Suicidal woman suffering from bipolar, depression gets relief from ketamine; is it a safe drug?

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death and disability across the world. More than 41,000 people commit suicide in the United States alone every year, as per the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Demographically, women are twice as likely as men to attempt suicide due to a range of factors. According to experts, mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or substance abuse are also among the major risk factors that lead to suicidal ideation. Read more

WHO to declare video game addiction a mental disorder?

The speculation of labeling playing video game as a mental disorder has been rife since long and the World Health Organization (WHO) is all set to take action. The 11th update of WHO’s International Classification of Diseases has defined gaming disorder as “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior (‘digital gaming’ or ‘video gaming’), which may be online (i.e., over the Internet) or offline.” The indications of this disorder are: Read more

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

Enhancement of protective factors can alleviate depression in African-American men, says study

The interaction between the socioeconomic circumstances surrounding a person and his or her innate attributes may either emerge as a risk factor for mental illness or protect his or her mental health. Read more

Fair and just people more prone to depression, says study

Depression is a mental problem that can strike anyone, irrespective of the age, gender, ethnicity and social standing. However, certain people are more vulnerable to the condition because of certain risk factors. A recent research by the Rutgers University has indicated that the nature of caring more about others can make one more susceptible to suffer from depression. Read more

Proton pump inhibitors prescribed to heart patients may up risk for depression

Depression is a mental health disorder that affects every aspect of one’s life and to such an extent that it becomes tough for him or her to live and enjoy life. At times, even trying to go through the day can become an overwhelming task. Depression can happen to anyone irrespective of his or her age, gender, culture and background.

Some of the common symptoms experienced by those depressed may include the feeling of sadness, guilt, decreased energy, mood swings, appetite changes, weight gain or weight loss, and suicidal thoughts. While some may experience persistent sadness, others may describe their feelings in terms of a physical condition like pain in their heart. Read more

Ketamine may help treat depression, determine scientists

Major depression, also known as major depressive disorder (MDD) or clinical depression, is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) survey, an estimated 16.2 million American adults aged 18 or older had at least one major depressive episode in the past year, representing roughly 6.7 percent of the total population. Read more

5 things that might not look like depression

Depression is a silent disease that has the capacity to disrupt a person’s daily life. At times, the severity of this mental problem can force a person to get ideas about suicide. According to the National Institute of Mental health (NIMH), an estimated 6.7 percent of American adults (aged 18 years and above) suffered from at least one major depressive episode in 2015. This accounted for 16.1 million American adults. Read more

Tips to deal with online dating depression

The world of online dating has both its advantages and disadvantages. Though the huge pool of profiles can be accessed from anywhere, multiple rejections or dealing with ghosting, mooning, catfishing, etc., can get stressful and one might have to grapple with a burnout and depression. However, millions of youngsters still prefer online dating with the hope of finding the one with the right mindset. Read more

Key stages of recovery from depression

Depression is characterized by a persistent feeling of hopelessness, worthlessness, helplessness, emptiness, restlessness, irritability, guilt, sadness, etc. It also inflicts anxiety, loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed, decrease in energy, difficulty in focusing on tasks or making decisions, sleep problems, etc. Read more