Mental health: UK gets ‘minister for loneliness,’ India needs one too, believe experts

Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression and 260 million are living with anxiety disorders. Mental health should be of utmost importance as it affects the holistic well-being of the individual and the societies in a larger perspective

Mental health: UK gets ‘minister for loneliness,’ India needs one too, believe expertsThe National Mental Health Survey of India, 2015-16 shows urban metros are witnessing a growing burden of mental health problems. Depression is said to affect 350 million people in communities across the world and represents the third leading contributor to the global disease burden. WHO study shows in 2015 over five crore Indians suffered from […]

Establishing strong friendships in adolescence may benefit mental health, says study

One potential reason for these long-term benefits could be that close, positive relations with friends boost self-worth and self-esteem at a time crucial for self-development and identity formation

Establishing strong friendships in adolescence may benefit mental health, says study  Researchers at the University of Virginia (UV) in Charlottesville set out to examine the long-term impact of having strong friendships in adolescence on mental health as an adult. The new study was published in the journal Child Development, and the lead author of the study was Rachel K. Narr, a Ph.D. candidate in clinical […]

Here’s how parents can help prevent suicide in children

There are times when kids show clear signs of depression, but parents tend to ignore them or pass them off as usual mood swings. If there is a doubt that your child is being highly temperamental or suicidal, parents should immediately seek help from counsellors at school or a mental health expert

Here’s how parents can help prevent suicide in childrenIn recent times, due to the influence of technology, kids have become aloof and do not share much with their parents. It is at this time that the parents need to be cautious to identify signs that might lead to self-harm or worse, suicide. There are times when kids show clear signs of depression, but […]

Know how to deal with déjà vu

Déjà vu is ‘already seen’ and refers to the feeling you get when you feel you have been somewhere before or done something already, that you really haven't, and you know this strong feeling is not warranted - that is, you are aware the feeling isn't true. Here, the experts tell you about how to get rid of the déja vu feeling

Know how to deal with déjà vuDéjà vu, the strong feeling that you have experienced a current situation, even though you haven’t experienced it before. As per experts, it is common and almost everybody experiences déjà vu at some point of time and they advice to get it treated if it is persistent.    Dr Avinash Desousa, co-founder of Desousa Foundation, explained, […]

Daily crosswords can enhance brain function in later life

researchers calculate that people who engage in word puzzles have brain function equivalent to ten years younger than their age, on tests of grammatical reasoning speed and short term memory accuracy

Daily crosswords can enhance brain function in later lifeThe more regularly people report doing word puzzles such as crosswords, the better their brain function in later life, a large-scale and robust online trial has found. Experts at the University of Exeter Medical School and Kings College London analysed data from more than 17,000 healthy people aged 50 and over, submitted in an online […]

Getting less than 8 hours of sleep can lead to depression, anxiety

Regular sleep disruptions can increase the difficulty in shifting attention away from negative thoughts. These negative thoughts can more easily expose people to different types of psychological disorders, such as depression or anxiety

Getting less than 8 hours of sleep can lead to depression, anxietyPeople who sleep less than the recommended eight hours a night are more likely to suffer depression or anxiety, a new study suggests. The study, conducted by researchers at Binghamton University of New York State and published in the recent edition of journal ScienceDirect, compared the timing and duration of sleep in individuals with moderate […]

Highlights of 2017: Health news web portal My Medical Mantra’s journey

To keep people updated about the healthcare sector. India’s leading health news web portal My Medical Mantra, has carved a niche audience with its efforts, timely reporting of the news, campaigns, medical breakthroughs and fitness and diet mantras. With an aim to pave the way for long term well-being, the portal helps in spreading, promoting and encouraging a healthy living

Highlights of 2017: Health news web portal My Medical Mantra’s journeyMy Medical Mantra is a medical news portal which aims at bringing the latest news, interesting developments and intriguing facts from the medical world in simple words for its readers. On December 4, health news web portal My Medical Mantra completed a year. On the occasion of its first anniversary, The Vice President of India, […]

‘10 % of Indians have one or more mental health problem’

President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the 22nd convocation of National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru. He said, “We need to ensure that by 2022 at least those who are suffering from severe mental disorders have been diagnosed and have access to treatment facilities. Let us take this up as a national mission”

‘10 % of Indians have one or more mental health problem’    Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act as we cope with life. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. But, deteriorating mental health is a severe issue in the country. President Ram Nath Kovind said, […]

Do you feel scared quite often? Your sleep quality might be the reason

There is growing evidence that the quality of a person's sleep is linked to the occurrence or severity of a number of psychological conditions, ranging from PTSD to depression. However, this study is the first significant one to explore whether a person's pattern of sleep can be used to predict whether he or she might be vulnerable to PTSD or develop PTSD following a traumatic event

Do you feel scared quite often? Your sleep quality might be the reasonThe quality of your sleep could play a role in how your brain responds to fear, which, in turn, could determine how likely you are to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a small, new study suggests. People in the study who got more “rapid eye movement” (REM) sleep had less activity in the areas […]

WHO: Video gaming disorder to be recognised as mental illness

If you are a hardcore video game player and can't let that controller go away for a moment, then you must know that World Health Organization (WHO) thinks that your actions could make you a patient of mental illness

WHO: Video gaming disorder to be recognised as mental illnessThe World Health Organisation (WHO) will include “gaming disorder” in its international list of illnesses to be released early in 2018. Across the globe, e-sports is a growing trend that reached new heights of fandom in the last few years. Several thousand hardcore gamers throng events every year to participate in huge conglomerations of people […]
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