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
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
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
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
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), more commonly known as antidepressants, are one of the most popular medications prescribed for the treatment of depression, anxiety, eating disorders and other mental health conditions. These medicines take only a couple of weeks to showcase the effect by stabilizing mood and returning the normal functioning of the brain. Read more
Despite being a common mental illness, depression often gets brushed aside in thin air due to inadequate treatment facilities and prevalent social stigma. Depression is a debilitating mental issue that affects millions in the United States every year. According to the findings of the World Health Organization (WHO), it is the leading cause of disability in the world affecting more than 300 million people of all age groups.
The persistence of depression for a long period may lead to several health hazards, such as fatigue, insomnia, low appetite and weight loss, overeating and heavy weight gains, thoughts of death and even suicide. However, repercussions of depression can be overcome through placebo treatment. In fact, there is an interesting association between antidepressants and the placebo effect. The level of response of a person to real antidepressants depends on how accurately a person responds to fake medications. Read more
Sex and depression share an intricate correlation with the wonder chemical of the brain known as serotonin. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for triggering well-being and happiness by transmitting impulses between the nerve cells, regulates cyclic body processes and maintains mood balance.
In fact, serotonin plays a crucial role in affecting one’s sexual desire and other cognitive-behavioral functions. Due to this close relationship between the brain and sexual desire, any decrease in the level of serotonin affects the overall outlook of the mind. Therefore, during depression when such essential chemicals are out of balance, one is also likely to witness low or almost nonexistent sexual desire. This is the primary reason behind witnessing the strain in one’s relationship. Read more
Nearly all individuals with depression frequently suffer from impairments to memory, attentiveness and concentration. Cognitive deficiencies in majority of such individuals, which can be objectively measured, are likely to be sustained during recovery. The persistence of cognitive deficits in individuals leads to adverse consequences such as sub-optimal work performance and higher chances of relapse. People may take time off from work to recover from depression; even when they are present in the workplace, they may be far less productive than usual. This may give rise to feelings of distress and helplessness. Even during recovery, individuals find it difficult to return to optimal productivity levels in the workplace leaving them vulnerable. Read more
“Death may be a one-time event, but living with terminal illness is a process,” said Paul Kalanithi, an Indian-American neurosurgeon and writer, in his book “When Breath Becomes Air.” Truly, physical and spiritual suffering associated with a life-threatening disease can pose significant challenges to patients, families and caregivers. Read more
Stalking is a form of maladaptive behavior wherein someone incessantly badgers the victim with unwanted and unsolicited attention. Although everyone knows that stalking is insidious and scary, still, a lot of men and women fixate and stalk another person, causing inconvenience and annoyance. According to the 2011 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in six women and one in 19 men are stalked in their life. In a majority of cases, the stalker was someone known to the person. Read more
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