Severe mental illnesses can also be treated, here’s how

Severe mental illnesses can also be treated, here’s how

Almost one out of five adults in the United States experiences some mental illness in a given year, while approximately one in 25 — nearly 9.8 million American adults — experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Health care providers and policy makers are actively engaged in finding new ways to reduce the occurrence and provide relief to existing patients.

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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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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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Smoking cessation can help smokers reduce depression, says study

Smoking cessation can help smokers reduce depression, says study

“When it comes to smoking, quitters are the winners.” This statement holds true because smoking cessation brings in healthy social life, a positive outlook, reduced risk of diseases and a better quality of life. Now, better mental health can also be added to the list of rewards of a smoke-free life.

According to a recent study, funded by the Cancer Research U.K. and published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine in December 2016, patients suffering from depression experience a considerable improvement in the symptoms after bidding adieu to cigarette smoking. Smoking can reduce the life expectancy by 10-20 years, says the […] Read more

Recovery from depression

Recovery from depression

Nearly 19 million people live with depression in the U.S. and therefore, knowing about the recovery options is important. People often have questions regarding recovery from depression including the time that it will take to recover from it and whether it is possible to get completely cured at all.

Now, with the availability of better options for depression treatment in Texas and other areas, depression can be treated so that people can live a normal life. Following are some important points to remember while thinking about recovery from depression:

There is no specific timeframe for recovery

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Conditions that can worsen depression

Conditions that can worsen depression

While there is no doubt in the fact that depression is a common mental illness, at the same time one needs to be aware that there are many factors that can worsen the condition if proper care is not taken. Starting from food, to one’s lifestyle, to the weather conditions, depression symptoms can worsen due to a lot of factors. Knowing about them can help people living with depression manage their condition better.

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Coping with premenstrual dysphoric disorder

Coping with premenstrual dysphoric disorder

Most females experience some sort of discomfort related to physical and emotional changes during menstruation. Commonly known as pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), the symptoms are manifested as irritability, abdominal cramps, bloating, tenderness of nipples, etc. Although such symptoms usually disappear within the first two days of the menstrual cycle and are not associated with any mental disorders, some women might experience increasing levels of discomfort which can hamper their day-to-day life. This severe case of PMS is known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

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Depression during pregnancy: The need for proper diagnosis

Depression during pregnancy: The need for proper diagnosis

There has been a tremendous awakening regarding postpartum depression in the last few years. Women are routinely screened for it and advised to seek help for depressive disorders after parturition. However, not much has been written about the prevalence of depression during pregnancy. Antenatal depression, or depression during pregnancy, is common in pregnant women. However, most women are not even aware about this disorder and even if they feel that something is wrong, rarely reach out for help.

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Study suggests a probable role of seasons in divorce filings

Study suggests a probable role of seasons in divorce filings

The Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt divorce proceedings has taken the world by storm, with enough and more online space being devoted to why they are getting separated, what happened to the prolific relationship, to capturing their friends’ (read George Clooney) and others’ views under screaming headlines, which usually talk about nothing more than how it has caught everyone by surprise. In the end, one line expressed by one of the celebrities encapsulated the situation well – “it’s a sad time for the family.”

Divorce is never a good news unless it is the result of an abusive relationship. Neither are fights and […] Read more