Mental illness can be about being unable to carry the baggage of emotional and physical trauma in a healthy way. It can be about not learning or having the tools to cope with everyday stresses. (Illustration by Suneesh K.) Trigger Warning, Content Warning: This article contains mentions of abuse. Note to readers: Healing Space is a weekly series that helps you dive into your mental health and take charge of your wellbeing through practical DIY self-care methods. The facts of the Amber Heard Johnny Depp divorce and related defamation trial are nebulous and to a large extent a he said-she said; no one but a couple really knows what transpired behind closed doors. What the case has made apparent, however, is that men face emotional and physical abuse, from disruptive childhoods and difficult marriages, and also need mental health interventions. Depp and his sister testified at length about growing up with an abusive mother, witnessing conflict against their father, … [Read more...] about Healing Space | Men face abuse too. Men need mental health help too
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Mircea Geoana - A + A BERLIN (May 15): North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is confident that it can overcome objections by Turkey and quickly admit Finland and Sweden, its deputy chief said on Sunday, as the alliance prepares for a historic enlargement in the Nordic region prompted by Russia's war on Ukraine. Finland's President Sauli Niinisto confirmed on Sunday that his country would apply for membership and Sweden is expected to follow suit as public support for membership has grown amid security concerns. Foreign ministers from NATO's 30 member states are holding two days of talks over the weekend in Berlin that are focused on the two Nordic countries' membership bids. On Saturday, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu unexpectedly raised objections, saying it was "unacceptable and outrageous" that the prospective new NATO members supported the outlawed Kurdish militant group PKK. It was not immediately clear whether discussions between … [Read more...] about NATO deputy chief ‘confident’ of finding consensus on Finland, Sweden membership
When people talk about ways to slow climate change, they often mention trees , and for good reason. Forests take up a large amount of the planet-warming carbon dioxide that people put into the atmosphere when they burn fossil fuels. But will trees keep up that pace as global temperatures rise? With companies increasingly investing in forests as offsets , saying it cancels out their continuing greenhouse gas emissions, that’s a multibillion-dollar question. advertisement advertisement The results of two studies published in the journals Science and Ecology Letters on May 12, 2022— one focused on growth , the other on death —raise new questions about how much the world can rely on forests to store increasing amounts of carbon in a warming future. Ecologist William Anderegg , who was involved in both studies, explains why. What does the new research tell us about trees and their ability to store carbon? The future of forests is on a … [Read more...] about In an increasingly warming world, we can’t rely on trees as a climate change cure-all
Charo Santos-Concio “I’m now focused on trying to understand the human mind better,” said Charo Santos-Concio, who, after retiring from corporate work, opted to revive her acting career and, at the same time, take on the role of an educator. Inquirer Entertainment asked the former CEO of ABS-CBN about the interests she is taking on and is enjoying now that she is no longer busy with office work. To this, she replied: “I’m so much into the study of (Swiss psychiatrist) Carl Jung and psychology because this makes me understand the human psyche better; it deepens my insights about humanity, why people behave a certain way.” Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, is recognized as one of the most influential psychiatrists of all time. He suggested that personality, among others, plays a role in influencing human behavior and that this can be passed down from generation to generation. “The more stories I read, the deeper my insights become about humanity,” pointed out Charo, … [Read more...] about The next role Charo Santos-Concio wants to play
In my line of business, which involves the sale of drug testing kits, I run into many a sad story about how addiction has ruined lives and caused an immense amount of grief among people who get hooked on any number of substances, especially opioids . And while you may think I am talking about people who were born into poverty and were down on their luck and looking for an escape (and I've heard those stories, too), I'm not. I'm talking about people who have lived privileged lives, earned college degrees, started successful practices and followed their entrepreneurial dream. David J. Linden, professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, says there is some evidence that the traits that make a good entrepreneur also make one susceptible to addiction. It can also be a rather lonely road entrepreneurs walk as they get their businesses off the ground and that, coupled with a constant fear of failure hanging over their heads, may also lead to … [Read more...] about Some Traits That Make You a Good Entrepreneur Also Make You Susceptible to Addiction. These Strategies Can Help
So your home loan has finally been disbursed and you can now proudly call yourself a homeowner. This is indeed one of the most cherished and expensive investments you’ll make in your life. But have you ever thought of the possibility of something happening to you before you pay your full home loan? Your liabilities will be handed over to your family members, leaving them under financial stress. While there are various things to consider before investing in a house, we often neglect important add-ons such as an insurance policy that covers your home loan repayments. There are two ways to prevent your family from the burden of such liabilities – home loan insurance or a term insurance policy . Both policies provide cover against financial stress. The main difference between them is that a home loan covers the property, while a term policy covers a person’s life. Let’s dig deeper to understand the differences. Premium charges Close Depending on needs and … [Read more...] about Securing a home loan liability: Home loan insurance or term policy?
