Low self-esteem responsible for surging depressive thoughts among disabled people

Low self-esteem responsible for surging depressive thoughts among disabled people

People living with a disability are often afflicted with negative and cynical thoughts, apparently due to low self-esteem. Such thinking can sow the seed of depression in later years. However, it is not appropriate to equate disability with mental disorders. Several evidences suggest that people suffering from a physical disability have an increased chance of developing clinical depression due to certain traumatic life experiences.

People with a disability have to stand against incredible challenges and unimaginable stress due to psychosocial problems, physical health issues and emotional turmoil. This often puts them at a high risk of developing depression. Therefore, there is […] Read more

Survey shows Americans back mental health coverage

Survey shows Americans back mental health coverage

Mental illness is a growing health concern in the United States. The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimated 43.4 million adults (17.9 percent) aged 18 and above to be suffering from some or the other type of mental illness. Moreover, approximately 9.8 million adults (4 percent) aged 18 and above experienced “severe mental illness” that disrupted their day-to-day activities.

The increased awareness about mental disorders among Americans due to their first-hand experience and significant efforts of law enforcement agencies have created a sea change in their perception about mental disorders. A majority of people see mental illnesses […] Read more

Ways music influences moods of people suffering from depression

Ways music influences moods of people suffering from depression

“Without music, life would be a mistake” –Friedrich Nietzsche

Music has the capacity to alleviate stress, anxiety, etc. and accelerate the process of recovery by increasing the level of neurochemicals that are also known as “feel good endorphins” and providing a healthy distraction. Due to its pivotal role in healing depressive moods, music has been integrated into various kinds of treatment for a range of psychiatric disorders. According to an article published in Spirituality and Health, although music has been used for therapeutic purposes for thousands of years due to its capacity to heal, scientific research on the possibility of using […] Read more

Study: Meta-analysis of crowd-sourced and existing data determine depression-related genome sites

Study: Meta-analysis of crowd-sourced and existing data determine depression-related genome sites

The notion that the blueprint of depression is etched deep within the genes has been backed by various scientific evidences. Despite the above fact, it was only recently that the scientists were able to identify the genome associated with depression amidst individuals, particularly those with the European lineage.

Since depression like any other disease is caused by multiple factors, the role of genetics remained neglected for long despite the fact that mental disorders often run in families. Despite earlier conventional genome-wide studies, scientists failed to determine the accurate information and pertaining to the genome sites responsible for triggering depression.

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Ketamine metabolite may alleviate depression without side effects

Ketamine metabolite may alleviate depression without side effects

With an increasing number of people facing the growing challenge of depression, one of the major hurdles before medical practitioners is ensuring effective treatment and diagnosis. In a bid to treat depression, scientists and medical practitioners have stumbled upon many interesting treatments. Of all, ketamine has become increasingly popular as a treatment due to its effectiveness in treating depression in a matter of few hours compared to antidepressants. Therefore, all efforts are being made to roll it out.

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Tackling depression through various treatment methods

Tackling depression through various treatment methods

Depression is a medical condition that affects the quality of life and impairs the normal functioning of a person. Contrary to the popular belief, this mental health condition is neither a sign of weakness nor a character flaw. Individuals going through depression cannot suddenly snap out of this problem. When depression is left undiagnosed or untreated, it can harbor negative thoughts of self-harm and suicide. Moreover, the likelihood of developing depression increases immensely with the presence of a physical illness.

However, depression is a treatable disorder. Appropriate treatment can improve health and quality of life holistically. At times, patients see the […] Read more

Early signs of childhood depression

Early signs of childhood depression

During the process of growing up, children are often taught the ways to deal with certain unwanted and unavoidable circumstances. But sometimes, parents fail to acquaint their children with the ways to not buckle down due to a problem triggered by mental health issues. Although children may exhibit the signs of depression at times, they are often overlooked as feelings of sadness or normal mood swings.

Being a common mental illness, depression affects millions of children worldwide. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) has highlighted that an estimated 2.8 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States […] Read more

Employees bullied by narcissistic bosses more prone to depression

Employees bullied by narcissistic bosses more prone to depression

“In all of your living, don’t forget to live.”

― Ricky Maye

Depression, which features prominently in the list of one of the most common mental health disorders, has crippled millions of people worldwide. Be it depression at workplace, during teenage years or maternity, it has become a serious health concern. When it comes to professional life, workload along with authoritative bosses play a key role in increasing the level of unhappiness among employees.

Usually, a narcissistic boss with authoritative tendencies encourages the culture of bullying by taking credit for other’s work, criticize an employee for anything and everything etc. This can […] 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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Hormonal contraception may spike depression in adolescents

Hormonal contraception may spike depression in adolescents

Multiple researches and studies indicate that birth control measures, such as pill, patch, implant, etc., can lead to a series of mood changes. Therefore, hormonal contraceptives are associated with the increased risk of depression, especially among adolescents. Though women often do not experience clinical depression post using such contraceptives, medical practitioners often recommend the first-time users to keep a check over the potential mental and physical changes in the initial phases.

Moreover, the risk of depression varies according to one’s age and method of contraception. Considering the fact that hormonal contraception is prescribed to treat mood disorders witnessed due to menstruation, […] Read more