Mental Health

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.

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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