Conquering depression and spreading happiness

Life is how we take it. Simple, yet, quite powerful words. Unfortunately, for some people, a single heartbreaking event or a string of bad episodes can put them in a space full of darkness and depression. It is important to come out of that depressive phase, otherwise life might follow a downward spiral and the person might get afflicted with mental problems.

Fortunately, it is possible to learn from every setback and start once again from where one stumbled and fell. However, this calls for a will of steel and a constant reminder to remain happy.

Listed below are some strategies that one can adopt to weed away depressive thoughts and replace them with happy thoughts and actions. Read more

Pessimistic thoughts impede growth by hounding people with depression

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

— Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2

The above quote rightly highlights that the source of all good and bad thoughts is in the head. When a person is suffering from a depressive disorder, a range of negative thoughts start flowing in his or her mind. This prevents the person from discerning imagination from reality and instead creates obstacles by inflicting challenging symptoms, such as guilt, self-denunciation, self-retribution, and illusions of failure or inadequacy. Such negative thinking is indicative of a depressive person’s mindset.

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Ways brain governs the heart

“Follow your heart but take your brain with you.”

– Alfred Adler

The above quote from the famous Austrian psychotherapist accurately defines a well-accepted fact that there is a strong connection between the brain and the heart. Such is the close relationship between both the vital organs that people often stumble upon conflicting situations. While one is considered the precursor to the other, they are also interdependent upon each other. For years, people were under the impression that the connection between brain and heart was completely behavioral in nature, such as turning to smoking and drinking to relieve any kind of stress.

Gradually, this view has started to change as research has established a physiological basis to this connection. The biological and chemical aspects that produce mental health problems can also set off heart diseases. Moreover, biochemical changes predispose people to have other health problems, including cardiovascular diseases. Considering the above relationship, one must may attention to both the aspects of their health. Read more

Can a late school starting time help prevent depression and accidents?

Sleep is important to one’s well-being, especially for growing children. Its inadequacy can affect both their physical and mental health. Moreover, sleepiness and irregular sleep schedules may lead to unpleasant consequences, including negative impact on a child’s learning, memory and performance.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two in three high school students fail to get sufficient sleep, a pattern consistent since 2007, and less than one in five middle and high schools in the U.S. start the day before the recommended start time of 8:30 a.m. In the light of the view that school going teenagers are sleep deprived due to early school hours, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has urged middle and high school students to begin their proceedings from 8:30 a.m. or later. The suggestion is backed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as well considering that start time policies in the country are not determined at the federal or state level but driven at the individual or district level. Read more

Study attempts to understand new perspectives of depression

Clinical depression or major depression, a leading cause of disability across the world, has a huge socioeconomic impact, affecting time off work and productivity. Around 16 million adults in the United States (amounting to nearly 7 percent of the population) had at least one major depressive episode in 2015, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Depression, a common but serious mood disorder, may affect how a person feels, thinks, or perform daily activities including eating, sleeping and working. Recently, the University of Aberdeen recruited over 500 volunteers to understand depression in the new light. Read more

What makes women more prone to depression?

Depression can affect both men and women, though women are more prone to being affected due to certain biological, hormonal and social factors. Women are two times at a greater likelihood of being afflicted with major depression than men. Experts point out that the paucity of reliable relationships along with a fast-paced life in modern times and traumatic life circumstances trigger depressive episodes in women Read more

How depression creates hurdles in managing daily life

Depression is one of the common mental illnesses, affecting individuals of all age groups, the world over. Globally, more than 300 million people struggle with depression and it is one of the primary causes of disability and one of the leading contributors to the worldwide burden of diseases, as highlighted by the World Health Organization (WHO). Further, as compared to men, women are more susceptible to depression. Untreated and chronic depression can severely affect one’s quality of life and because of this, a person might develop suicidal ideation or even, commit suicide, when hopelessness gets the better of him. Read more

5 inspiring books to ward off depression symptoms

Depression can affect anyone, regardless of gender, culture, socioeconomic status, or any other parameter. Although it is natural to feel depressed at some point in life, but if the low mood continues day after day, it could be the sign of a serious issue. A person struggling with depression no longer enjoyed activities that he or she once took joy in. At times, the symptoms can be so severe that they start interfering with one’s daily activities. Read more

Are men at a higher risk of committing suicide than women?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are striking gender differences in the general pattern of common mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Studies have shown that women are twice as likely to suffer from depression, probably due to marked differences in socioeconomic factors, such as education, income, and drug abuse. Read more

Break away from isolation to overcome depression

Loneliness and social isolation, as studies suggest, are the two leading risk factors for developing depressive symptoms. Compared to others, people surrounded with friends and family members are able to grapple all challenges and weather any storm with élan. Read more