Can a late school starting time help prevent depression and accidents?

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

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

What makes women more prone to depression?

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

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

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

Are men at a higher risk of committing suicide than women?

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