Dealing with body shaming and weight discrimination for good mental health

Dealing with body shaming and weight discrimination for good mental health

“You can’t join us for the party. You are too fat and ugly.”

Sounds familiar? The emphasis laid down on having a sculpted and beautiful body by the society has led to many becoming a victim of body shaming practices. It is commonly practiced by bullies at work, at school or in public places, putting slender figures on a pedestal. Watching the seemingly perfect pictures of peers and celebrities on social media is also instrumental in leaving obese people feeling ashamed and worthless. Read more

National Menopause Awareness Month: Tips to navigate through menopause with sanity

National Menopause Awareness Month: Tips to navigate through menopause with sanity

To disseminate awareness about menopause and help women stop dreading that inevitable phase and become mentally, spiritually and physically strong enough to navigate through it, National Menopause Awareness Month is observed in September.

A woman reaches her menopausal stage when she does not menstruate at a stretch for 12 months and when menopause sets in, the female body drastically decreases the production of hormones estrogen and progesterone and all this can affect the mental health of a woman. Read more

10 ways to avoid postpartum depression

10 ways to avoid postpartum depression

Postpartum depression (PPD) can be difficult to recognize and symptoms are often mistaken for “baby blues.” Despite the similarity in the symptoms, they are more pronounced in PPD and last much longer, sometimes extending to weeks, months or even a year or longer. Some of the common symptoms of PPD include crying, irritability, disrupted sleep or excessive sleeping, eating problems (too less or too much), sadness, hopelessness or helplessness, severe anxiety, etc. Read more

Reduction of dissociation level helps improve treatment response in depression and anxiety

Reduction of dissociation level helps improve treatment response in depression and anxiety

Treating depression or anxiety can become difficult at times due to the complex nature of the problem and the mental health of the patient. A recent study has suggested that treating feelings of detachment may help increase the overall treatment response in case of depressed people. The study, titled “Impact of dissociation on treatment of depressive and anxiety spectrum disorders with and without personality disorders,” aimed to examine the effect of dissociation on the effectiveness of treatment process in patients suffering from anxiety/neurotic spectrum and depression. Read more

Instagram pictures can reveal a lot about mental health, study finds

Instagram pictures can reveal a lot about mental health, study finds

Can an analysis of colors provide vital clues about a person’s mental health? The answer may be in the affirmative as per findings of a new study listed in arXiv.org, Cornell University’s open access website for findings before they are published formally, on Aug.13, 2016.

In the study, the researchers created a computer algorithm to analyze Instagram posts of 166 individual users. The algorithm was designed to extract statistical information from 43,950 photos by analyzing their color and brightness, use of Instagram filters, number of faces in each photo and metadata including number of comments or likes. Read more

Creative art therapy helps in relieving stress

Creative art therapy helps in relieving stress

Life is unpredictable with its share of disappointments, joys, worries, challenges and triumphs. It can be smooth sailing at times and rough at other moments. Stress is a part of our everyday life now. It slips in quietly and can begin hampering our everyday living. It is the underlying factor in most cases of depression and can be difficult to manage for both the affected person and his family. However, it can now be kicked to the curb, so claims science. Read more

Wandering thoughts may help in better diagnosis of mental health

Wandering thoughts may help in better diagnosis of mental health

The experience of directionless thoughts, unrelated to any task and independent of stimulus, which tends to run randomly across one’s mind, especially whenever sitting idle or at rest, is common among many. Often, wandering thoughts are considered to be negative and unhappy, as the trail set by them is indefinite. One thought often leads to another, including either digging the past, or planning the future or contemplating events. Read more

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day: Suicide has become an irreversible solution to an interim problem

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day: Suicide has become an irreversible solution to an interim problem

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), more than 41,000 people die by committing suicide every year in the United States. While suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2014, an estimated 10,189 older Americans (ages 60 and up) died from suicide in 2013, stated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more

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