Mental health http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/21627/all en Cambodia's dark past clouds minds http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/asia/100301/cambodia-mental-health <p>PHNOM&nbsp;PENH, Cambodia &mdash; Psychiatrist Sotheara Chhim has given more thought than most to the mental burdens carried by Cambodians. Pointing to a glass of water on his table, he describes how the legacy of decades marred by war, genocide and enduring poverty still help push so many here over the edge. &ldquo;I think every Cambodian is like a glass carrying some water, meaning the traumatic past,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;If more water is put in, the glass fills easier than an empty glass.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/asia/100301/cambodia-mental-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mental health Asia-Pacific Cambodia Health Thu, 18 Mar 2010 16:54:00 +0000 Aubrey Belford 5529798 at http://www.globalpost.com Indonesia: Mentally ill still live in chains http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/indonesia/110907/indonesia-mental-health-schizophrenia <p>ABANG, Indonesia &mdash; Only 2.3 percent of Indonesia&#39;s national budget goes toward health care, and less than 1 percent of that amount is put toward mental health.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/indonesia/110907/indonesia-mental-health-schizophrenia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mental health Culture & Lifestyle Indonesia Health Tue, 13 Sep 2011 10:52:00 +0000 Sara Schonhardt 5674865 at http://www.globalpost.com Mental health: Why are Europeans afraid of spiders? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/macro/mental-heath-europe-depression <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nearly 40 percent of all Europeans suffered from a mental disorder in 2010, a new study says. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomas Mucha </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>If you like numbers (and who doesn't), then check out <a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/09/europes-mental-health" target="_blank">this fascinating chart</a> from <a href="http://www.economist.com/" target="_blank">the Economist</a>.</p> <p>According to a study published this week in <em><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/europe">European</a> Neuropsychopharmacology</em>, 38 percent of all Europeans suffered from a mental illness in 2010.</p> <p>That works out to about 165 million people. </p> <p>Which mental health afflictions do Europeans most commonly suffer?</p> <p>Here's a quick rundown of the data, which came from a study of the 27 countries in the European Union, plus Norway, Switzerland and Iceland:</p> <ul><li> Depression tops the list. More than 30 million suffered from it in 2010, or 6.7 percent of the total.</li> <li> Some 22 million people reported specific phobias such as fear of spiders, the Economist notes. </li> <li> More than 20 million had somatoform disorders (hypochondrias, persistent pain disorders, etc.).</li> <li> About 12 million people suffered from sleep apnea, 10 million had social phobias and 8 million had <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001921/" target="_blank">agoraphobia</a> (a panic disorder related to the fear of outdoors, bridges and being outside alone). </li> </ul><p>Here's the full list:</p> <p><img alt="" class="imagecache-gp3_full_article" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/gp3_full_article/economist_mental_health_jpeg.jpg" title=""></p> <p>Source: The Economist</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/macro/mental-heath-europe-depression" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mental health Europe Health Macro Wed, 07 Sep 2011 19:38:00 +0000 Thomas Mucha 5674866 at http://www.globalpost.com Mental health: British shrinks beg to differ http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europe/mental-health-british-shrinks-beg-differ <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New American definitions of illness provoke controversy among British mental health professionals </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> From this side of the Atlantic, the U.S. increasingly looks like a loony bin. The Republican debates may be the best reality show ever invented but they do not enhance America&#39;s reputation abroad for being a sane, stable society.</p> <p> No surprise then that health-care professionals in Britain are pushing back against the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the handbook of psychiatric diagnosis, published by the American Psychiatric Association. It sets the international standard but to many British mental health professionals it goes way overboard in classifying behaviors as clinically ill.</p> <p> DSM-5 is due to be published in May. Peter Kinderman, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Liverpool, told <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/feb/09/us-mental-health-manual">The Guardian</a>, he disagreed with the new category of &quot;oppositional defiant disorder.&quot; He called it dubious. &quot;Since my children say, &#39;no, you are an idiot, dad&#39; repeatedly to me, by definition my children are ill.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europe/mental-health-british-shrinks-beg-differ" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Diagnostic and Statistical Manual DSM-5 Hamlet Home Mental health mental illness Regions Europe United Kingdom On Europe Europa GlobalPost Blogs Fri, 10 Feb 2012 14:07:01 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5691207 at http://www.globalpost.com Rich or poor, depression is a growing global crisis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/commentary/rich-or-poor-depression-growing-global-crisis Many think depression is a distinctly first-world illness, but medical efforts in impoverished areas are showing this belief to be completely untrue. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/commentary/rich-or-poor-depression-growing-global-crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> medical Mental health Commentary Health Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:11:00 +0000 Dr. David J. Grelotti and Dr. Stephanie Smith 5721753 at http://www.globalpost.com Creativity and mental illness linked in new, large-scale study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/creativity-and-mental-illness-linked-new-large-scale-study "If one takes the view that certain phenomena associated with the patient's illness are beneficial, it opens the way for a new approach to treatment."