumes in children and less depression in boys ages 9 to 11. “Our findings are important because they help illuminate the relationships between involvement in sports, volume of a particular brain region and depressive symptoms in kids as young as nine,” said Lisa Gorham, lead author of the study and a senior majoring in cognitive neuroscience in Arts & Sciences. “We found that involvement in sports, but not non-sport activities such as music or art, is related to greater hippocampal volume in both boys a
…how did they get it wrong? Adolescence and the early years of adulthood can be quite challenging. For many Nigerians, it can be stressful. According to experts, this can lead to serious mental illness if not controlled. Nigeria just joined the rest of the world to mark the 2018 World Mental Health Day held under the theme: ‘Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World’. It was an occasion to see how good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults. Studies have also substantiated the fact that good mental health begins from childhood while half of all mental health conditions in adulthood are said to begin by age 14, and three quarters by 24. The World Health Organiza
*Just one of ten reasons why you should try to keep your cool Researchers from Iowa State University, United States (U.S.), found that angry men aged 20 to 40 were one-and-a-half times more likely to be dead 35 years later than those who were calmer. Scientists believe this is due to a number of factors linking stress to physiological damage. The frequent release of adrenaline during periods of stress damages Deoxy ribo-Nucleic Acid (DNA)/genetic material, which could lead to life-threatening illnesses such as multiple sclerosis. Feelings of anger produce a heightened response in the amygdala, the part of the brain associated with survival instincts. Angry emotions prompt the amygdala to signal a heightened state of anxiety to the rest of the brain and the body, increasing blood
Anybody can fall victim to mental ill health, and there are many forms of mental illnesses that affect both men and women. Even though most people especially in this part of the world may be slow to admit that they may have some sort of mental health problems, yet it is a social reality we are living with. It is especially so for men who due to socio-cultural expectations or demands, are less likely to talk about their feelings and also look for help where necessary. As a result experts say “men are scared to admit that they’re depressed.” In getting solutions however, acknowledging that there is a problem and noting the signs that may signify that someone has a mood or mental turmoil, is a basic and foremost step to take towards getting help or treatment, and living a better life. Sig
A South African man was left traumatized after being drugged and raped 'numerous' times over three days by three female assailants. The 23-year-old's ordeal began when he hailed down a communal taxi in eastern Pretoria on Friday - which had three young women inside. The taxi began to change direction and the man was ordered to sit in the front. He was then injected within an unknown substance and passed out, TimesLive reported. South African Police Service Captain Colette Weilbach said: 'He stated that he woke up in an unfamiliar room on a single bed. 'The female suspects then allegedly forced the man to drink an energy drink before taking turns raping him numerous times a day. The South African Police Service take all sexual offences seriously regardless of gender. [We assure] al...
The Society of Family Physicians of Nigeria (SOFPON) has urged the Federal Government to take proactive steps towards addressing the economic hardship in the country. The group made the call on the heels of rising cases of suicide in the country, which it said, has its roots in the hard times being experienced by most Nigerians. About 788,000 suicide deaths were recorded globally in 2015 and depression was responsible for more than half of all suicide attempts while about seven million Nigerians live with depression President of SOFPON, Dr. Akin Moses, who briefed journalists on World Family Doctors Day 2017 yesterday in Abuja, said about 53.5 percent of Nigerians live below the poverty line compared to other African countries, which have a lower percentage. He also disclosed that...
