Excessive social media use, television viewing increase depression in teenagers

Changes in adolescent social media use and television use predict increases in symptoms of depression. The study, published July 15 in JAMA Pediatrics, revealed that a higher than average frequency of social media and television viewing over four years predicts more severe symptoms of depression over that same time frame. Over and above a potential […]

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Having more depressive symptoms tied to increased risk of stroke

“Depression is common and often goes untreated, so these results could hold great promise as we learn more about how depression may affect people’s risk for stroke and other cardiovascular problems and ultimately develop ways to prevent these problems,” said study author Marialaura Simonetto, MD, of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in […]

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Women twice as likely to suffer from severe depression after a stroke, suggests study

New research today published in the European Journal of Neurology has found that women are twice as likely to suffer from severe depression following a stroke than men. The team of researchers from King’s College London followed the progress of symptoms over five years after stroke onset in 2,313 people (1,275 men and 1,038 women). […]

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‘Night owls’ have greater risk of having depressive symptoms, schizophrenia: Confirms new study

Staying up late and lying in could increase your risk of mental illness, experts have warned. People who go to bed early and wake up early report higher mental well-being, the University of Exeter researchers said. Study leader Mike Weedon said, “We’ve provided the strongest evidence to date that ‘night owls’ are at higher risk […]

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Higher screen time linked to increased levels of anxiety in children, suggests study

Even after only one hour of screen time daily, children and teens may begin to have less curiosity, lower self-control, less emotional stability and a greater inability to finish tasks, reports San Diego State University psychologist Jean Twenge and University of Georgia psychology professor W. Keith Campbell. Twenge and Campbell’s results were published in an […]

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Can magic mushrooms help treat depression?

A hallucinogen found in magic mushrooms can ‘reset’ the brains of people with untreatable depression, raising hopes of a future treatment, scans suggest. The small study gave 19 patients a single dose of the psychedelic ingredient psilocybin. Half of patients ceased to be depressed and experienced changes in their brain activity that lasted about five […]

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‘Being a victim of post-partum depression, I thought of throwing my baby from first floor’

Motherhood is supposed to be the happiest phase in a woman’s life. I did read the quotes and experiences shared by people that glorify motherhood. So, when I came to know that I was to be a mother too, the feelings I experienced couldn’t be described in words. Pregnancy was rather a rocky phase for […]

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Harvard and Columbia study ‘prove’ how yoga eases symptoms of depression

A new study has found that those with depression reduced their symptoms through the workout. Previous studies have shown that yoga increases the production of serotonin – a mood stabilizer in the brain – and its emphasis in breathing, concentration and smooth movement helps reduce symptoms. Scientists say that this study underlines exactly why many […]

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