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
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
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
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
“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.
“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
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
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
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
Loneliness and social isolation, as studies suggest, are the two leading risk factors for developing depressive symptoms. Compared to others, people surrounded with friends and family members are able to grapple all challenges and weather any storm with élan. Read more
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