Depression is treatable despite the coexisting illness

Depression is treatable despite the coexisting illness

Depression is a common psychiatric disorder that is often seen in tandem with another medical illness or condition. It is not fully understood why depression leaves one susceptible to physical disorders or why a physical condition increases the risk of developing depression. However, the good news is that depression is treatable even when compounded by other illnesses. Continue reading

Self-reflect to understand and pacify a depressive mood

Self-reflect to understand and pacify a depressive mood

Happiness is a state of mind that depends solely on an individual. A great body of literature and scientific studies have said that when a person relies on another person or a situation for his/her happiness, then one is bound to feel a gamut of emotions every now and then. This is a sign of instability arising out of lack of self-assurance. This is the reason a lot of people feel sad and disoriented without any reason. When such a stage arrives, one needs to get into a self-actualization mode to understand what is going wrong. Continue reading

Interplay between physical and mental illness

Interplay between physical and mental illness

It is far too often that the mind and body are referred to as two separate entities, especially in the medical field. However, they share a closer relationship, exemplifying a two-way communication, where illnesses affecting the body can also affect the mind and vice versa. The interconnectedness is evident in the way serious ailments affect the physical health of a person and may make him/her more anxious or depressed after being diagnosed with the illness. The other possibility is that the symptoms of mental disorders mask the presence of a physical ailment. Sometimes, a mental illness can trigger the onset of a physical illness too. The question arises – how this impacts the treatment of either or both, the disorders? Continue reading

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

Depression triggers – Part 2: Study finds link between hormonal contraceptives and depression

Depression triggers – Part 2: Study finds link between hormonal contraceptives and depression

The hormonal contraceptive pill is one of the most common methods to avoid unplanned pregnancy among women across the world. According to the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), which studied the contraceptive use among women of childbearing age (ages 15–44) in the United States between 2011 and 2013, 9.7 million women (25.9 percent) were using birth control pills. Continue reading

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