Religious activities can help stabilise people with mental conditions, a Consultant Psychiatrist, Prof. Olatunji Aina, has said. Aina said this on Friday in Lagos while addressing participants at the Annual Conference of the Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba. The theme of the conference was, ‘Religion and Mental Illness’. Aina, who lectures at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, said: “The mentally ill most times use religion to cope with their distress. “Also, religious activities including prayers, fasting, church and mosque attendance, spirituality, are known to attenuate psychiatric symptoms, discourage suicide and even heal physical illnesses.“ The consultant said, however, that many fake religious leaders in the past and
Hillary Clinton once claimed Trump was “temperamentally unfit” to be President, since then many people the world over have reached the same conclusion. Clinton was, of course, Trump’s political opponent, but some psychologists have now started questioning his state of mind. Until recently, psychologists weren't allowed to assess public figures and talk to journalists about their findings. But this rule is now being cast aside and mental health experts are speaking out about Trump. In a bid to warn the public, psychologists are publishing their diagnoses of Trump. Most recently, John D. Gartner said Trump “is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president.” He believes Trump shows signs of “malignant narcissism,” which is defined as a mix of narcissism, antiso
There is always a reason for every action under the sun; these actions or reactions emanating from whatever triggers may however, be positive or negative. Looking at life from the prism of every individual, every intention and action is for a ‘good purpose’ - rightly or wrongly so; it is their own world view. But most importantly is the question of whether the person so concerned is mentally stable; you would also want to consider if such an action is ecological; is there a reasonable mind at work here? Consequently, at this stage we begin to consider the role of psychiatry and mental health care. What is the role of psychiatric hospitals, and how do people in this part of the world perceive them? Just sometime last month it was a case of a black Sunday for the family of Dr. Allwell Orji,
Against the background of the current economic recession, the number of Nigerians coming down with depression, anxiety and other forms of mental health challenges is on the rise. But affected persons do not receive treatment due to stigma and lack of empowerment of health workers. Journalist reports. The peace in the home of the Cokers has been chattered. Since he lost his lucrative job in the banking industry, Mr.Babatunde Coker, the former Bank Manager with the defunct Society General Bank, had become a shadow of himself. His wife of over 20 years, Lolade and his four children observed that their breadwinner had become the nagging father. Their home in Ikorodu consequently became a battle ground due to frequent disagreement between Mr. and Mrs Coker. The number ...
Today, October 10, is World Mental Health Day. (Mental Health Day 2016) The day is observed every year to raise awareness about mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. The theme for this year is 'Psychological First Aid'. The day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for the people.
It's important to take bullying seriously and not just brush it off as something that kids have to "tough out." The effects can be serious and affect kids' sense of safety and self-worth. In severe cases, bullying has contributed to tragedies, such as suicides and school shootings. If your child is being bullied, you need to act to help stop it. There are ways to help your child cope with teasing, bullying, or mean gossip, and lessen its lasting impact. And even if bullying isn't an issue right in your house right now, it's important to discuss it so your kids will be prepared if it does happen. Parents can help kids learn how to deal with bullying if it happens. For some parents, it may be tempting to tell a kid to fight back. After all, you're angry that your child is suffering a...
MentalHealth by Lateefat Odunuga Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless and vulnerable in a dangerous world. Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and alone can be traumatic, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It is not the objective facts that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatised. Causes of emotional or psychological trauma An event will most likely lead to emotional o
By Morgan Nwanguma Experts have long emphasised the importance of sleep and ‘rest’ to the human system. It is agreed among health scientists that the human system requires about eight hours of sleep within a whole day in order to maintain a healthy body, a balanced mental state, and general wellbeing. It is a proven fact that inadequate sleep contributes in no small measure towards many forms of health debility or malfunction. Some of the health problems that can be caused by lack of good sleep or insomnia are such as – reduced immune system, rapid or premature ageing, headaches, high blood pressure, and the risk of heart disease. On the other hand, adequate sleep that ensures a well rested body and mind condition will enable the following specific health benefits: You will have a norm
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is still an important health condition that most people are either completely unaware of or are grappling to understand since it became to public knowledge in the last decade or so. In this second part write-up, Health Editor MORGAN NWANGUMA concludes his focus on the seminar that was recently held in Lagos under the ‘Orange Ribbon Initiative’ on this subject matter. Dr. Marcus D. Tillery of Technology and Social Change, Princeton University, USA, spoke concerning policies and education. Tillery who claims he had traced his lineage to Koko town, a Niger Delta community in Nigeria, is a consultant with Blazing Trails International Centre, USA. While speaking on the topic - Improving Systems and Policies that Effect Care, Education Quality and Access, highligh