The Curious Case of Optical Illusions and Its Effects On the Mind

The Curious Case of Optical Illusions and Its Effects On the Mind

Today's post is authored by MedEq's Social Media Chair and Mental Health Project Head, Nastaeen Tajin.

If you’ve been keeping up with the Mental Health blogs up until this point, we’ve discussed various ways to relieve stress. For example, in the past we’ve talked about caffeine, electroconvulsive therapy, and very recently, sleep. Although these are common ways people ease their mind, there is one method that has existed for centuries and has not yet received the credit it deserves: photoelectric therapy, commonly known as optical illusions.

Although the theory of photoelectric therapy had existed centuries before, it wasn’t until the 19th century that Dr. Babbit, M.D. experimented with colored light and confirmed, through research, the therapeutic effects of it. But the research did not stop there. Fast forward to the 1930’s, Dr. Spitler had proved that mental illnesses could be controlled, and in idyllic circumstances, eradicated by the use of colors. Fast forward to modern day 2016, it is now known that light plays a bigger role in our minds than previously thought.

The Frequency of Life and its Wave of Emotions

The Frequency of Life and its Wave of Emotions

Today's post is authored by Mental Health Project Group member: Kavya Davuluri.

Physics. Despite being an arduous subject, it defines the world around us. Sound travels as waves, with dips and highs that navigate through air particles, much how dominoes cascade against one another. From my vocal cords, vibrating against each other in quick motions, are waves of sound which travel up through my lips, flitting across the air between us, and landing against your eardrum, launching another series of events.

In the human world, perhaps the most important sound is voice. Words orated from anyone between our dearest loved ones, to the average joe on the street all make an impact on how we behave, perceive, think, and feel. Sure, our own personalities have something to do with how our lives go on, but the people around us are more important than we care to say at times. Sticks and stones may break bones, but words can affect us psychologically.

Never Undervalue the Importance of Sleeping

Never Undervalue the Importance of Sleeping

Today's post is authored by MedEq's Communication Committee Chair, Ali Berri.

Admittedly, we’ve all done it at least once or twice. You tell yourself, “I’ll just relax for now and stay up studying for my exam all night; that gives me more than enough time!” Little do we realize the detrimental effects of pulling all-nighters has on our bodies, especially regarding our brain and mental health. 

More than 70 million Americans suffer from sleep deprivation with college students accounting for a significant portion of that number. As college students, we are willing to compromise our recommended 8 hours of sleep in order to increase our time studying. What happens instead is that we fall into the trap, time and time again, where we don’t sleep at night and make up for that with a nap during the day. It’s an ongoing cycle – one that is difficult to correct. Though it seems innocent, this habit takes a huge toll on the human mind.

Examining the Effectiveness of Electroconvulsive Therapy

Examining the Effectiveness of Electroconvulsive Therapy

Today's post is authored by MedEq's Social Media Chair, Nastaeen Tajin.

A professor walks into class on the first day and holds up a red textbook. He asks the class, “what color is this textbook”. Confused by the oddity of the question, the class look at each other for a few seconds before unanimously answering “red”.

The professor smiles and says, “ I disagree. This textbook is blue”. This further confuses the class, as the textbook in front of them is so obviously red.

One brave student amongst the crowd stands up and says, “with all due respect sir, this textbook is red”. Again, the professor simply smiles and says, “it’s blue”.

Certain that they had signed up for the wrong class, or perhaps for the wrong teacher, the students start to pack their belongings ready to leave. The professor, who was still holding up the textbook, says. “All of you were so bent on believing that this book is red, which is true. But, if you look at it from my perspective, (he flips the textbook so that the students could see the other side, and to their surprise, the cover is blue), it is indeed blue”.

Moral of the story, there are two sides to every situation.

Mental Health and Caffeine: Miracle Cure or Morbid Curse?

Mental Health and Caffeine: Miracle Cure or Morbid Curse?

Today's post is authored by Nastaeen Tajin, MedEq's Public Relations Coordinator. 

We have all been put in a position where we have had accomplish a task in a short span of time and apply various techniques maintaining focus and sanity. Some people slip ice-cubes down their shirts or place a rubber band on their wrist and snap it when they feel too sleepy. As we all know, and experience for that matter, coffee is the top method of accomplishing this task. Coffee is successful in providing that short-term jolt of energy to assist one in surviving an all-night study session but it can also have long-term effects on one’s health.

Effects of Obesity on Mental Health

Effects of Obesity on Mental Health

Fried-chicken, steak, french fries, sausage, pizza, mashed potatoes with gravy, soda, mouthwatering desserts—when presented with these delicious food choices, it’s almost impossible for anyone to control their temptations. The delightful aroma entices your appetite, and tricks our brain to consume more than what is needed for the body. Such a phenomenon carries out over a long period of time and eventually results in obesity.

A Primer on Schizophrenia

A Primer on Schizophrenia

Sure, we’ve all seen, A Beautiful Mind and felt inspired to help those who are suffering from Schizophrenia. Axiomatically so, however, Hollywood has glorified the reality of those who are schizophrenic. Schizophrenia is a very severe, brain disabling disorder that affects 1% of the nation’s population, roughly 3 million people. People who suffer from this disorder often report on hearing voices that others cannot hear. They might start to believe that others are reading or controlling their minds, or plotting to harm them. This can terrify people with the illness and make them withdrawn or extremely agitated. People with schizophrenia may not make sense when they talk or may sit for hours without moving or talking. Sometimes people with schizophrenia may seem to be perfectly fine until they talk about what they are really thinking.

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