• 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

'Everyone knows that stress is bad for your heart. But one kind of stress in particular is associated with a 13-times higher risk of heart attack, according to a new study out of South Africa. BY LAUREN CAHN'

'But stress and anxiety, along with the time change makes many people not so cheerful.'

'Reporter Gemma Sherlock opens up about experiences with mental health and tells others it’s okay to speak out and seek help.'

'Studies often examine work stress, and how much of an impact it has on employees and their well-being.'

'Tracking the use of certain words by people predicts biological stress Speech patterns predict these changes better than volunteer self-assessments The research could open up new ways to study our stress levels It could help us understand how psychological pressures change our health'

'Psychologists found that tracking the use of certain words by people predicted stress-related changes to their DNA.'

'A research team led by Professor Min Kyung-bok of Seoul National University College of Medicine has confirmed that smartphone-addicted college students use their phone twice as much as ordinary people if they have stress, depression or anxiety.'

'Burnout is common among medical residents training to be surgeons, putting them at increased risk for alcohol abuse, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, a new study suggests.'

'JOHANNESBURG - As the Life Esidimeni saga and enquiry lays bare mental health challenges in our communities, why should employers consider psychiatric illness a workplace issue?'

'Teaching and nursing are among the most stressful jobs in the UK, a new study has revealed.'

'The number of patients with symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress has risen in the last five years, according to a panel of 250 UK GPs.'

'The search for relief from stress and anxiety is leading some to the ancient art of sound therapy.'

'Financial stress is believed to be causing mental and other health problems. Data from different sources shows that many South Africans are burdened by high levels of debt and are living from pay-cheque to pay-cheque.'

'The NHS is improving how it treats mental health, but simply isn’t equipped to cope with the scale of the crisis in the UK. Is modern life incompatible with mental wellbeing, asks Richard Carlton-Crabtree'

'Nearly 62.5% of professionals across sectors deal with symptoms of anxiety and depression. Why? Insecurity at work.'

'Stress Survey conducted across 8 cities in India'

'Meditation could possibly help ward off heart disease, experts say.'

'1-800-273-8255 is not just a song on Spotify’s Billboard Hot 100. It’s also the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, a 24/7 confidential service that aims to support those in emotional distress. To some, this is just a number; to others, it may be the difference between life and death.'

'The Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA), AIIMS, has written to the director saying that apart from recruiting a counselling psychologist, they should start a helpline number on the campus.'

'After three months travelling to and from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, Dale Clareburt? knew something was about to snap.'

'Girls and young women are experiencing a “gathering crisis” in their mental health linked to conflict with friends, fears about their body image and pressures created by social media, experts have warned.'

'NASA is funding a study to work out how to treat the mental health of Astronauts on long-duration space missions. As part of the research, an e-mental health tool developed by researchers at Black Dog Institute will be trialled this month.'

'It can be hard enough to get people to see their doctor when they're hurt, and when they're struggling with mental health, making that appointment can be even more difficult.'

'Rape convinct, Gurmeet Ram Rahim recently complained of ‘uneasiness and restlessness’ at Rohtak jail. The doctors who examined him claimed that his symptoms are a ‘physical manifestation of withdrawal symptoms of sex addiction’.'

'In our busy lives, we sometimes find ourselves missing an aspect that is considered a significant part of human nature: meaningful social interactions.'

'For kids, grandparents provide stability, safety, wisdom and fun. In return, caring for grandchildren can help stave off depression, boost social connections and keep older adults mentally sharp. Research shows proven health benefits – along with some challenges – from this important family relationship.'

'A move by Google that enables people to check online whether they are clinically depressed could do more harm than good, an expert has warned.'

'Grains handler CBH Group launched the campaign to raise awareness of mental health in rural Western Australia ahead of what is expected to be a disappointing harvest for many growers.'

'Jenny Mollen, an actress and bestselling author of Live Fast Die Hot, has been publicly celebrating her pregnancy on Instagram since April. But last week, she got real about her struggle with prenatal depression.'

'The breathing technique that helped Hillary Clinton cope with her election loss.'

'From killer games such as the Blue Whale Challenge to technology-induced disorders, the story of Indian children’s growing digital addiction and its alarming repercussions.'

