• Mental and behavioural disorders account for 19% of the global burden of disease - WHO
    • It is estimated that nearly 450 million people suffer from a mental or behavioural disorder in the world - WHO
    • Nearly 10% of total population suffers from these disorders - WHO
    • Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.
    • Nearly 1% of the Indian population suffer from serious mental & behavioural disorders and 10% from moderate disorders, requiring psychiatric help.
    • By 2020 mental depression will be largest cause of disabilty worldwide and by 2025 it may overtake heart diseases as the biggest health concern - WHO
    • About half of mental disorders begin before the age of 14 - WHO
    • Around 20% of the world's children and adolescents are estimated to have mental disorders or problems - WHO

News Updates

'Mental health and Stigma Mental health is becoming a major health issue which needs attention but the social stigma attached to mental illness makes it difficult for people to come forward and seek help. It is time we change as a society towards this illness; time to speak out against this stigma.'

'Anxiety and emotional breakdown is as common in children as in adults. Children often experience stress that doesn’t come under any mental or anxiety disorder. How does one tackle such children help reduce their level of stress and anxiety?'

'While it's not always easy to recognize when kids are stressed out, you can still check out for some signs which indicate that your child is under stress. Don’t ignore initial symptoms; kids under stress can pose a danger for themselves as well as for others.'

'Doctors, Psychologists and mental health experts globally will join hands on Monday to mark the World Mental Health Day'

'Safety and effectiveness of divalproex sodium extended release containing regimen in Indian patients with bipolar I disorder in continuation phase: Results of EASED registry'

'A single dose of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) dramatically and rapidly alters functional connectivity throughout the brain, a new study shows.'

'A new blood test may identify major depressive disorder (MDD) in adults, and could potentially help clinicians predict which patients with the disorder will respond to cognitive- behavioral therapy (CBT), new research suggests.'

' New research shows that schizophrenia isn’t a single disease but a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each with its own set of symptoms. The finding could be a first step toward improved diagnosis and treatment for the debilitating psychiatric illness.

The research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is reported online in The American Journal of Psychiatry.


'NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Meditation might prevent work-related stress and burnout, a small U.S. study suggests.'

'Long-term and current bullying can have serious consequences for adolescents' physical and mental health, new research suggests.'

'Comedians have high levels of psychotic personality traits, new research shows. The findings are perfectly in line with other work on 'madness and creativity'.'

'A genetic test in development promises to help doctors identify patients at increased risk for suicide after starting antidepressant therapy.'

'Renowned Psychiatrist Dr. Sandeep Vohra will be live on ABP News between 6pm-7pm today on Sunanda Pushkar's story.'

'A study published in Psychological medicine reports a link between bullying in childhood and psychosis in later life. A community-based study of more than 4700 participants from the United Kingdom showed that those who were bullied at the age of 10 years were more than twice as likely to suffer from episodes of psychosis by the age of 18 as those who were never bullied. Interestingly, children who reported doing the bullying themselves were almost 5 times more likely to have psychotic experiences by the age of 18 years.'

'A new research suggests that the practice of sending sexually explicit messages and/or pictures, is linked to increased sexual activity and behavior in young teens.'

'According to a study published in JAMA Internal medicine, meditation is found to provide small to moderate improvement in stress related disorders.'

'A new study suggests that disturbed sleep in adolescents is associated with more symptoms of depression and greater uncertainly about future success. However, perceived support and acceptance from parents and teachers appears to have a protective effect.'

'New research published in Media Psychology suggests that looking at your Facebook profile can be psychologically good and bad for you. The finding revealed that checking your profile is capable of boosting your self esteem while at the same time reducing motivation.'

'SAN FRANCISCO — Children in the United States who experience both school bullying and cyberbullying are at alarming risk for suicidal behavior, new research shows.'

'SAN FRANCISCO — The greater the overuse of smartphones, the greater the risk for severe psychopathologies in adolescents, new research suggests. The study of nearly 200 adolescents in Korea showed that those who were very high users of smartphones had significantly more problematic behaviors, including somatic symptoms, attentional deficits, and aggression, than did those who were low users'

'Episodes of depression are more common among teenage girls than among boys, and more common among older teenage girls than younger ones. Abstract Teaser An annual average of 1.4 million girls aged 12 to 17 experienced a major past-year depressive episode from 2008 to 2010, according to a “data spotlight” from the Substance Abuse and Mental'

'NAGPUR: Government Dental College and Hospital (GDCH), Nagpur, which played a major role in bringing a ban on gutkha, is now focusing on other tobacco products through its tobacco cessation programme. The hospital is working towards collection of data related to tobacco habits among various population groups, like women, schoolchildren and labourers, and the effects on their health. This data will be passed on to the government agencies.'