Music therapy can help benefit patients suffering from dementia

Music accesses different parts of the brain than language, so music can be used to communicate or engage with someone who has been diagnosed with dementia, even if they no longer speak or respond to other people’s words. Playing soothing music to a person may inspire an emotional reaction in them

Music therapy can help benefit patients suffering from dementiaMusic therapy may improve depression and anxiety in dementia patients, a new analysis suggests. Music therapy might also improve emotional well-being among those with dementia, researchers found. But they didn’t find any benefits when it came to cognition and behavioural issues such as agitation or aggression, according to the report in the Cochrane Library journal. […]

#WorldMentalHealthDay: Five lifestyle changes to enhance your mood

When someone is diagnosed with a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety, first line treatments usually include psychological therapies and medication. What’s not always discussed are the changeable lifestyle factors that influence our mental health

#WorldMentalHealthDay: Five lifestyle changes to enhance your moodEven those who don’t have a mental health condition may still be looking for ways to further improve their mood, reduce stress, and manage their day-to-day mental health. It can be empowering to make positive life changes. While time restrictions and financial limitations may affect some people’s ability to make such changes, we all have […]

Depression during pregnancy? Yes, it’s real! Know its causes and symptoms 

Depression during pregnancy is referred to as prenatal depression. According to the psychiatrist, cases of depression during pregnancy are rising day-by-day. Experts say, if not treated, it can prove to be fatal to the expectant mother and the developing foetus

Depression during pregnancy? Yes, it’s real! Know its causes and symptoms Have you ever heard about prenatal depression, or, have you ever experienced a low, lonely feeling during pregnancy? Even if you have not faced such a situation, many expectant mothers are facing this situation. According to the doctors, in India, around 15 to 20 pregnant women, per 100, are suffering from prenatal depression. Depression can […]

Acne stigma linked to lower overall quality of life, reveals study

Many people with acne are negatively impacted by perceived social stigma around the skin condition, a new study from Ireland has found. Women and girls with acne reported greater impairment of life quality than their male counterparts

Acne stigma linked to lower overall quality of life, reveals studyMany people with acne are negatively impacted by perceived social stigma around the skin condition, a new study from University of Limerick (UL), Ireland, has found. A survey of 271 acne sufferers has revealed that their own negative perceptions of how society views their appearance is associated with higher psychological distress levels and further physical […]

Decoding the effect of gaming addiction on children’s health

Dr Parul Tank, a consultant psychiatrist from Fortis Hospital, Mulund, shares how excessive gaming can impact your child’s health both positively and negatively and what should a parent do

Decoding the effect of gaming addiction on children’s healthHave we ever considered gaming addition as a mental health issue? Maybe not, with a hope that this phase will pass, we usually brush it under the carpet. Excessive gaming, like any other activity, has its impact. Video games started off as a way for kids to pass the time, back in the 50’s, but […]

#WorldAlzheimersDay: Anxiety could be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s disease

As anxiety is common in older people, rising anxiety symptoms may prove to be most useful as a risk marker in older adults with other genetic, biological or clinical indicators of high Alzheimer’s disease risk

#WorldAlzheimersDay: Anxiety could be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s diseaseAccording to a recent study, anxiety may be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s disease in older adults. The findings support the hypothesis that neuropsychiatric symptoms could represent the early manifestation of Alzheimer’s disease in them. Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition that causes the decline of cognitive function and the inability to carry out daily […]

Cold water swimming might ease depression, says study

For the first time it has been shown open water swimming could be an effective treatment for depression. A case study published in British Medical Journal Case Reports suggests open water swimming might help people with depression be able to give up their medication and live happier lives

Cold water swimming might ease depression, says studyThe study, led by television doctor Chris van Tulleken, of University College London, and co-authored by two University of Portsmouth scientists, highlights the case of a woman with severe anxiety and depression who once she began open water swimming, immediately started feeling better. She continued to swim and, as the weeks went by, her symptoms […]

Kids with ADHD and autism at a higher risk of developing anxiety

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and ADHD had more than twice (or 2.2 times) the risk of anxiety disorder and 2.7 times the risk of other mood disorders. Researchers also found that these psychiatric conditions were more prevalent in older children. Intervention during early childhood is important to promote the optimal development and well-being of people with an ASD

Kids with ADHD and autism at a higher risk of developing anxietyThe study, which compares comorbidities among patients with ASD and ADHD, and ASD alone, is one of the largest of its kind. A team of researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute used the data from a cross-sectional survey of children aged between six to seventeen years old with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study included […]

Self-harm: Why parents should be concerned?

A consultant psychiatrist from Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Dr Parul Tank, shares how parents can identify the signs of self-harm in children. What and how they can do to help their children in these situations

Self-harm: Why parents should be concerned?Self-harm is a cautious behaviour that is non-suicidal in nature however it causes physical harm to one’s body helping relieving emotional distress. Currently, it is the major public health problem, especially amongst children and adolescents. With suicide being the second most common cause of death, for the age groups up to 25 years worldwide, it […]

Natural ways to help manage anxiety

Anxiety is part of life, we all feel it from time to time. When you do, there are a few things you can try to help calm your emotions. If you feel anxious often and nothing seems to help, talk with your doctor about other ways to manage it

Natural ways to help manage anxietyExercise You don’t have to train for the Olympics – a 10-minute walk can do the trick just as well as a 45-minute workout. Either can make you feel better for a few hours, like aspirin for a headache. And if you exercise regularly – at least 3 times a week – you’re less likely […]
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