The Role of Neurotransmitters

The Role of Neurotransmitters

Neurotransmitters are chemical compounds released by neurons that travel from one neural synapse to another to cause a specific reaction. Once the neurotransmitter completes the designated task, they are deactivated, moved away from the receptor or reabsorbed by the...
Tips for Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Tips for Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

With the ending of daylight saving time, a bonus hour of sleep is gained, but something precious is lost: sunlight. When daylight ends earlier in the evening, there is an increase in the diagnosis of depression, according to a study in 2016. Roughly 5% of Americans...
Stigma of Mental Illness

Stigma of Mental Illness

A stigma is a negative connotation towards a certain characteristic or trait. There are stigmas associated with mental health problems which cause some people to veer away from seeking help. Stigmas can lead to discrimination against people with a mental illness or...
How PTS and PTSD Differ: Part 2

How PTS and PTSD Differ: Part 2

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a commonly known mental illness diagnoses. It is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the criteria is constantly changing. You can be diagnosed with PTSD if you have experienced or witnessed a...
Effects of a Concussion

Effects of a Concussion

Concussions can be minor or can be traumatic injuries to the brain. Concussions occur when there is a blow to the head that causes the brain to move quickly back and forth. The sudden movement results in the brain bouncing against the skull and can damage cells and...