Nearly everyone is looking for ways to improve brain function and mental focus these days. Often times, we zero in on specific behaviors and actions that can provide optimum results — but rarely do we ever focus on what is happening at the most basic level of our brain’s formation.
What if you could put all those brain booster books aside? What if you didn’t need to do those tedious memory enhancing exercises? What if all you had to do was pop a pill? Well…as it turns out, that just might be the case. Continue reading →
Statistics show that antidepressant use has skyrocketed in recent times — up 400% since the late 1980’s. Persons who are suffering from mental disorders may feel very alone, but in fact they are in significant company. Researchers have found that one in every three adults in the United States will report a diagnosable mental illness every year. However, unless you happen to work in the healthcare, social work or pharmaceutical industry, you may not even realize that mental illnesses are so prevalent. Continue reading →
In this talk, Andy Puddicombe speaks on the importance of taking care of our minds. He references scientific studies which claim that our minds are lost in thought 47% of the time and that mind-wandering is directly linked to unhappiness. Puddicombe stresses the mental health benefits of meditation, not only as a possible cure for stress, but also as a preventative measure. He argues that while “we can’t change every little thing that happens to us in life…we can change the way that we experience it.”
A study compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has found that adults who have experienced mental illness in the previous year were more likely to suffer from certain physical illnesses than those who maintained good mental health. Conditions such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes had increased rates of occurrence in individuals who experienced mental disorders or major depressive episodes in the past year.
Of those who reported any kind of mental illness, 21.9% had high blood pressure compared to 18.3% of persons who reported no mental health problems. Asthma also increased significantly from 10.6% (with good mental health) to 15.7% (with poor mental health). Continue reading →