#WorldMentalHealthDay: St George Hospital to start OPD for mental illness patients  

In a survey carried out by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation during a period of two years, from October 2015 to September 2017, revealed that 1,74, 379 patients sought treatment for mental health issues. The study was conducted in collaboration with Department of Community Medicine, Sion Hospital

#WorldMentalHealthDay: St George Hospital to start OPD for mental illness patients  Mumbai’s state-run St George hospital to start an Out Patient Department (OPD) for the patients suffering from mental illness. This will be a pilot project, which will kick-start from last week of October. While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Madhukar Gaikwad, Medical Superintendent of St George hospital said, “Tension, stress, lifestyle issues and many […]

#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 […]

Unstable relationships can have a detrimental effect on mental health

The weakening of a relationship is often caused due to higher rates of abuse, poorer communication and lower levels of commitment. Well, more than anything else, it clearly imposes a great risk to your mental health

Unstable relationships can have a detrimental effect on mental healthFrom Ross and Rachel to Carrie and Mr. Big, many of us can’t help but root for the will-they-won’t-they type of romances. But new findings suggest being part of on-again, off-again relationships can have a toxic impact on your mental health. The study titled “Coming out and getting back in: relationship cycling and distress in […]

DNA of people with depression, trauma is biologically older than healthy individuals

DNA from people who suffer from major depression is biologically older than that of healthy people by on average 8 months, suggesting that they are biologically older than their corresponding calendar age

DNA of people with depression, trauma is biologically older than healthy individualsThis effect was greater in people who have had childhood trauma, such as violence, neglect or sexual abuse, who show a biological age around a year older than their actual age. This work is presented at the ECNP conference in Barcelona. There is increasing evidence that serious depression and trauma is associated with shorter life-spans. […]

Scientific study reveals why certain people are more resilient to depression

Most antidepressants work by lowering levels of serotonin transporters in order to slow down the removal of serotonin from between the nerve cells. For the new study, Dr McMahon and team recruited 23 participants - 13 of whom where women - who had not developed depression despite having the 5-HTTLPR gene which can make an individual more prone to seasonal affective disorder

Scientific study reveals why certain people are more resilient to depressionA new study used a model of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) to find out why some people don’t develop depression despite being genetically predisposed to it. The findings also shed light on potential new treatments for seasonal depression. The symptoms seasonal affective disorder (SAD) are so similiar to those of depression that it can sometimes […]

Mental health: Problems faced by youngsters in a changing world

The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day (October 10) is ‘young people and mental health in a changing world’. The expanding use of online technologies, like social media, while undoubtedly bringing many benefits, can also bring additional pressures, as connectivity to virtual networks at any time grows

Mental health: Problems faced by youngsters in a changing worldAdolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur, for example changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job. For many, these are exciting times. They can also be times of stress and apprehension however. In some cases, if not recognised and managed, these feelings […]

A vegetarian diet can help reduce the risk of depression, finds study

It is known that poor mental health can affect appetite in a harmful manner. But how much of an influence do poor eating habits have on our susceptibility to mental health problems?

A vegetarian diet can help reduce the risk of depression, finds studyResearchers at the University College London, England reviewed several studies published in recent years to find out. Their review titled ‘Healthy dietary indices and risk of depressive outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies’ was published in Molecular Psychiatry on September 26. Dr Camille Lasalle and her colleagues conducted the review by aggregating […]

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 […]
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