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

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

Pessimistic thoughts impede growth by hounding people with depression

“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.

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Break away from isolation to overcome depression

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

Antidepressants impede treatment outcomes in patients coping with panic disorder, depression

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), more commonly known as antidepressants, are one of the most popular medications prescribed for the treatment of depression, anxiety, eating disorders and other mental health conditions. These medicines take only a couple of weeks to showcase the effect by stabilizing mood and returning the normal functioning of the brain. Read more

Depression in nurses: The epidemic no one is talking about

The nursing profession is fast-paced and demanding. It requires immense concentration, stamina and accountability. Nursing is often characterized by a “culture of survival” where they face several situations as a direct consequence of their job – rude and thankless patients, deterioration of patients’ health and even their death. These daily stressors take a toll and may manifest in the form of depression. Read more

Progressive aging post menopause may predict depression and mood disorders, finds study

Depression can strike anyone due to any reason at any time. While hormonal factors and environmental conditions have been found to play a crucial role in deciding the nature of mental health of women, a group of scientists has suggested that a stronger link exists between overall age and emotional mood disorders as opposed to the association between menopausal status and signs of depression. Read more

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

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

Partners of depressed individuals prone to develop chronic pain

Depression could be a reason for developing chronic pain. But who would have thought that a depressed partner can be the cause of one’s frequent pains? According to a recent research, it is not the people suffering from depression, but their partners who are at a high risk of developing chronic pain. Read more