Researchers find missing link between depression and heart ailments

Researchers find missing link between depression and heart ailments

Depression and heart diseases are a two-way street. These are two common conditions and an individual may be afflicted with both the conditions together. In effect, people struggling with a heart disorder are twice more likely to suffer from depression as compared to the general population. On the other hand, depressed people also face a heightened risk of developing a heart disease.

While depression is one of the most common mental health issues in the U.S., heart ailments are also becoming one of the key reasons contributing to several fatalities not only here but worldwide. A review of the previously conducted […] Read more

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

Destigmatizing mental illness: Theo leads the way for depressed sportsmen

Destigmatizing mental illness: Theo leads the way for depressed sportsmen

An athlete will never be afraid to talk about the physical ailments that he/she suffers, but talking about his or her mental health problem is another thing altogether. Discussions on mental health problems by an athlete, particularly a male , is still considered a taboo. In fact, more than a taboo, it is considered a sign of weakness in someone who is otherwise the epitome of perfection. Shunning such stereotypes, former professional hockey player Theo Fleury not just talked at length about his experiences with a mental illness and addiction, but also decided to stand as a support and inspiration […] Read more

Prevent depression before it acquires a chronic form

Prevent depression before it acquires a chronic form

The world is not an easy place to live in and it is only natural for people to suffer from bouts of depression from time to time. However, the real problem arises if it turns into something more chronic as it can severely affect one’s quality of life. Depression often seeps in gradually and if unattended, can manifest into a full-blown disorder. Listed below are some ways to help a person identify depression and nip it in the bud before it escalates into something more serious.

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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

Rick Springfield’s life an inspiration for those battling depression and suicidal thoughts

Rick Springfield’s life an inspiration for those battling depression and suicidal thoughts

The popularity of Rick Springfield dates back to the early 70s, following his debut 1971 Australian hit “Speak to the Sky,” catapulting him as a teen pop idol. To focus on his solo singing career, Springfield shifted base to the United States from Australia in 1972. The same year, he released the album “Beginnings” signed by the America-based label Capitol Records featuring many of his previous Australian hits. However, he wanted to shed his image as a teen pop idol and wished his fans took him as a more serious musician. So, he temporarily abandoned his musical pursuits and concentrated […] Read more