Sleeping less than 8 hours a night can lead to depression

Sleeping less than 8 hours a night can lead to depression

New York, January 6 (IANS) Are you in the habit sleeping less than eight hours a night? Beware, you may be at risk of suffering from depression and anxiety, according to a study.   Regular sleep disruptions can increase the difficulty in shifting attention away from negative thoughts.   While other people may be able […]

A Hidden Illness

Imlisanen Jamir   “I have of late – but wherefore I know not – lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercise; and, indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory.”   These words from William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ matches those found in […]

Why depression raises risk of early death in women

Why depression raises risk of early death in women

Toronto, October 23 (IANS) Due to the pressure caused by changing societal roles and multiple responsibilities, depression has significantly increased the risk of early death in women, a study has found.   The findings showed that the risk of death associated with depression appeared strongest in the years following a depressive episode.   “During the […]

Fight depression by eating right

Fight depression by eating right

New Delhi, August 30 (IANS) Food packed with vitamins, rich in antioxidants, nuts and green tea are some of the eatables that can help you fight depression, suggest experts.   Sunita Chowdhury, chief dietician at BLK Super Specialty Hospital, and Tanu Arora, Head of the department at Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, Aakash Healthcare, have shared […]

Depression may alter brain structure

Depression may alter brain structure

London, July 22 (IANS) An individual suffering from depression may be at an increased risk of developing changes in the structure of the brain associated with communication and thinking skills, researchers say.   The findings showed that alterations were found in parts of the brain known as white matter, which contains fibre tracts that enable […]

Depression affects boys’ and girls’ brains differently

Depression affects boys’ and girls’ brains differently

London, July 12 (IANS) Depression affects girls and boys differently as the mental disorder has different effects on the activity in certain brain regions, a study has found, suggesting that sex-specific treatments could be beneficial for such teenagers.   The findings showed that by 15 years of age, girls are twice as likely to suffer […]

Probiotic use may improve symptoms of depression

Probiotic use may improve symptoms of depression

Toronto, May 25 (IANS) Regular intake of probiotics — live bacteria and yeasts — which are well known to be good for the digestive system may also relieve symptoms of depression, suggests a new study.   The findings revealed that twice as many adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) reported improvement from co-existing depression when […]

How depression may increase heart disease risk

How depression may increase heart disease risk

London, May 12 (IANS) People with severe mental illness (SMI), including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression, have a 53 per cent higher risk for having cardiovascular disease than individuals without mental illness, says a large study of more than 3.2 million people.   The researchers also identified some important factors which increase risk for […]

Depression affecting 86 mn in Southeast Asia: WHO

Depression affecting 86 mn in Southeast Asia: WHO

New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) With depression being the biggest cause of suicides, and the highest cause of death among 15-29-year olds in Southeast Asia, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday called for scaling up of the quality and reach of mental health services to tackle depression.   Depression affects nearly 86 million people […]

300 million people suffer from depression: WHO

300 million people suffer from depression: WHO

United Nations, April 1 (IANS) More than 300 million people are living with depression, according to the latest estimates from the World Health Organisation (WHO).   The UN agency released the estimates on Thursday ahead of World Health Day.   “These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to re-think their approaches to […]

Talk therapy for depression? Brain scan may predict efficacy

Talk therapy for depression? Brain scan may predict efficacy

New York, March 26 (IANS) Researchers have found that specific patterns of activity on brain scans may help clinicians identify whether talk therapy or antidepressant medication is more likely to help a patient recover from depression.   “All depressions are not equal and like different types of cancer, different types of depression will require specific […]

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