Disasters like hurricane Matthew can lead to PTSD, depression, other mental disorders

Disasters like hurricane Matthew can lead to PTSD, depression, other mental disorders

As the “big bad beast,” hurricane Matthew, pounds the coastal Florida after devastating neighboring island nations, including Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas, the state has already started preparing itself for the long-term impact of the catastrophe. Said to be one of the biggest storms in a century, Matthew – a category 3 hurricane with winds blowing at up to 120 mph – lashed the central coast of Florida early morning on October 7. Read more

Scientists identify non-invasive method to diagnose depression

Scientists identify non-invasive method to diagnose depression

Depression is a mental disorder that requires psychological support for its proper diagnosis as well as treatment. However, many a times, depression remains undiagnosed and untreated as it is often passed off as a normal case of worry and sadness. Read more

Parental depression can affect child’s school performance: Study

Parental depression can affect child’s school performance: Study

Depression, one of the most common reasons for disability among Americans, needs to be recognized and treated. While people suffering from depression are not able to get rid of negative thoughts and feelings of hopelessness, it is shocking how Americans have underestimated the brutality of the disease. Read more

Excessive social media may lead to sleep disruption, mood disorders

Excessive social media may lead to sleep disruption, mood disorders

Is your “online self” more extravagant and deliberate than your “real self?” Are you under pressure to be perfect socially? Do you want to be socially “on” every minute? Do you shiver from social FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)? If the answers to all these are positive, you are probably addicted to social media, and its influence over you is inexplicable. Read more

Cognitive behavioral therapy may help cure treatment-resistant depression

Cognitive behavioral therapy may help cure treatment-resistant depression

Treatment-resistant depression has been posing a big challenge to psychiatrists. However, there is some hope for such patients. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) along with antidepressants may bring long-term benefits to patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression, a recent study has found. Read more

Chronic stress may trigger dementia: Study

Chronic stress may trigger dementia: Study

Stress and anxiety are undoubtedly part and parcel of the modern fast-paced life. However, being stressed and anxious is normal until it remains a temporary problem. For example, feeling stressed before a job interview or an exam is an expected condition of the mind. But when it flares up to acute emotional outbursts at regular intervals, it may interfere with the person’s routine life and can be harmful. A recent study by Rotman Research Institute – a division of Baycrest Health Sciences – has revealed that chronic stress and anxiety may increase the risk of depression and even dementia. Read more

Lonely and blue: Social isolation bad for mental health

Lonely and blue: Social isolation bad for mental health

Research shows correlation between loneliness and mental health problems such as depression, and both thrive on each other. A body of studies also points out that a sense of belongingness plays a crucial role in maintaining mental health. Read more

Depression in teens:  More than just sadness or mood swings

Depression in teens: More than just sadness or mood swings

Teen or adolescent depression is very different from conventional sadness. Teenagers generally tend to be moody, dramatic or grouchy, which is part of the adolescence phase. However, depression in teens is real, and it is a treatable mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Read more

Pay gap linked to depression, anxiety in women

Pay gap linked to depression, anxiety in women

Depression is about twice as common in women than in men. While biological reasons such as genetic or fluctuating hormone levels are said to be some factors, a recent study published in the journal Social Science and Medicine has suggested that discrimination at the workplace could be blamed. Read more

Understanding mental health problems refugees face

Understanding mental health problems refugees face

Imagine having to abandon everything you’ve ever known because if you don’t you may die. This is what many people face when they flee their countries. As the Syrian refugee situation continues in Europe and appears to be heading to the United States soon, now is as good a time as any to understand the impact that being a refugee can have on one’s mental health. Read more