Pessimistic thoughts impede growth by hounding people with depression

Pessimistic thoughts impede growth by hounding people with depression

“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.

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Study attempts to understand new perspectives of depression

Study attempts to understand new perspectives of depression

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

How depression creates hurdles in managing daily life

How depression creates hurdles in managing daily life

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

5 inspiring books to ward off depression symptoms

5 inspiring books to ward off depression symptoms

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

Placebo approach may pave way for new therapeutic depression treatments

Placebo approach may pave way for new therapeutic depression treatments

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

Depression may diminish sexual desire in multifarious ways

Depression may diminish sexual desire in multifarious ways

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

Modafinil may boost memory in individuals recovering from depression, finds study

Modafinil may boost memory in individuals recovering from depression, finds study

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

Depression in nurses: The epidemic no one is talking about

Depression in nurses: The epidemic no one is talking about

The nursing profession is fast-paced and demanding. It requires immense concentration, stamina and accountability. Nursing is often characterized by a “culture of survival” where they face several situations as a direct consequence of their job – rude and thankless patients, deterioration of patients’ health and even their death. These daily stressors take a toll and may manifest in the form of depression. Read more

Dealing with post-adoption depression

Dealing with post-adoption depression

Adoption is a noble act. However, in a society where motherhood is not a choice but an obligation, adoption often becomes the last resort for the couple who cannot conceive. Adopting a child is not as simple and easy as it seems. While there are a plethora of legal complications involved in the process, it can be excruciating for the adoptive parents to go through the major emotional shift and lifestyle changes post adoption. Read more

Researchers divide depression into four different subtypes

Researchers divide depression into four different subtypes

Depression is a very common mental health condition characterized by persistent low moods, feelings of helplessness, sleep problems, low self-esteem, among others. Interestingly, every individual goes through a period of sadness and depression at some point in his or her life, which usually goes away on its own. But, when these symptoms make people feel completely unmotivated to do any task, it is a sign of a serious issue that cannot be passed on simply as the “blues.” Isolating from surroundings, detaching from friends and loved ones, alienating from the responsibility, and engrossing in self-thoughts are some of the other symptoms of depression. Read more