Major depression, also known as major depressive disorder (MDD) or clinical depression, is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) survey, an estimated 16.2 million American adults aged 18 or older had at least one major depressive episode in the past year, representing roughly 6.7 percent of the total population. Read more
Depression is a silent disease that has the capacity to disrupt a person’s daily life. At times, the severity of this mental problem can force a person to get ideas about suicide. According to the National Institute of Mental health (NIMH), an estimated 6.7 percent of American adults (aged 18 years and above) suffered from at least one major depressive episode in 2015. This accounted for 16.1 million American adults. Read more
The world of online dating has both its advantages and disadvantages. Though the huge pool of profiles can be accessed from anywhere, multiple rejections or dealing with ghosting, mooning, catfishing, etc., can get stressful and one might have to grapple with a burnout and depression. However, millions of youngsters still prefer online dating with the hope of finding the one with the right mindset. Read more
Depression is characterized by a persistent feeling of hopelessness, worthlessness, helplessness, emptiness, restlessness, irritability, guilt, sadness, etc. It also inflicts anxiety, loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed, decrease in energy, difficulty in focusing on tasks or making decisions, sleep problems, etc. Read more
Having a loved one with depression and taking care of him or her can be draining at times. Of all the challenges of living with a person suffering from depression, the one that can have far-reaching consequences on the psyche of the patient is communication. This is because people grappling with depression are quite sensitive and judgmental. Therefore, even if a loved one says something unintentionally, a person with depression might take that comment personally and start feeling dejected and betrayed.
Therefore, one must be empathetic towards people with depressive symptoms and weigh their words carefully while interacting with them. Listed below are a few challenges encountered by a person trying to communicate with a person suffering from depression. Read more
“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.
“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
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
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
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
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