Depressed women susceptible to multiple chronic disorders

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is one of the most widespread mental health disorders in the U.S. The prevalence of depression is more common in women, whereby they are twice more likely than men to develop this mental health condition. In addition to common social and environmental factors that are known to cause depression, women are also affected by some gender-specific biological and hormonal factors, unique to them. These factors include puberty, premenstrual problems, pregnancy, post-partum depression (PPD), perimenopause, and menopause. Read more

Scientists find out why SSRIs fail to work in 30 percent cases of MDD

Even though selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly prescribed for depression, scientists fail to comprehend why this treatment fails in almost 30 percent of individuals suffering from this mental disease. To figure out this mystery, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (SIBS) carried out a study wherein they discovered certain differences in the growth of neurons especially in patients resistant to SSRIs. Read more

Ways to support spouse battling depression

Watching a partner battle depression can be a harrowing experience. The feeling of helplessness, frustration, and confusion can be disturbing and overwhelming. It might seem as if all efforts made by you or a depression rehab center to ‘help’ your partner are either not helping them or worse are ‘not getting through’ to them. Read more

Playing sports can help teens cope with depressive symptoms

Teenagers often appear to be moody, irritated and aggressive. According to experts, a teenager encounters these feelings due to several hormonal and psychological changes, and extended exposure to the world. All these together affect their understanding, which further makes them feel agitated and anxious. In severe cases, it can also lead to depression. Read more

Tips to manage postnatal depression

Giving birth to a baby is an amazing feeling, but sometimes it can derail the life of new mothers, in case they happen to experience “baby blues,” such as mild depression, mood swings, an inexplicable urge to cry and the mixed feeling of motherhood. These blues are quite normal and can be triggered by hormonal changes witnessed during pregnancy and motherhood. However, if these emotions become severe and continue for a longer period of time, it can be a case of postnatal depression. Read more

Indonesia sees homosexuality as mental disorder, but defers criminalization of gay sex

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community has always been a soft target for others in many parts of the world. Amid the ongoing debate over the legalization of homosexuality world over, the Indonesian government undertook a retrogressive measure recently, publishing a guide that proposes to classify homosexuality as a mental disorder. The proposed law, backed by 10 major political parties of the country, is likely to criminalize gay sex, punishable by up to five years of imprisonment for anyone breaking the law. Read more

Study finds screen addiction major cause behind unhappiness in teens

The smile on the face of a teen, bent over to play a game or post an update on his/her social media account on the smartphone, may not necessarily be an indication of happiness but could signal the level of involvement. A new study conducted to determine the outcome of the long hours spent on the electronic devices has concluded that more time spent in front of the screen coincided with lesser happiness among the youth. Read more

This Does Not Define Us: Utah student association video aims at improving mental health

Over the years, studies have given evidence of poor mental health conditions at colleges and universities. In fact, the Utah State University Student Association (USUSA) declared a mental health crisis at the universities last year. A year since the declaration, student leaders and administrators continue to make efforts to improve the state of mental health affairs on campus.

As part of these efforts, the USUSA has created a video titled “This Does Not Define Us,” which encourages students to reach out to family, friends and roommates when they feel alone. The idea of the video is to spread the message that nobody is ever alone, there is always somebody or the other to seek help from. “Friends, parents and best mates are here for you, ready to listen, wanting to help,” says the video. Read more

How viable are digital therapies in treating mental health issues

As treatment methods for mental health illness are evolving by the day, the foray of digital technology in this direction isn’t surprising. Currently, there are many apps such as Code Blue, Breathe2Relax and Lantern, which use the easy accessibility of the mobile platform to help people find a solution for their mental health issues. Some of these apps, such as the PTSD Coach, also provides the facility to store contacts, find treatment programs in the vicinity and contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline in case there is an urgency. Read more

How smartphones are taking over our lives

Technology has brought about a paradigm shift in the way people communicate today. As the communication paraphernalia continues to expand with the advent of cell phones, tablets and other electronic gadgets, they have changed the lives of people drastically. However, the general euphoria felt initially that these gizmos would alter people’s lives for the better, has begun to wane. The excessive use of technology has already started showing its detrimental effects. Read more