A new research presented at the 31st annual virtual meet of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) suggested that patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD), who also gamble, have a considerably higher risk of suicide and therefore should be closely monitored. Continue reading
Physical and mental exhaustion caused by the daily grind of personal as well as professional lives is a common phenomenon in today’s fast-paced world. At times, the anxiety or depression caused by the pressures at work or personal obligations can stretch to such an extent that they can cause acute mental distress to a person. Continue reading
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
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
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 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 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
Many times, life delivers a blow that sends us reeling into the depths of despair and hopelessness. Feeling sad and low during such times is a part and parcel of life. But, when such feelings become persistent and start showing up even at the best of times, it could be depression. Continue reading
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
Owning mobiles is common among students these days. They carry their devices everywhere, including the college campus. A recent study at the University of Illinois, United States, tried to understand how compulsive use of mobiles affected the mood and mental health of users.