Mental health: People in cities getting more open to the idea of counselling

Nowadays people have become more open to the idea of visiting a counsellor to solve their problems. As mental health is as important as our physical health, it is heartening to see that the trend in cities is changing for the better. This is slowly but steadily helping in breaking barriers and aiding in reducing the social stigma on mental health problems. This is also helping people in an effective manner by giving them a vital way to discuss their problems without fear

Mental health: People in cities getting more open to the idea of counselling“One of my classmates was suffering from study-related stress. When we discussed the issue with our teacher, she referred her to a psychiatrist. After undergoing a few counselling sessions and some other treatment she recovered and is studying without any stress now,” said Meena Patil, a student from the 9th standard in Pune. The culture […]

Bullied kids more likely to use painkillers, reveals study

Children and teens who are bullied are more than twice as likely as peers who are not victimised to take painkillers, a study of school kids in Iceland suggests

Bullied kids more likely to use painkillers, reveals studyWhile bullying has long been linked to an increased risk of suffering from chronic pain and a variety of physical and mental health complaints, research to date hasn’t offered a clear picture of how bullying influences painkiller use, the researchers note in Acta Paediatrica. For the current study, Garmy’s team examined data on 10,626 youth […]

Perseverance toward life goals can fend off depression, anxiety, panic disorders

People who don’t give up on their goals (or who get better over time at not giving up on their goals) and who have a positive outlook appear to have less anxiety and depression and fewer panic attacks, according to a study of thousands of Americans over the course of 18 years

Perseverance toward life goals can fend off depression, anxiety, panic disordersSurprisingly, a sense of control did not have an effect on the mental health of participants across time. The study was published by the American Psychological Association in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. “Perseverance cultivates a sense of purposefulness that can create resilience against or decrease current levels of major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder […]

Victims of bullying are more prone to mental health problems later in life

Victims of bullying in secondary school have dramatically increased chances of mental health problems and unemployment in later life

Victims of bullying are more prone to mental health problems later in lifeNew research led by Lancaster University Management School researchers reveals stark consequences a decade on for pupils subjected to bullying. Those who are the victims of persistent or violent bullying suffer the worst consequences. Emma Gorman and Professor Ian Walker, of the Lancaster University Department of Economics, along with research partners Silvia Mendolia, of the […]

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 […]

Eating junk food can raise your risk of depression, proves new study

The study revealed that California adults who consumed more unhealthy food were also more likely to report symptoms of either moderate or severe psychological distress than their peers who consume a healthier diet

Eating junk food can raise your risk of depression, proves new studyNew US research has found that eating a poor diet low in nutrients may be associated with an increased risk of developing mental health problems. The study has found that poor mental health is linked with poor diet quality, regardless of personal characteristics such as gender age, education, age, marital status and income level. The […]

Sinus problems linked to increased risk of depression, anxiety

People who suffer from a common chronic sinus disorder may be more likely than those who don’t to develop depression and anxiety, a Korean study suggests

Sinus problems linked to increased risk of depression, anxietyResearchers focused on chronic rhinosinusitis, which happens when the cavities around the nasal passages are inflamed and swollen for at least 12 weeks. Symptoms can include facial pain and headaches, nasal obstruction and an impaired sense of smell. The condition has long been linked to a lower quality of life and problems with physical, social, […]

Being kind to yourself can help boost your mental and physical health

A study by the Universities of Exeter and Oxford has found that taking part in self-compassion exercises calms the heart rate, switching off the body’s threat response

Being kind to yourself can help boost your mental and physical healthPrevious studies have shown that this threat response damages the immune system. Researchers believe the ability to switch off this response may lower the risk of disease. Taking time to think kind thoughts about yourself and loved ones has psychological and physical benefits, new research suggests. In the study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological […]

What is Tokophobia? Here’s all you need to know about it

Tokophobia is a pathological fear of pregnancy and can lead to avoidance of childbirth. It can be classified as primary or secondary. Primary is morbid fear of childbirth in a woman, who has no previous experience of pregnancy

What is Tokophobia? Here’s all you need to know about itChildbirth can clearly be a scary prospect. For women who have not given birth before, it is the great unknown. Research into women’s concerns and fears suggests that women may be anxious about the risk of injuries or complications, pain, their ability to give birth, losing control, and interactions with health professionals. Even women who […]

Disrupted sleep could be an early indicator of mood disorders

People who have disrupted sleep cycles or less variation in their activity levels around the clock may be more likely to have depression, bipolar disorders and other mental health issues, a UK study suggests

Disrupted sleep could be an early indicator of mood disordersPast research has found that people with a circadian rhythm, or biological clock, that’s out of step with their daily routines – like split shift or night shift workers – can have an increased risk of emotional, behavioural and psychological problems. The current study examined 24-hour activity levels for 91,015 participants who agreed to wear […]