Anxiety, family history precursors to depression in youth

Anxiety, family history precursors to depression in youth

Anxiety and depression often occur sequentially in children and adolescents that augment the repercussions over time. Although worry, fear and stress are part of one’s life, they may tend to escalate over time and erupt frequently causing severe physical and mental imbalance on a repetitive basis. Some of the best ways to predict one’s depressive disorder are by understanding the significant antecedents, such as poverty, psychosocial adversity and family history of depression.

According to a 2010 study, “Comorbidity of Anxiety and Depression in Youth: Implications for Treatment and Prevention,” the various anxiety and depressive disorders tend to cluster strongly within families […] Read more

Emotional risks of social media platforms

Emotional risks of social media platforms

“Social media is the illusion of connectedness without the interconnectedness that makes us thrive.”
― Lisa Cypers Kamen, Are We Happy Yet?: Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life

Social media has taken the world by storm in a short span of time. For many users, social media is part of their daily routine. Approximately three-quarters of the Facebook users and around half of Instagram users tend to go through these sites at least once a day. Social networking sites (SNSs), such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, have emerged as great platforms to interact and exchange information through photos, messages and discussion groups.

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Increase in sleeping hours can make antidepressants more effective

Increase in sleeping hours can make antidepressants more effective

Antidepressants have been long used to treat patients suffering from a range of conditions including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders and many other psychiatric conditions. Medicines like fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil), fluvoxamine (Luvox), citalopram (Celexa) and escitalopram (Lexapro) are commonly prescribed antidepressants across the world.

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Manic bouts raise risk of bipolar disorder patients suffering from depression or anxiety

Manic bouts raise risk of bipolar disorder patients suffering from depression or anxiety

Anyone suffering from bipolar disorder can experience bouts of mania and severe clinical depression. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) defines bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive illness, as a brain disorder which causes unnatural shifts in mood, energy levels, and ability to carry out day to day activities. According to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, nearly 2.6 percent of Americans are afflicted with this disorder. A study by a group of researchers revealed how after a bout of mania, bipolar disorder patients are equally likely to suffer from depression episodes or anxiety disorders. The study titled “Reexamining associations […] Read more

Exercise and meditation may help ward off depression: Study

Exercise and meditation may help ward off depression: Study

One can’t get rid of depression simply by “warding off” the blues. According to experts, working out and other forms of physical activity can help ease those symptoms and make one feel better. As people at risk for depression deal with a lot of negative thoughts, feelings and beliefs, meditation can help them look at the world from a new perspective, leading to an increase in self-compassion and a decrease in emotional distress.

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