Depression is one of the most common mental disorders, and it is perceived that women are more susceptible to depression than men. Studies say that depression is twice as common in women as in men. The reasons for this uneven gender distribution are not entirely clear, but are thought to be partly biological, partly psychological, and partly socio-cultural. Read more
Depression in expectant fathers might lead to premature birth of their babies, says a recently published study. It thus contradicts the general belief about only maternal factors being responsible for premature births. Read more
The substance abuse problem has acquired the status of an epidemic in the United States, and no section of the society is untouched by it, not even the highly qualified professionals. According to a study published in the Bar Examiner magazine in December 2015, law students suffering from an addiction and/or a mental illness are reluctant to make their problem public, fearing they might lose the right to practice law later. Read more
Poverty has often been found to be associated with various health conditions, be it physical or mental. Now, a new study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry has found a relation between poverty and childhood depression. Read more
A very frequent and dangerous consequence of stroke is a feeling of anxiety, hopelessness, frustration, sadness and fear among patients who have survived the attack. These emotions are common with approximately one-third of stroke survivors who experience major depression post attack. Clinically identified as symptoms of post-stroke depression (PSD), the National Institutes of Health states that it is under diagnosed. Read more
To be able to enjoy the sunlight is a boon. The lack of sunshine – a natural mood enhancer – may cause deviation in mood patterns and behaviors, in turn giving vent to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. These signs of depression are classified by clinical psychologists as symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as the winter depression because its traits are more visible during the cold season. Read more
It is an established fact that depression is a mental health condition caused by chemical imbalance of neurochemicals in the brain, but now some studies suggest that the disorder is also an outcome of an inflammatory response of the body to deal with stress. Read more
It is important to first understand depression and its symptoms to deal with it. For a layman, experiencing depression is equivalent to experiencing a feeling of anxiety or sadness, followed by a period of lethargy and unhappiness. But according to medical practitioners, depression is a product of our fast-paced lifestyle that also causes insomnia and anxiety. Read more
The holiday season may not translate to joy, happiness and festivities for all, as many people struggle with grief, depression and sadness during that time of year. Chartered clinical psychologist and Telegraph columnist Dr Linda Blair has encouraged the need to try to create a Christmas survival guide, further highlighting the fact that the holiday season can be a highly stressful time. This means that depression and mental health can be affected if the season is not managed effectively. Read more
Music is called the language of soul as it can express emotions effectively and even affect a listener’s mood. Studies have shown that music can positively affect a person’s emotions.
A University of Missouri study has found that listening to upbeat music can lift a person’s spirits. In contrast, another study published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that people can seek out music to reflect their emotions. Individuals who had gone through a saddening occurrence, such as a break-up, preferred to listen to sad music, while those who were frustrated preferred to listen to angry music.
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