Prolonged use of antidepressants linked to weight gain, finds study

Prolonged use of antidepressants linked to weight gain, finds study

Research has linked obesity to an increased chance of developing depression whereas, depression is considered to be one of the key factors responsible for encountering weight management issues. It seems the prescription drugs used for treating the mental disorder might also have a critical role to play in one’s weight gain. According to a recent study by experts at the King’s College, London, commonly used antidepressants can heighten one’s chance of becoming obese, with the prolonged use tied to 21 percent increased chance of suffering from obesity. Read more

Study explores probable link between depression and memory problems in elderly

Study explores probable link between depression and memory problems in elderly

Loss of memory and an impaired thinking are often considered part of the aging process. Hence, along with the wrinkled skin and deteriorating bodily functions, fluctuating memories are also accepted as a natural outcome of aging. However, according to a recent study, published in Neurology in May 2018, impaired memory and thinking in elderly people could be a result of underlying depression. Read more

Resistance training may help reduce symptoms of depression, says study

Resistance training may help reduce symptoms of depression, says study

Regular exercise is a proven way to attain a healthy mind and body. Though there is enough documentation supporting the physical benefits of exercise, a recent meta-analysis established that a particular type of exercise can help improve mental health too. The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry in May 2018, found that resistance exercise training (RET) could significantly reduce the symptoms of depression, such as bad mood, feelings of worthlessness, and loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. Read more

Study suggests link between childhood obesity and depression

Study suggests link between childhood obesity and depression

Considering the rising prevalence of depression across the United States, scientists are constantly conducting studies to understand the relevant factors that increase the likelihood of various mental problems. Now, a group of researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine has highlighted the concurrent problems of obesity and depression in both children and adolescents. According to a recent study published online in the journal Hormones and Behavior, depression and obesity in children may be caused by shared aberrations in the reward-processing regions of the brain. Read more

Soon, a drug for postpartum depression

Soon, a drug for postpartum depression

Jane and her husband wanted a baby. Both of them were in their late twenties and were well settled in their profession, so they wanted to explore the possibility of going the family way. It would be fun, they thought, to have someone to play with when they came home, and Jane could work from home. When their gynecologist informed them that the stork had visited them, they were overjoyed. However, once the baby arrived, the fairy tale turned into a nightmare. Though Jane was aware of postpartum depression and anxiety, she did not know it could be this bad. Read more

Ways to manage depression at workplace

Ways to manage depression at workplace

Tom had been feeling disoriented since last few days after waking up in the morning. It was an ardent task for him to get out of the bed, brew coffee, have breakfast and rush for work. Once in office, he would just drag his assignments, stay aloof and feel completely out of place. He could see that this behavior was affecting his productivity and he had no answers when his manager asked for submissions. One fine day, Tom decided to consult a psychologist who diagnosed him with clinical depression. Read more

National Depression Screening Day: UCLA organizes mental health screening for its freshmen

National Depression Screening Day: UCLA organizes mental health screening for its freshmen

Getting through college entrance tests or facing university exams may be arduous, and in some cases, provoke anxiousness. While anxiety symptoms are common as a result of continuing stress levels, care must be taken that the affected do not slip into unwarranted depression. Parents of Emily Thornton (name changed) barely recognized her after she returned home post her sophomore year at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Emily’s obsession with study and challenging university life took a heavy toll on her mental as well as physical health. Read more

New feature by Google to help screen for depression

New feature by Google to help screen for depression

A common mental disorder, depression affects more than 300 million people worldwide. A leading cause of disability and a serious mental illness, it is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. Though feelings of sadness and mood swings at times is normal, depression is characterized by the persistent presence of such feelings. A widespread illness, it is often as physical as it is psychological. Disrupting one’s daily life, at its worst, depression can lead to suicide. Read more

Don’t Be a Bully Month: Workplace bullying can result in depression, anxiety

Don’t Be a Bully Month: Workplace bullying can result in depression, anxiety

There is a tendency among some employees or senior officials to engage in bullying behavior in a bid to achieve a power imbalance at workplace. Bullying has a diabolic impact on both employees who are bullied and those who bully others. The Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) – “the first and only U.S. organization dedicated to the eradication of workplace bullying,” as put on its website – defines bullying as “repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the target) by one or more perpetrators that takes myriad forms.” Read more