Playing sports can help teens cope with depressive symptoms

Playing sports can help teens cope with depressive symptoms

Teenagers often appear to be moody, irritated and aggressive. According to experts, a teenager encounters these feelings due to several hormonal and psychological changes, and extended exposure to the world. All these together affect their understanding, which further makes them feel agitated and anxious. In severe cases, it can also lead to depression. Read more

Tips to manage postnatal depression

Tips to manage postnatal depression

Giving birth to a baby is an amazing feeling, but sometimes it can derail the life of new mothers, in case they happen to experience “baby blues,” such as mild depression, mood swings, an inexplicable urge to cry and the mixed feeling of motherhood. These blues are quite normal and can be triggered by hormonal changes witnessed during pregnancy and motherhood. However, if these emotions become severe and continue for a longer period of time, it can be a case of postnatal depression. Read more

Indonesia sees homosexuality as mental disorder, but defers criminalization of gay sex

Indonesia sees homosexuality as mental disorder, but defers criminalization of gay sex

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community has always been a soft target for others in many parts of the world. Amid the ongoing debate over the legalization of homosexuality world over, the Indonesian government undertook a retrogressive measure recently, publishing a guide that proposes to classify homosexuality as a mental disorder. The proposed law, backed by 10 major political parties of the country, is likely to criminalize gay sex, punishable by up to five years of imprisonment for anyone breaking the law. Read more

Study finds screen addiction major cause behind unhappiness in teens

Study finds screen addiction major cause behind unhappiness in teens

The smile on the face of a teen, bent over to play a game or post an update on his/her social media account on the smartphone, may not necessarily be an indication of happiness but could signal the level of involvement. A new study conducted to determine the outcome of the long hours spent on the electronic devices has concluded that more time spent in front of the screen coincided with lesser happiness among the youth. Read more

This Does Not Define Us: Utah student association video aims at improving mental health

This Does Not Define Us: Utah student association video aims at improving mental health

Over the years, studies have given evidence of poor mental health conditions at colleges and universities. In fact, the Utah State University Student Association (USUSA) declared a mental health crisis at the universities last year. A year since the declaration, student leaders and administrators continue to make efforts to improve the state of mental health affairs on campus.

As part of these efforts, the USUSA has created a video titled “This Does Not Define Us,” which encourages students to reach out to family, friends and roommates when they feel alone. The idea of the video is to spread the message that nobody is ever alone, there is always somebody or the other to seek help from. “Friends, parents and best mates are here for you, ready to listen, wanting to help,” says the video. Read more

How viable are digital therapies in treating mental health issues

How viable are digital therapies in treating mental health issues

As treatment methods for mental health illness are evolving by the day, the foray of digital technology in this direction isn’t surprising. Currently, there are many apps such as Code Blue, Breathe2Relax and Lantern, which use the easy accessibility of the mobile platform to help people find a solution for their mental health issues. Some of these apps, such as the PTSD Coach, also provides the facility to store contacts, find treatment programs in the vicinity and contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline in case there is an urgency. Read more

How smartphones are taking over our lives

How smartphones are taking over our lives

Technology has brought about a paradigm shift in the way people communicate today. As the communication paraphernalia continues to expand with the advent of cell phones, tablets and other electronic gadgets, they have changed the lives of people drastically. However, the general euphoria felt initially that these gizmos would alter people’s lives for the better, has begun to wane. The excessive use of technology has already started showing its detrimental effects. Read more

Suicidal woman suffering from bipolar, depression gets relief from ketamine; is it a safe drug?

Suicidal woman suffering from bipolar, depression gets relief from ketamine; is it a safe drug?

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death and disability across the world. More than 41,000 people commit suicide in the United States alone every year, as per the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Demographically, women are twice as likely as men to attempt suicide due to a range of factors. According to experts, mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or substance abuse are also among the major risk factors that lead to suicidal ideation. Read more

WHO to declare video game addiction a mental disorder?

WHO to declare video game addiction a mental disorder?

The speculation of labeling playing video game as a mental disorder has been rife since long and the World Health Organization (WHO) is all set to take action. The 11th update of WHO’s International Classification of Diseases has defined gaming disorder as “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior (‘digital gaming’ or ‘video gaming’), which may be online (i.e., over the Internet) or offline.” The indications of this disorder are: Read more

Prevalence of gender divide in mental health demands adequate investment

Prevalence of gender divide in mental health demands adequate investment

In the past few years, it has been observed that an increased number of women have been affected by mental health issues compared to men. Moreover, the problem is more common among girls and young women. Some of the prominent reasons behind the above-mentioned shocking revelation are societal pressure, negative body image, social media, pressure at school, etc. Read more