Depression triggers – Part 4: Low self-esteem and depression are intertwined

Depression triggers – Part 4: Low self-esteem and depression are intertwined

There are times when people start doubting their abilities, especially, after a brief brush with failure. However, when this low self-esteem becomes a norm in one’s life, it can lead to various mental health problems.

Self-esteem reflects a person’s faith in him or herself. Healthy self-esteem makes one feel positive about oneself and about life, which, in turn, empowers him or her to deal better with life’s crests and troughs. On the contrary, low self-esteem raises a person’s vulnerability to collapse in difficult times. Continue reading

Depression triggers – Part 3: Social media can cause depression

Depression triggers – Part 3: Social media can cause depression

It seems spending time on various social media platforms has become the favorite pastime of Americans, with people using them to connect, share information, entertain themselves or to stay updated.

According to the Pew Research Center, social media use in American adults has increased from a meager 5 percent in 2005 to a whopping 69 percent in 2011. The research also reported social media users to be using relatively different platforms – around 56 percent adults going online used more than one of the five social media platforms studied in this survey. Continue reading

Close relationship between gut and mental health

Close relationship between gut and mental health

Besides the variations in the brain chemistry, there are other biological factors, such as changes in the gut, which play a significant role in triggering mental illnesses. In fact, some new pieces of research have shown that the gut bacteria plays an important role in some cases of mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety. Therefore, both body and mind are involved equally in affecting one’s mental health. Continue reading

Depression and mental health- Part 4: 7 creative ways to fight off depression

Depression and mental health- Part 4: 7 creative ways to fight off depression

Depression is detrimental to an individual’s health as it suppresses one’s thought process and hampers the usual way of leading a fruitful life. The condition makes people feel bad, low and sad to such an extent that happiness and positivity seem miles away from their life. Talking to friends, consulting a mental health expert or practicing meditation are a few simple ways that can help one fight off depression. But, if these sound too boring and traditional, then it’s time to look for some creative ways to deal with depression. Continue reading

Depression and mental health- Part 3: Explaining depression to loved ones

Depression and mental health- Part 3: Explaining depression to loved ones

Depression is a serious mental health illness which can make a person sad and hopeless. People who suffer from this condition may find it difficult to explain what they are going through to loved ones. This is because they may not be able to understand how depression feels and might end up believing that it is the same as a bad mood. However, it is important for a person suffering from depression not to feel ashamed of his or her condition or because people are unable to understand what they are going through. Instead, he or she should consider it like any other illness that needs to be talked about and can be cured with proper medication or the support of loved ones. Continue reading

Today’s children’s health shows signs of deterioration: Survey

Today’s children’s health shows signs of deterioration: Survey

All parents take good care of their children and try their best to keep them healthy and happy. They try  to provide conducive life conditions for their children’s proper development. However, it is disappointing to know that kids of today are leading a stressful life, which can affect their overall growth and development. A survey by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health revealed that children of this generation are going through immense mental and physical dysfunctions, making them vulnerable to a wide range of long-term physical and mental defects. Continue reading

Positive fantasies about future predict symptoms of depression: Study

Positive fantasies about future predict symptoms of depression: Study

Imagining positive outcomes about what the future would be like allows one fancying about events succeeding present circumstances. And, visualizing oneself as managing an organization or attaining an ideal position in life allows the person to revel in mental images of desired outcomes that occupy one’s thought processes at times. Whether a certain future imagined is achievable or the obstacles that need to be looked at as a part of the reality check are things that people at times forget to look at. Continue reading

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