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

Is premenstrual dysphoric disorder making you depressed? Here’s how to deal with it

Is premenstrual dysphoric disorder making you depressed? Here’s how to deal with it

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) affects 3 – 8 percent women in the United States. It is characterized by extreme PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and an inability to complete everyday chores. It is manifested as insomnia or hypersomnia, feelings of overwhelm, lethargy, reduced interest in usual activities, bloating, tenderness of the breasts, disorientation and changes in appetite. In addition to these physical symptoms, women are also known to suffer from symptoms of mental disorders like depression and extreme anxiety. These symptoms usually start appearing up to two weeks before the commencement of the menses.

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Recognizing and managing symptoms of seasonal depression during winter

Recognizing and managing symptoms of seasonal depression during winter

A drop in the temperature spells a mood swing in some people, which can cause depression. Termed as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), it is classified as a type of depression that effects some individuals each year during the winters. SAD is a serious mood disorder, which is much harder to deal with at a time when almost everyone enjoys the holiday season. The dullness in days, aggravated by the lack of the sun’s brightness and warmth, discourages individuals with SAD to step out, leaving them to experience a drop in their energy and mood levels.

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Diabetes deepens the challenges by surging depressive symptoms

Diabetes deepens the challenges by surging depressive symptoms

The International Diabetes Federation highlights diabetes as one of the largest global health emergencies of the 21st century. Being a chronic disease, diabetes is associated with numerous neuropsychiatric conditions, especially depression.

Compared to the general population, the prevalence of depression is found to be nearly two or three times higher in patients with the problem of diabetes. With an increasing number of studies being conducted on depression and diabetes, new dimensions of the interrelationship between both the conditions have emerged.

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Sugary foods spike depression in men

Sugary foods spike depression in men

For a food required by none but craved by all, sugary foods and drinks have driven the world in the modern era. Today, sugarcane is the third most valuable crop after cereals and rice and covers roughly 27 million hectares of the world’s surface.

With the growing appetite for sweet and syrupy delights, the excessive consumption of sugar is associated with various physical and psychological health problems, such as liver damage, dyslipidemia, obesity, bone loss, diabetes, heart and kidney diseases due to high uric acid levels, depression, etc.

Besides, increasing the risk of developing mood disorders, sugary foods like sweeteners, corn syrup, […] Read more

Understanding and treating depression in multiple sclerosis

Understanding and treating depression in multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. By damaging the protective sheath (myelin) that insulates the nerve cells, it disrupts and impairs the communication between the brain and the rest of the body.

Considered as an autoimmune disease, its symptoms vary widely, ranging from vision loss, paralysis to sexual issues like erectile dysfunction (ED), pregnancy problems, etc. One of the major implications of MS is depression. In fact, some of the main medicines used for the treatment of MS are responsible for exacerbating the symptoms of depression, such as corticosteroids, benzodiazepines, etc.

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Healing effects of yoga on people grappling depression

Healing effects of yoga on people grappling depression

Unexpected events like loss of a loved one, chronic illnesses like cancer or diabetes, and traumatic life events like physical assaults, rape, etc. are some of the triggers that can cause persistent sadness that eventually turns into depression over time. Depression, a debilitating disorder that has paralyzed millions of people worldwide, often leads to other problems, such as substance abuse, suicide, etc.

Melancholy and miseries are irrevocable components of human existence. Therefore, experiencing grief at times is considered quite normal. However, when the level of desolation becomes too severe to affect a person’s daily life completely, it is not at all […] Read more

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