<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/creativity-and-mental-illness-linked-new-large-scale-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mental health Culture & Lifestyle Health Weird Wide Web Tue, 16 Oct 2012 15:35:00 +0000 Amy Silverstein 5722777 at http://www.globalpost.com In-depth series: global state of mental health http://www.globalpost.com/series/depth-series-global-state-mental-health Days after Adam Lanza shot up Sandy Hook Elementary School, gun control laws are once again the subject of hot debate. But what about mental-health policy? What if mental health care was as easy to get as, say, a gun? GlobalPost takes a trip around the globe to see how psychological issues are treated outside America. Mental health Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 5729331 at http://www.globalpost.com On Location Video: Mental illness is rising in Pakistan and Afghanistan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/pakistan/121217/video-afghanistan-pakistan-mental-illness-health-treatment <p>Pakistani doctors say three times as many patients are seeking treatment for mental illness. Patients travel from as far as Afghanistan to seek treatment for mental anguish sparked by war.</p> Afghanistan Mental health On Location Health Pakistan Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:49:00 +0000 Suzanna Koster 5729358 at http://www.globalpost.com On Location Video: In a land of faith healers, New Delhi gets street psychiatry http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/india/121217/video-new-delhi-psychiatrist-shortage-mental-health <p>NEW DELHI &mdash; India&#39;s shortage of psychiatrists has become a glaring issue even as the country makes economic strides.</p> Mental health On Location India Health Mon, 17 Dec 2012 19:19:00 +0000 Mark Scheffler 5729370 at http://www.globalpost.com New action plan could be a turning point in global mental health http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/new-action-plan-could-be-turning-point-global-mental-health <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The World Health Organization is attempting to improve the astounding statistics that surround mental healthcare around the world. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Judem </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US Congress isn’t the only place where mental health discussions have surfaced recently.</p> <p>The World Health Organization (WHO) discussed the latest draft of a new <a href="http://www.who.int/mental_health/mhgap/consultation_global_mh_action_plan_2013_2020/en/index.html">Global Mental Health Action Plan</a> last week, which, if adopted, would set clear goals for progress and aim to improve accountability in improving mental healthcare around the world.</p> <p>The action plan will be officially voted for at the World Health Assembly in May, but the draft of the plan received wide support at the recent WHO Executive Board meeting, according to Kelly O’Donnell, coordinator of the Mental Health-Psychosocial Working Group of the NGO Forum for Health, who attended the meeting. </p> <p>The adoption of the action plan would represent a turning point in global mental healthcare, said O’Donnell.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/new-action-plan-could-be-turning-point-global-mental-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mental health Health Global Pulse Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:45:00 +0000 Emily Judem 5739562 at http://www.globalpost.com Q&A: Should mental health be part of the gun control debate? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/gun-control-mental-health GlobalPost talked to Dr. Reid Meloy about the role of mental health in the current national gun control debate.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/gun-control-mental-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mental health Health Global Pulse Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:42:02 +0000 Claire McCartney 5762367 at http://www.globalpost.com Inside the Syrian refugee camps, a silent epidemic http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/iraq/140114/inside-the-syrian-refugee-camps-silent-epidemic <p><span style="font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">DOMIZ REFUGEE CAMP, Iraq &mdash; There&rsquo;s more than one way to be scarred by war. And when it comes to mental health, many Syrians are finding the refugee camps nearly as damaging as the war-torn homeland they left behind.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/iraq/140114/inside-the-syrian-refugee-camps-silent-epidemic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mental health Conflict Zones Syria Want to Know Iraq Wed, 15 Jan 2014 05:55:00 +0000 Josh Wood 6042890 at http://www.globalpost.com The lingering wounds of Liberia’s 14-year civil war http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/mental-wounds-liberia-war <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tackling post-traumatic stress disorder and mental illness, one case at a time. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Molly Knight Raskin </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NIMBA COUNTY, Liberia &mdash; In Nimba County, northeastern Liberia, the most visible signs of the country&rsquo;s 14-year civil war are finally fading. Ethnic tensions have calmed, bombed buildings are being rebuilt and the economy is showing modest growth.</p> <p>But the deepest wounds of the conflict are difficult to see and slower to heal. They are the psychological scars of war, and even after a decade of peace they are crippling people this small African nation.</p> <p>&ldquo;When I think about the war I just cry,&rdquo; said 29-year-old Nimba resident Mike Otis Myers. &ldquo;I survived, so I&rsquo;m lucky. But when I think about what happened I feel so bad.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/mental-wounds-liberia-war" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mental health Health Global Pulse Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:40:23 +0000 Molly Knight Raskin 6098876 at http://www.globalpost.com