‘Game of Thrones’ star Lena Headey’s brush with anxiety and depression

‘Game of Thrones’ star Lena Headey’s brush with anxiety and depression

Lena Headey, who stars as the indomitable Cersei Lannister in “Game of Thrones,” disclosed her struggle with anxiety and depression in a frank discussion on Twitter in April 2017. Asked by a fan if she ever felt insecure, Heady surprised everyone by responding to the question and subsequently opening up regarding her mental health struggles. Although she mentioned that she was not insecure, Headey admitted that she was inclined to “overthink” and suffered from “huge” anxiety. She also added that she was “familiar with depression.” Read more

Social communication disorder: A risk factor for social anxiety disorder in children

Social communication disorder: A risk factor for social anxiety disorder in children

Social communication disorder (SCD) is a relatively new medical condition added to the fifth edition of the Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) that encompasses a range of problems witnessed in children associated with difficulties in social interactions and communication, social cognition (the way people collect and interpret information), pragmatics (the way words can have multiple connotation), etc. It also includes impairment in the receptive and expressive language processing. Read more

Headaches may potentially indicate severity of PTSD, finds study

Headaches may potentially indicate severity of PTSD, finds study

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder affecting individuals who have been victims of or have witnessed a grievous event, such as armed conflict, death of a loved one, an accident, sexual assault or a natural calamity. Besides showing psychosomatic symptoms of the traumatic event, people with PTSD may also experience physical symptoms such as chronic pain. Headaches are reported as one of the complaints in PTSD patients, and so far there have been a limited number of studies which have focused on this symptomatic relationship. Read more

Checking hormone levels prior to deployment may help predict PTSD risk in soldiers, finds study

Checking hormone levels prior to deployment may help predict PTSD risk in soldiers, finds study

It is normal to get perturbed after experiencing a life-threatening event or extreme trauma. But when this traumatic stress continues to exist for a long time in the form of flashbacks, anger outbursts, isolation and avoidance, it could be the sign of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). When it comes to soldiers, who are always at risk of death or injury, PTSD can be a serious issue and calls for immediate medical help. Read more

National PTSD Awareness Month: PTSD following traumatic childbirth can lead to long-lasting repercussions

National PTSD Awareness Month: PTSD following traumatic childbirth can lead to long-lasting repercussions

Many people consider post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a mental health condition which affects people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a terrorist attack, war, natural calamity, sexual assault, accident or other mishaps. A large majority of people, including doctors, may not be familiar with a less common, but equally debilitating occurrence of PTSD due to traumatic childbirth. Read more