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 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

Illiteracy can fuel depression

Illiteracy can fuel depression

A recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO), has revealed that depression is the primary cause of disability, affecting nearly 350 million people globally. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide which is the second leading cause of death among individuals aged 15-29 years. Every year, more than 800,000 people die due to suicide, said the report. Continue reading

4 alternative ways to treat major depressive disorder

4 alternative ways to treat major depressive disorder

Depression “is much more than just a sad mood,” feels Dr. Angelos Halaris, a senior professor at Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago. According to him, it is a serious mental disorder affecting everyday life. One of the most common depressive condition is clinical depression or major depressive disorder (MDD) that can affect any person at any time. It is one of the most common mental health disorders to be diagnosed in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), MDD affected approximately 15.7 million adults in 2014. Continue reading

National Child Health Day: Cause and symptoms of childhood depression

National Child Health Day: Cause and symptoms of childhood depression

Depression is a mental condition that can affect any individual of any age or gender. It holds true that adults are more prone to depression, but it is unfair to say that children are not disposed to depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), around 2.8 million American adolescents aged 12-17 suffered at least one major depressive episode in 2013. Continue reading

Study finds enzyme with potency to drive depression therapy

Study finds enzyme with potency to drive depression therapy

When a person is diagnosed with depression, it’s important to understand that the condition is more than just feeling low. It is also important to understand that though depression is a
serious illness, it is treatable. In spite of it being a lifelong condition, how a patient perceives depression and what he/she thinks about it may decide the efficacy of  the treatment. Continue reading

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