The top AIDS research institute in India is set to undertake a first-ever study to assess the role of dating apps such as Tinder and OkCupid, among others, in contributing to the HIV and AIDS burden in the country. In the West, such studies have established that dating apps may be leading to a rise in HIV cases among adolescents, but no empirical evidence is available from India yet on whether there is a change in risk behaviour following the use of such dating apps. Scientists at the National AIDS Research Institute (NARI) under the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that their discussion with various stakeholders suggested that a large number of men having sex with men and female sex workers may have shifted to dating apps. “Therefore, we thought this would be an important study to understand the correlation between dating apps and AIDS in India in the changing social scenario that is heavily dependent on technology, mobile phones and internet,” said a senior … [Read more...] about Spotlight on dating apps for role in adding to HIV-AIDS burden in India
Representative image Health may be wealth but the fear of ill health has proved to be strong medicine for the medical insurance industry. The total health insurance premium collected in India grew by a whopping 25 percent in just a year, possibly due to the huge rush by people to protect themselves and their families from catastrophic out-of-pocket medical expenses arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and increase in the premium cost. A paper titled Health Insurance in 2042: Challenges and Opportunities prepared by the National Insurance Academy under the Union finance ministry has revealed that while Rs 58,572 crore was collected in 2020-21 as health insurance premium by insurance companies, this figured jumped to Rs 73,330 crore in the next financial year. The first quarter of fiscal 2021 was marked by the devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic which saw the maximum number of hospitalisations and deaths across the country. The paper released at a PHD … [Read more...] about Health insurance premium collected in India grew 25% during peak COVID year
Representative image (Source: https://www.pexels.com/) After repeated pleas by a large number of doctors wishing to pursue their postgraduate degrees to defer the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Postgraduate) or NEET PG, scheduled for May 21, failed to move the government, the students have filed a petition in the Supreme Court to postpone the examination. The case is up for hearing on May 13. NEET PG is the qualifying exam for those who have passed their MBBS level to take up broad speciality courses in medicine. But why do the majority of students who are to appear in the NEET PG this year and are backed by various students’ associations apart from the Indian Medical Association (IMA) want the examination put off by a few weeks? Also, why is the National Board of Examination under the Union health ministry which conducts NEET PG not ready to budge from its stand? We try to explain everything here. Why do the students want the examination pushed? Close … [Read more...] about Explainer| Why are doctors at loggerheads with Centre to get NEET PG postponed?
(Representative image) Well over two years into the pandemic, hundreds of thousands of COVID cases continue to be recorded around the world every day. With the rise of new variants, the symptoms of COVID have also evolved. Initially, the NHS regarded a fever, cough, and loss or change in sense of smell or taste as the main symptoms which could indicate COVID infection . Now, recently updated NHS guidance suggests also looking out for symptoms including a sore throat, blocked or runny nose, and a headache. But what about some of the more obscure signs and symptoms? From skin lesions to hearing loss, emerging data is increasingly showing us that COVID symptoms can go beyond what you might expect from a regular cold or a flu. 1. Skin lesions COVID-related skin complaints are not uncommon. In fact, a UK study published in 2021 found that one in five patients only exhibited a rash and no other symptom. Close COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions … [Read more...] about Four strange COVID symptoms you might not have heard about