Depression may alter brain structure

Depression may alter brain structure

An individual suffering from depression may be at an increased risk of developing changes in the structure of the brain associated with communication and thinking skills, researchers say. The findings showed that alterations were found in parts of the brain known as white matter, which contains fibre tracts that enable brain cells to communicate with one another by electrical signals. White matter is a key component of the brain’s wiring and its disruption has been linked to problems with emotion processing and thinking skills, the researchers said. Further, people with…

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World Health Day: 7 Foods to Beat Depression & Mood Swings

World Health Day: 7 Foods to Beat Depression & Mood Swings

World Health Day is commemorated every year on 7th April to spread awareness on a particular disease that has become a public health concern globally.  This year, they will be highlighting a pressing problem that been plaguing everyone – from the young to the elderly. Depression is considered to be one of the biggest causes of several ailments. It messes with your mental health, disrupts your daily chores and in extreme cases, makes people give on their lives. While mental health problems have been considered a tabooin our country, given…

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Brain Scans Can Predict a Baby’s Future Risk of Anxiety and Depression

Brain Scans Can Predict a Baby’s Future Risk of Anxiety and Depression

Not too long ago mental diseases were not really spoken about openly. If anyone was undergoing any treatment, it was all hushed about and done behind closed doors. Now, with more and more people and celebrities voicing their opinions and sharing their experiences on social platforms, those affected are learning to open up rather than ignoring the issue at hand and suffering alone. The kind of lifestyles we lead today, stress is almost inevitable. And stress is what gives rise to many other health issues, as we start ignoring our…

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Sit Up: Good Posture Can Boost Your Mood and Help Fight Depression

Sit Up: Good Posture Can Boost Your Mood and Help Fight Depression

A secret wish that we all have, somewhere playing at the back of our mind, is to be stress free. The non-stop daily schedule with strict deadlines and a billion things to do can definitely take a toll on our health no matter how good we are at multi-tasking. This chase for money, or call it a means of better living, doesn’t come easy. But your health is not what you should be willing to compromise on. Both, your physical and mental health, are essential for your well-being. There are…

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Acupuncture Benefits: It Could Treat Chronic Pain and Depression

Acupuncture Benefits: It Could Treat Chronic Pain and Depression

We all maybe familiar with the terms ‘acupuncture’ and ‘acupressure’, but most often people confuse the two. While both the techniques involve the application of pressure in specific points of the body to treat pain and relive stress, acupressure does so by mostly using hands and acupuncture makes use of needles. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing practise, which was used to re-balance the flow of energy or ‘chi’ in the body. If you have watched the movie Kung Fu Panda 3, you will understand the reference to ‘chi’. Talking…

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Anxiety and Depression Can Put You at the Risk of Cancer

Anxiety and Depression Can Put You at the Risk of Cancer

According to WHO statistics, at least 5% of the Indian population lives with a mental illness and nearly half of these mental diseases are not even treated. Depression and anxiety are more than just a phase of feeling sad or low. They are serious mood disorders that can disrupt your day to day functioning and also put you at the risk of several chronic diseases. A new study indicates that higher levels of psychological distress such as anxiety and depression may be associated with an increased risk of death from certain…

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Depression May be as Risky as Obesity and Cholesterol for Your Heart

Depression May be as Risky as Obesity and Cholesterol for Your Heart

350 million people are affected by depression worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation. A new study found recently that depression may be as risky as obesity and cholesterol for your heart. “Our study shows that the risk of a fatal cardiovascular disease due to depression is almost as great as that due to elevated cholesterol levels or obesity,” said Karl-Heinz Ladwig, professor at Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany. Depression accounted for nearly 15 per cent of the cardiovascular deaths. “That is comparable to the other risk factors,…

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Community Based Therapy May Alleviate Depression and Anxiety

Community Based Therapy May Alleviate Depression and Anxiety

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health concerns in today’s society. They are often experienced as a complex set of emotional and functional challenges. Anxiety and depression are not the same, but they often occur together. It is not uncommon for people with depression to experience anxiety and people with anxiety to become depressed. A community-based mental health care programme can significantly improve the lives of millions of people suffering from mental illness, researchers have found. The study showed that six months after undergoing the six…

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Depression May Up Risk of Arthritis, Stomach Problems: Study

Depression May Up Risk of Arthritis, Stomach Problems: Study

Arthritis and diseases of the digestive system are more common after depression, while anxiety disorders tend to be followed by skin diseases, a new study has warned. Mental disorders and physical diseases frequently go hand in hand. For the first time, psychologists at the University of Basel in Switzerland and Ruhr University Bochum in Germany have identified temporal patterns in young people. Physical diseases and mental disorders affect a person’s quality of life and present a huge challenge for the healthcare system. If physical and mental disorders systematically co-occur from…

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Yogic Breathing May Help Fight Major Depression: Study

Yogic Breathing May Help Fight Major Depression: Study

A breathing-based yogic meditation practice may help alleviate severe depression in people who do not fully respond to antidepressant treatments, according to a new study led by an Indian-origin scientist. Researchers found significant improvement in symptoms of depression and anxiety in medicated patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) who participated in the breathing technique known as Sudarshan Kriya yoga. The meditation technique, which is practiced in both a group setting and at home, includes a series of sequential, rhythm-specific breathing exercises that bring people into a deep, restful and meditative…

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