Prevalence of gender divide in mental health demands adequate investment

Prevalence of gender divide in mental health demands adequate investment

In the past few years, it has been observed that an increased number of women have been affected by mental health issues compared to men. Moreover, the problem is more common among girls and young women. Some of the prominent reasons behind the above-mentioned shocking revelation are societal pressure, negative body image, social media, pressure at school, etc. Read more

Ways brain governs the heart

Ways brain governs the heart

“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

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

Dealing with treatment-resistant major depression – 4: Vagus nerve stimulation

Dealing with treatment-resistant major depression – 4: Vagus nerve stimulation

Depression is a serious mental disorder characterized by the feelings of persistent sadness, hopelessness, irritability, and even suicidal tendencies. When undetected or untreated, depression can prove to be highly devastating, often leading to longer episodes of depressive symptoms as well as aggravating other medical conditions. Clearly, depression is way beyond the normal feelings of sadness and gloom, and this is the reason why its symptoms do not go away naturally. Read more

Treatment for treatment-resistant major depression – 3: Using electroconvulsive therapy

Treatment for treatment-resistant major depression – 3: Using electroconvulsive therapy

Depression is one of the leading causes of disability in America, leading to the feelings of hopelessness, despondency or guilt in millions of Americans. People from all walks of life in the country experience some form of depression, owing to factors such as lifestyle changes, prolonged work stress, uncaring relationship, etc. However, depression is not merely about being sad, isolated or distressed over an issue; instead, it is a serious mental disorder that needs immediate medical intervention. Sadly, not everyone battling with depression receives adequate treatment, which has huge implications on one’s physical health, mental health and longevity, in the long run. Read more

Dealing with treatment-resistant major depression – 2: Using Dalhousie serotonin cocktail

Dealing with treatment-resistant major depression – 2: Using Dalhousie serotonin cocktail

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), major depressive disorder (MDD) is one of the main causes of disability in Americans aged between 15 and 44.3 years. The mental disorder, which is more prevalent in women than in men, affects nearly 6.7 percent of the U.S. population (more than 15 million adults aged 18 years or above) in a given year.

Although the basic symptoms of MDD are, somewhat, similar to that of depression, some of its symptoms could be highly intense or severe. A person with MDD may experience varying symptoms ranging from persistent irritability, loss of interest in activities to insomnia or restlessness. However, research is going on to develop new and innovative techniques to address the disorder and give relief to millions of people grappling with the devastating symptoms. Read more

Dealing with treatment-resistant major depression – 1: Using tianeptine

Dealing with treatment-resistant major depression – 1: Using tianeptine

Depression is a serious medical condition that affects how a person feels or reacts to routine situations in life. In the United States, depression is the most prevalent mental ailment, with millions of Americans being plagued by frequent episodes of intense sadness and lowered self-confidence. Apparently, depression is not just feeling sad, gloomy and isolated over a minor problem but is a much deeper issue, which, if left untreated, can lead to life-threatening consequences, such as suicide. Read more

Brain injuries lead to depression in soldiers, suggests study

Brain injuries lead to depression in soldiers, suggests study

The line of fire is not a pleasant place to be, and who knows that better than a soldier. These brave men not only fight to keep their country safe, but also deal with seclusion while on duty. Such lonely and forlorn times away from the loved ones may alone lead to mental disorders, with depression topping the chart. Besides loneliness, the haunting images of war and other tough missions often trigger the symptoms of mental conditions among soldiers. Read more

Practicing breathing exercises to manage depression

Practicing breathing exercises to manage depression

Recovering from depression is important to fully live in the present moment and to enjoy life. While one can take prescription drugs and undergo therapy to manage this disorder, there are certain self-help strategies that can be practiced, on a daily basis, to decrease one’s susceptibility to depression. Read more