Depression lowers chance of pregnancy: Study

Depression lowers chance of pregnancy: Study

Depression in women is not uncommon. The burden of managing numerous tasks and responsibilities and fighting various challenges of life can increase a woman’s probability of suffering from depression. However, in many cases, women even fail to realize the problem of depression and consider it to be a “normal part of being a woman.” Read more

PTSD Awareness Month: NJ allows medical marijuana for PTSD treatment

PTSD Awareness Month: NJ allows medical marijuana for PTSD treatment

With a number of states mulling legalization of marijuana for recreational or medical purposes in 2016, the year holds a lot of significance for advocates of freeing the use of cannabis. And with Ohio legalizing cannabis for medicinal purposes recently, now 25 states or an estimated 175 million Americans have access to medical marijuana. In a recent development, New Jersey legalized medical marijuana for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read more

Plotting ‘brain growth’ charts could help in early diagnosis of ADHD: Study

Plotting ‘brain growth’ charts could help in early diagnosis of ADHD: Study

For parents, the revelation that their children might be suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) will be no less than a nightmare. The fact that ADHD is evident in children in the form of symptoms like inattention, hyperactivity, or, at times, both, makes it necessary for doctors to identify the disease at an early stage. This would help in early treatment of the disorder by using behavior therapy, medications and other necessary interventions.

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National Men’s Health Week: Young gays, bisexuals prone to poor mental health, says study

National Men’s Health Week: Young gays, bisexuals prone to poor mental health, says study

Sexual orientation has a lot of influence on the mental health of men. This is true of both gay and bisexual men, who are more prone to mental health issues as compared to their straight counterparts. The level of stigma experienced by bisexual men is different from what is experienced by gay men. However, higher level of education, coupled with high income, can help tackle the situation that affects their daily lives. Read more

National Men’s Health Week: Recognizing signs of depression in men

National Men’s Health Week: Recognizing signs of depression in men

The fact that depression affects men in equal measures is a concept largely ignored because the trait of retaining a “stiff upper lip policy” among American men prevents them from sharing their feelings of hopelessness with others. Both men and women can suffer from depression, but the experiences and manifestations may be different. Though the standard symptoms of depression may be same in both men and women, men generally tend to brush aside telltale signs which indicate clearly the level of turbulence in their minds. Read more

PTSD Awareness Month: Early intervention may help post-traumatic stress disorder patients

PTSD Awareness Month: Early intervention may help post-traumatic stress disorder patients

There is nothing unusual about feeling afraid while dealing with a shocking situation. Any incident involving grave physical or sexual assault or extremely severe emotional abuse may result in either an inclination to escape or the urge to fight back. While most people manage to recover from the emotional aftermath of traumatic events, in some, the impact of the damage is acute and continues to persist. Medical practitioners identify the condition as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which causes people to feel distressed and anxious, even when they are not in danger.

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Online training may help treat depression: Study

Online training may help treat depression: Study

Depression can be deceptive and may lead even the happiest of people to believe that there is nothing worthwhile to live for. No matter how cheerful the surroundings may be, a person suffering from depression will not be able to draw pleasure or happiness from them. In spite of the probability of it being a lifelong condition, how a patient perceives depression may decide the efficacy of the treatment. Read more

4 irrational thoughts that affect depressed people

4 irrational thoughts that affect depressed people

People who are depressed see every day in shades of grey. For them, not only Monday but each day of the week is about experiencing the blues, all seasons bring mood swings and every event culminates into sadness. Depression can be deadly and is not just “a passing affair.” Even the happiest people can suffer from depression at some point in life and think that their life is not worth living. Read more