Increased social media exposure may cause depression: Study

Increased social media exposure may cause depression: Study

Depression affects approximately 9 percent of American adults who exhibit feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, sometimes without any apparent reason, and eventually prevents them from leading a normal life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), major depression affects an estimated 3 percent adults at any given time and is the prime reason of disability among Americans aged 15-44.

A recent study by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine focused on the effects of excessive use of social media and found that the practices of sharing status updates and communicating with friends, family, celebrities and strangers on […] Read more

Depressed heart patients more likely to die from heart attack: Study

Depressed heart patients more likely to die from heart attack: Study

It is common for a person to feel miserable or distressed after a heart attack or if he is trying to fight a chronic health condition. Following a heart attack, nearly one in five patients suffers from depression and it’s a vicious cycle, say experts. Even a low mood can lead to changes that can affect the health of a heart patient. Thus, once survivors of a heart attack start walking on the road to recovery, it’s important to monitor their mental health too.

According to a recent study, presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 65th Annual Scientific Session in […] Read more

Five lifestyle habits to avert depression

Five lifestyle habits to avert depression

Depression is more than just random blues or unpredictable spells of feeling low and unhappy. It is a serious mental disorder with real symptoms and is not a sign of any weakness or something you can “come out by pulling yourself together.” According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), an estimated 15.7 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States in 2014 had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.

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