Depression in nurses: The epidemic no one is talking about

Depression in nurses: The epidemic no one is talking about

The nursing profession is fast-paced and demanding. It requires immense concentration, stamina and accountability. Nursing is often characterized by a “culture of survival” where they face several situations as a direct consequence of their job – rude and thankless patients, deterioration of patients’ health and even their death. These daily stressors take a toll and may manifest in the form of depression. Read more

JNK: New protein playing dominant role in alleviating anxiety and depression

JNK: New protein playing dominant role in alleviating anxiety and depression

A study conducted by Finland-based scientists provided insights on how the brain regulates depression and anxiety at the molecular level by conducting experiments on mice. This could pave the way to the discovery of new drugs for treatment-resistant cases of mental disorders. The scientists from Åbo Akademi University in Finland in collaboration with their counterparts based in the United States have found that by controlling newly born nerve cells in the hippocampus region of the brain, one can control his or her mood as well as symptoms of anxiety and depression. Read more

Early depression affects gray matter development, finds study

Early depression affects gray matter development, finds study

The signs of depression in children are often misdiagnosed and passed off as a case of temporary blues. Many people believe that children are unlikely to suffer from chronic psychotic disorders like clinical depression. It is true that depression is a common disorder among adolescents, however, lately, more and more children have been gripped by the debilitating mental disorder due to a variety of reasons. Read more

Paternal postpartum depression: Growing problem in new fathers

Paternal postpartum depression: Growing problem in new fathers

Postpartum depression is a severe form of depression commonly found in new moms. Many new mothers are unable to come to terms with the new situation and have to deal with a lot of stress post the arrival of the baby. Postpartum depression is characterized by hopelessness, lack of enthusiasm, and feelings of guilt and anxiety. There is also a tendency to worry overtly about the baby, which could signal the existence of another condition known as postpartum anxiety. While postnatal depression is a common problem in new moms, it is unimaginable that even new dads are prone to the disorder after their bundle of joy arrives. Read more

Progressive aging post menopause may predict depression and mood disorders, finds study

Progressive aging post menopause may predict depression and mood disorders, finds study

Depression can strike anyone due to any reason at any time. While hormonal factors and environmental conditions have been found to play a crucial role in deciding the nature of mental health of women, a group of scientists has suggested that a stronger link exists between overall age and emotional mood disorders as opposed to the association between menopausal status and signs of depression. Read more