Depression cannot be prevented by supplements, finds study

Depression cannot be prevented by supplements, finds study

Depression cannot be prevented by taking a daily dose of multivitamins. According to a recently published study, people prescribed a yearly dose of supplements were as susceptible to developing depression as those who were on placebo. The research stemmed from previous work which suggested that certain dietary patterns and nutrient levels were linked with the risk of developing depression. The study was published in the journal JAMA Network.

Study co-author Ed Watkins, a professor at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, shared that their clinical trial demonstrated that fortification supplements did not help in preventing depression.

Mild depressive symptoms and […] Read more

Sleep, age, and depressed mood related to working mind says study

Sleep, age, and depressed mood related to working mind says study

A recent study found a strong connection between working memory and sleep, age, and depression, raising concerns in the field of mental health. Working memory can be defined as that part of short-term memory that temporarily stores and manages information necessary for carrying out mental tasks such as reasoning, learning, and comprehension. It is essential for functions like problem-solving, language, and intelligence and it also helps in processing, remembering, and using information. Working memory is in fact the fundamental building block of a functioning and a sound mind.

Lead author Weiwei Zhang, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of […] Read more

Growing up in green areas may prevent mental health distress in later life, suggests study

Growing up in green areas may prevent mental health distress in later life, suggests study

Emerging evidence is suggesting that the prevalence of mental health disorders, like anxiety and depression, are escalating in the United States. This worrying trend has been contributed to by numerous complex reasons, such as always being online through phones, emails, and social media and environmental factors like pollution.

Researchers across the globe are in a quest to study these different factors to come up with strategies for preventing such mental health disorders from becoming society-wide problems. Recently, a novel study carried out by Kristine Engemann, a postdoctoral researcher, and the team from Aarhus University in Denmark identified an association between an […] Read more

Misconceptions about living with depression

Misconceptions about living with depression

Depression is a serious mental health condition that is often associated with continuous feelings of anguish and loss of interest in day to day activities. It can impact how one feels, behaves or even thinks. If left untreated, depression can lead to severe emotional and physical problems. Even though depression can manifest at any point in an individual’s life, the symptoms may vary in case of adults and teens.

It is commonly observed that people have a lot of misconceptions regarding this particular mental health condition. Let us re-visit some common false impressions pertaining to living with depression.

A depressed individual is […] Read more

11 Signs that signal high-functioning depression

11 Signs that signal high-functioning depression

Depression is characterized by varied symptoms like unending sadness, inescapable disinterest, and the inability to get out of bed and complete even the basic chores. However, all forms of depression may not have the same symptoms. People suffering from high-functioning depression would be able to go about their normal day with high energy levels, but something inside them would not “feel right”.

Not a true medical term, individuals suffering from this disorder may not experience the same level of impairment when it comes to day-to-day life, but their symptoms are real and they have a decreased quality of life. Although, there […] Read more

Long-term depression causes inflammation in key brain regions, shows CAMH study

Long-term depression causes inflammation in key brain regions, shows CAMH study

Depression is one of the most common mental disorder affecting a major population in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), approximately one in six American adults suffers from this problem, varying in the degree of severity. Irrespective of the severity and duration of the condition, the treatment options include medications, therapy and self-help groups.

A new research, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, provides a greater insight into the problem of depression by highlighting that long-term untreated depression last more than a decade causes more brain inflammation compared to others. Generally, people suffering from degenerative brain […] Read more

Ways mobile apps help to tackle depression

Ways mobile apps help to tackle depression

Depression is an issue that requires urgent attention as it affects people from all walks of life and ages, especially teens. Unrealistic family expectations can lead to deep disappointment and dejection. Teenagers can suffer from depression due to issues in school or personal life. In a worst-case scenario, depression can also lead to self-harm and suicide.

It is unbelievable to notice that smartphone is steadily replacing the need for going to a therapist. There are now many mobile apps to help fight depression. Such a novel technology is helping many in addressing the implications of depression in daily life. Among a […] Read more

Understanding the role of inflammatory mechanisms in triggering perinatal depression

Understanding the role of inflammatory mechanisms in triggering perinatal depression

Perinatal depression (depression during pregnancy or the immediate postpartum period) is one of the leading causes of maternal morbidity and mortality. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in nine women experience depression before, during or after pregnancy. However, these figures present only the tip of the iceberg.

Despite suffering from the challenges of perinatal depression, many women suffer in silence due to the fear of experiencing humiliation, stigma, etc. The symptoms of postpartum depression are more penetrating and long lasting compared to the general feeling of “baby blues,” a feeling of sadness, anxiety and fatigue experienced […] Read more

New tool to deal with depression

New tool to deal with depression

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability the world over. More than 300 million people are suffering from the disorder, an increase of more than 18 percent between 2005 and 2015. The blame for the increase largely lies on the lack of support to the victims and the prevailing stigma that prevents them from seeking help and talking about their problems openly and confidently.

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Comprehending the magnitude and burden of depression among LGBTs

Comprehending the magnitude and burden of depression among LGBTs

Although a large number of people have, in recent times, extended support to the people of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, their daily travails are far from reaching an end. The stigma attached to their sexual orientation and lack of opportunity to integrate with the mainstream society often inflict numerous challenges, including mental disorders like anxiety, depression, etc. The continuous exposure to shame, rejection, alienation and discrimination further impacts their condition adversely.

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