'Whether you have school-age children at home or are just a student of life, back-to-school season is a great time to think about keeping our minds sharp. And this isn’t just limited to the two-legged! Furry friends have mental health needs, too, and there are a number of factors that can affect the cognitive and psychological wellbeing of your pet.'

'Stress in the workplace is becoming a major issue for organisations and according to the latest statistics, there were 488,000 cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety last year in the UK which equates to roughly 1.5 British workers out of every 100.'

'Anxiety and depression are about the future and the past, so, “be present,”'

'“psychologists are saying that their therapy sessions are consumed with people expressing anxieties and stress related to the current state of the nation,”'

'Nearly a third of fit notes issued by GPs are for psychiatric problems, says an NHS report.'

'About a week before 15-year-old Ankan Dey’s body was found in the bathroom of his home on Aug. 12, a towel wrapped around his neck and a plastic sheet around his face, he had scribbled an English poem in his notebook.'

'Stress and emotional disturbances if not managed at right time can lead to adverse consequences often making individuals of this age group take decisions leading to disturbing outcomes.'

'by Dr. Sandeep Vohra'

'Stress is experienced by all of us and so is for the soldiers of the Indian Army. Keeping in mind the nature of their job these individuals are living in stress breeding environment with pressure of guarding hostile borders. Soldiers of Indian Army experience stress arising from both professional as well as domestic fronts. At the professional level factors like living conditions, tenure in difficult areas/ insurgencies, interpersonal conflicts and similar is the pressure created by household worries such as family disputes, medical conditions of family members, marital discord, education of children and a sense of loneliness and disconnect because of living away. At the same time often these soldiers are prompted to hide their problems and emotional issues because of the stigma and fear that sharing would affect their career negatively. The combined effect of stressors and lack of opportunity to share many a time push soldiers down towards the path of mental deterioration and illness- leading to suicide and fratricide. Keeping in mind the current statistics, over the last 3 yrs. stress has claimed life of 310 soldiers (including 9 officers, 19 JCOs ) and 11 cases of fratricide (Times News Network, Times of India, 2017). There is an immediate need for some serious actions to be taken on part of the Government to ensure emotional well-being of the soldiers guarding us along with providing them with an open non-discriminating environment and professional help. There is an acute shortage of professionals (both psychiatrist and counsellors) in the armed forces; also the religious teachers to whom soldiers can share their problems are not posted in all units. Acknowledging the demand and supply gap of mental health professional in our country with only 0.3 psychiatrists, 0.12 nurses, 0.07 psychologists and 0.07 social workers per 1 lakh population (WHO). The only viable solution to this current need is online emotional wellness screening and interventions which would help us in providing stress services to soldiers without putting pressure on the already existing demand supply gap and in a non-stigmatising manner. No Worry No Tension Healthcare- an online emotional wellness platform under the guidance of Dr. Sandeep Vohra, an eminent psychiatrist, has developed stress-o-meter tool. It is a scientific stress screening tool that helps in evaluation stress experienced by an individual along with the areas from which it is emanating. The platform also provides a chance to obtain secure and confidential emotional wellness solutions in terms of counselling and medical treatment.'

'In a purported video, which he recorded at Buxar Circuit House in Bihar, Mukesh Pandey spoke about how he was fed up with his life and the constant tussle between his parents and his wife.'

'Depressed participants were more likely to post photos containing a face. But when healthier participants did post photos with faces, theirs tended to feature more of them, on average.'

'According to a report from Campus Reform, Dr. Richard Watson set out the policies - including letting students choose their own grades - for two of his fall business courses at University of Georgia.'

'310 Army Personnel Have Killed Themselves Since 2014: Govt'

'What makes online games like Blue Whale so addictive? What makes some online games so addictive that players are willing to harm themselves, even attempt suicide?'

'When we think about performance-enhancing drugs, our minds immediately turn to famous athletes using banned substances to build muscles and heal faster.'

'Stress at work is spiralling out of control, with many employees in danger of completely burning out.'

'Teens are more depressed and isolated than ever because of smartphones, researcher claims'

'A series of new studies brings yoga one step closer to becoming a recommended treatment for depression, after finding that the practice can help to reduce symptoms of the condition.'

'"Nature is forgiving and welcoming,"It always changes your mood, in a positive way."'

'Stressometer: An early screening tool to manage the stress epidemic'

'If Weight is your concern, Stress should be your concern too!'

'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.'

'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.'