Risk factors for bipolar in children

Stress can play a role in the development of bipolar in children. More precisely, how a child responds to elevated stress has been suggested as a contributor to the development of bipolar disorder

Risk factors for bipolar in childrenBipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by extreme swings in mood and thought. A person with bipolar disorder swings between periods of mania or less severe hypomania and depression. The onset of bipolar disorder typically occurs during young adulthood, but teens and children can also be diagnosed. Similarly to many mental health disorders, there are a number of […]

How does the body cope with a night of no sleep, the answer is: not well

 Getting no sleep, let alone an hour too little, throws your body’s regular processes for a loop, jostling the delicate balance of hormones out of whack and signalling to your brain that something is definitely wrong. A number of things happen when you pull an all-nighter, and not one of them is good

How does the body cope with a night of no sleep, the answer is: not wellWho among us has not pulled an all-nighter, the practise which is generally seen among college students or working professionals, wherein, people will generally be up all night either studying or working very hard to complete a certain given task or assignment before a nearing deadline. All-nighters mark the full surrender to academic demands — […]

Why poor sleep can lead to chronic pain

A general decline in both the quantity and quality of hours slept led to a two- to three-fold increase in pain problems over time, researchers found. Also, sleep disturbances contribute to problems in the ability to process and cope with pain

Why poor sleep can lead to chronic painPeople who sleep poorly may be more likely to develop a chronic pain condition and have worse physical health, a study from the UK suggests. A general decline in both the quantity and quality of hours slept led to a two- to three-fold increase in pain problems over time, researchers found. “Sleep and pain problems […]

Difference between situational depression and clinical depression

Situational depression often goes away in time, and talking about the problem can ease recovery process. If recovery does not occur, more severe condition of clinical depression may develop

Difference between situational depression and clinical depressionEveryone feels sad from time to time and this is a natural human emotion. But depression is a serious condition that can affect every aspect of a person’s life. Situational and clinical depression are similar, but not the same. Recognizing the signs of situational and clinical depression is the first step towards getting appropriate help. […]

Do you keep moving your legs? You may have Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder of the part of the nervous system that causes an urge to move the legs and is commonly seen in females than in males. RLS can be treated with home remedies, lifestyle changes, or medication, say experts

Do you keep moving your legs? You may have Restless Legs SyndromeRLS is a condition marked by unpleasant leg sensations while resting. Arti Shroff, a Clinical Psychologist in Mumbai said “Restless leg syndrome belongs to the class of neuro – motor and sleep – wake disorders. It is characterized by a constant and persistent urge to move the legs by shaking, stomping and rubbing the legs […]

Sleep problems in pregnant women linked to preterm birth

Women with insomnia or other sleep problems have an increased risk of giving birth prematurely, a new study suggests

Sleep problems in pregnant women linked to preterm birthThe observational study, in Obstetrics and Gynecology, included 2,172 women with a sleep disorder who gave birth between 2007 and 2012 to single children after 22 to 44 weeks of gestation. They were matched with the same number of women with the identical ethnic, health and behavioral characteristics, but who did not have a sleep […]

‘People thought I was lazy, it turned out to be narcolepsy’

Mohit was diagnosed with narcolepsy, a rare neurological disorder caused by the brain's inability to regulate the sleep-wake cycle. It is a disorder in which a person falls asleep at random times. There is no specific cure of for this disease

‘People thought I was lazy, it turned out to be narcolepsy’Family members and friends of Mohit More (name changed), a 26-year-old, always knew that he slept a lot. Even during the day, Mohit used to get an excessive urge to sleep which he could not control. He slept for 14 to 16 hours in a day. It was considered that he had a habit of […]

Scientists identify a gene that may be keeping people up at night

Researchers at the Rockefeller University have uncovered a genetic mutation that may explain why a common form of insomnia called delayed sleep phase disorder (DSPD), which is at least partly heritable sometimes and tends to run in families

Scientists identify a gene that may be keeping people up at nightSome people, no matter what they do, simply cannot fall asleep until the wee hours—and do not feel rested unless they get up much later than most of us. These night owls may have a common form of insomnia called delayed sleep phase disorder (DSPD), which studies have suggested is at least partly heritable. Now […]

Digital detox to recharge and reboot you

A digital detox is switching off electronic gadgets such as mobiles and smartphones, tablets, laptops, and computers for a certain period of time. This allows you to spend some screen-free time and enjoy whatever you are doing

Digital detox to recharge and reboot youFeeling anxious by just thinking about giving up your smartphone and missing out on social media updates for a day? It may not be as bad as you think – if you’re prepared. Dr Harish Shetty, consulting Psychiatrist at Dr LH Hiranandani Hospital, Powai, explained, “Continuous use of smartphones and other gadgets can cause neck […]

Disturbed sleep at night might worsen suicidal thoughts

Sleep is a barometer of our well-being, and directly impacts how we feel the next day. Poor sleep may fail to provide an emotional respite during times of distress, impacting how we regulate our mood, and thereby lowering the threshold for suicidal behaviours

Disturbed sleep at night might worsen suicidal thoughtsInsomnia, nightmares, and erratic sleep times could be indicators of worsening suicidal thoughts among young adults, a new study suggests. Researchers found that young adults who experienced sleep disturbances were more likely to have suicidal thoughts over the subsequent 3 weeks, compared with young adults who slept well. Lead author Rebecca Bernert, Ph.D., assistant professor […]