Conquering depression and spreading happiness

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

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

Play video games to manage late-life depression

Play video games to manage late-life depression

Playing video games on one’s mobiles, tablets or PCs, considered as a form of entertainment, is hardly taken seriously. However, a recent study has found out its potential to treat late-life depression (among individuals aged 60 and above). Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) Health Sciences and UW Medicine found promising results for treating depression with playing video games. As per the researchers, video game interface can help treat depression by targeting the underlying cognitive issues associated with it. Read more

Hospice caregivers at increasing risk of anxiety and depression

Hospice caregivers at increasing risk of anxiety and depression

A hospice aide is a healthcare professional who provides care within a safe and secure environment. One of the responsibilities of a hospice caregiver is to positively impact the terminally ill patient’s experience by providing care and support in response to his/her needs as well as provide support to the members of a dying loved one or of someone recently lost. Typically structured according to the needs and wishes of each patient and his or her family, hospice care focuses on all aspects of a patient’s life and well-being. As caregivers work non-stop in a hospice environment, the working hours sometimes involve overnight stays. While more than 34 million in the U.S. care for the terminally ill loved ones, only a few resources are available to help them face the daily challenges that come their way.

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Depressive symptoms likely in users of multiple social media platforms: Study

Depressive symptoms likely in users of multiple social media platforms: Study

Social media has revolutionized the way people communicate by providing multiple platforms for exchanging ideas, promoting socially-relevant causes and enabling real-time updates. It has spawned a culture of information sharing which is concise, interactive and visually attractive. Not surprisingly, social media usage has increased substantially and people are using multiple platforms for various purposes. But the good part seems to end here. Read more

Psychological distress may aggravate cancer risk, says study

Psychological distress may aggravate cancer risk, says study

A new study carried out by a joint team of researchers from University College London (UCL), Edinburgh University, and University of Sydney helps examine the relationship between psychological distress and causes of cancer and its advancement. Read more

Beware men, sexism and masculinity can lead to poor mental health

Beware men, sexism and masculinity can lead to poor mental health

Depression affects both men and women alike, but the symptoms of depression might differ in the two cases. As per experts, women with mental health issues tend to feel sad or worthless, while men tend to become hostile, aggressive or withdrawn. In extreme cases, it might even lead to suicide. Read more

Surge in depression among American teens, especially girls: Study

Surge in depression among American teens, especially girls: Study

Sadness and anxiety are common emotions experienced by teenagers and young adults. This is not a new phenomenon, but there has been a significant increase in the percentage of people aged between 12 and 20 years to be diagnosed with major depressive episode (MDE), according to a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics in November 2016. Read more

Depression does not discriminate, it can affect even singers

Depression does not discriminate, it can affect even singers

Like any other mental illness, depression does not discriminate. It does not care whether you live in a mansion or on the streets. It does not care to check your bank balance or occupation. No matter who you are or what your background is, you have a chance of suffering from depression. Read more

Baby blues are the least severe form of postpartum depression

Baby blues are the least severe form of postpartum depression

Giving birth to new life is a special experience for every woman. The entire process starting from pregnancy to giving birth to a child is unique to women. Pregnancy introduces many hormonal changes in the body, physical as well as mental, such as depression, stress, anxiety, mood swings, eating disorders and many others. Similarly, even post childbirth, a woman may experience symptoms such as mood swings and depression a condition commonly known as postpartum depression. Read more