British politician Andrea Leadsom opens up about her battle with postnatal depression

British politician Andrea Leadsom opens up about her battle with postnatal depression

Motherhood is a bliss that every woman longs to experience. However, it may involve many hardships. While various complications may occur during the pregnancy, the hitches may continue even after the delivery of the newborn. Importantly, the risks and problems are not only limited to physical conditions, but can also extend to mental illnesses like postnatal depression.
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Depression risk higher in people dealing with multiple sclerosis stigma: Study

Depression risk higher in people dealing with multiple sclerosis stigma: Study

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a lifetime health condition that causes damaging effects on an individual’s brain and spinal cord. One could develop serious disability, though it could be mild in some cases. The condition can lead to a number of symptoms like loss of sensation, problem with leg and arm movement as well as vision impairment. Continue reading

Football player Joe Barksdale joining league of celebrities who confessed battling depression

Football player Joe Barksdale joining league of celebrities who confessed battling depression

A game like football is about team spirit and a zeal to win. The game is not so simple and easy as it may appear or sound. It is made up of pain, injuries, physical training and constant competition, more with one’s own self than competitors. Hence, irrespective of any personal or professional circumstance, a football player has to constantly remain alert, fit and in form. Additionally, it demands a balance between the physical and mental health. Continue reading

Not the grapevine: Grapes help fight depression, say researchers

Not the grapevine: Grapes help fight depression, say researchers

Grapes can be helpful in fighting depression, a team of scientists from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York has found. In a study published online in the Nature Communications in February 2018, the scientists analyzed a couple of novel grape-derived compounds — dihydrocaffeic acid (DHCA) and malvidin-3′-O-glucoside (Mal-gluc) — that might be used as therapeutic agents for the treatment of the debilitating mental health condition. Continue reading

Study identifies biomarkers linked to positive treatment response of antidepressants

Study identifies biomarkers linked to positive treatment response of antidepressants

Depression is a serious mental disorder that has the potential to change an individual’s outlook toward life. A person suffering from depression unknowingly harbors negative feelings that can go on to transform his/her very personality. However, timely identification of the problem can undo the modifications and help the person lead a happy life. Antidepressants are the first line of treatment for depression, but even doctors are unsure of how the patient will respond because the result of the treatment varies from person to person. To put an end to this uncertainty, a recent study on mice has identified biomarkers that will help understand the treatment response of antidepressants. The researchers have hypothesized that the outcomes in the mouse would be similar to those in humans. Continue reading

Can FDA-approved medications help cope with depression

Can FDA-approved medications help cope with depression

Depression is frightening, a long drop into the deep dark chasm with no end in sight. It can affect anyone irrespective of age, gender, caste or religion and the person may not realize what’s happening. Then one fine day, it completely takes over an individual, who is so drained to even step out of the bed, let alone the house. The loved ones also bear the brunt of the depressed person’s extreme mood swings but only the sufferer knows how difficult it is to live with the condition and feel helpless.  Continue reading

Knowing how to prevent depression from messing up your sex life

Knowing how to prevent depression from messing up your sex life

Carrie and Albert had everything in their life a newly-wedded couple can imagine— countless moments of love, fairytale destination wedding, exotic honeymoon and beautiful memories. However, things started to fall apart after Carrie gave birth to her first child. With increased responsibilities causing immense stress, she had very little time for herself and her sex life took a backseat. Carrie would cringe if Albert made any sexual advances and after a while, he stopped pursuing her completely. Their marriage took a downward spiral. Continue reading

Tips to navigate through the chilling winter months

Tips to navigate through the chilling winter months

Shorter days, longer nights, chilly winds and scanty sunlight can cause anyone to feel gloomy and disoriented. If this happens occasionally then it is normal and one can recover soon. However, if this happens like a pattern every year, then one might be suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD or seasonal depression is a form of mental illness, which occurs every year around the fall season, and the symptoms get worse during winters. The common symptoms are irritability, loss of interest in daily activities, increased need to stay in bed, craving for carbohydrates, sadness, isolation from the social circle, extreme fatigue and lack of energy. Continue reading

Dysthymia – A few coping strategies

Dysthymia – A few coping strategies

Dysthymia is a condition in which a person struggles with mild symptoms of depression for at least two years. Though it is not as critical as major depression, it affects nearly 1.5 percent of American adults. Dysthymia symptoms include loss of appetite or binge eating, insomnia or oversleeping, fatigue, feeling low and disoriented, lack of concentration and performance issues at workplace or school. The symptoms can last for several years without the condition being diagnosed. Continue reading

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