The surprising benefits that exercise can have on your mental health

The surprising benefits that exercise can have on your mental health

Your time working out can have a positive impact on your mental health.JoJo Whilden/AP/The Weinstein Company 40 million Americans are affected by anxiety disorders. 16.1 million adults experienced at least one major depressive episode in the last year. For many, regular exercise can reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression, or at least help you deal with them. It can also help you have a stronger immune system and help you sleep better, both of which can positively benefit your mental health. If you’re one of the 40 million American…

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Not Just Mother’s But Father’s Diet Also Determines Child’s Mental Fitness

Not Just Mother’s But Father’s Diet Also Determines Child’s Mental Fitness

Mother’s diet has always been held crucial for the development and overall wellness of the child, however, a recent study suggests father’s dietary choices to be equally important for child’s cognitive development. A study published in the journal, Molecular Psychiatry, suggests father’s excessive consumption of energy drinks or folic pills detrimental to baby’s cognitive skills. “We were able to show that even a transient change in the paternal diet can cause impaired learning skills in offspring. This affected in particular the ability to properly learn a spatial navigation task,” said…

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Fruits and Vegetables May Help Boost Mental Health

Fruits and Vegetables May Help Boost Mental Health

It is said that you are in the best of health only if you have a healthy body, mind and soul. These three components are essential in bringing a balance to your life and keep you happy and strong. While we commonly pay heed to our physical state of being, our mental health takes a back seat. Call it taboo or what, but must people shy away from discussing their mental state. In today’s times, with alarming rise in cases of depression, anxiety and stress, it is important to talk…

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How brain can be tricked to cure mental maladies

How brain can be tricked to cure mental maladies

When neuroscientist V S Ramachandran came up with a cardboard box and mirror to trick the brain into `seeing’ a limb that didn’t exist in the late 1990s, he created quite a stir in the scientific community . Two decades on, he has initiated another trial on the same principle of illusion -only this time the brain itself plays the role of a mirror. Taking forward the theory that some brain cells in people mirror a reaction they are just witness to but not part of, Ramachandran and his team…

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Mental health drives at grassroots can prevent suicides, says report

Mental health drives at grassroots can prevent suicides, says report

Grassroots community mental health programmes to address risk factors such as depressionand alcohol use disorders can significantly address treatment gaps and reduce incidence of suicide, a new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry shows. The prevalence of depression, one of the most common mental disorders, fell from 14.6% to 11.3% following community mental health interventions implemented by two NGOs -Prakriti and Sangath. The population-based programme -Vishram (Vidarbha Stress and Health Program) was implemented over 18 months in Vidarbha, which reported a high prevalence of suicides in agricultural com munities. The…

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Yoga can Improve Mental Health for Kids under Home Care

Yoga can Improve Mental Health for Kids under Home Care

Regular practise of Kundalini Yoga — which incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation and the chanting of mantras — can potentially help improve the health and psychological well being of children as well as the workforce in residential care homes, a study has found. The results showed that the yogic technique has the potential to encourage togetherness and mutuality and improve health and psychological outcomes for children as well as the staff. “The findings are very exciting as they suggest that the practice of Kundalini yoga, involving both staff and…

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New brain diet ‘slows mental decline’

New brain diet ‘slows mental decline’

“Eating food rich in vitamins and minerals keeps the brain younger,” reports the Daily Express. The headline was prompted by a US study of a new diet called MIND, which appeared to slow down ageing of the brain. The MIND diet was developed specifically to help improve brain function and reduce dementia, and is a combination of the Mediterranean diet and the blood pressure-lowering DASH diet. Both of these diets have previously shown positive effects on cognitive decline. The researchers wanted to see if they could narrow down which elements…

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Fatty Food May Up Mental Problems in Children

Fatty Food May Up Mental Problems in Children

Love to binge on fatty foods such as oily samosas and cheese-laden pizzas? Beware, as a new study warns that such children may be at risk of developing cognitive and psychiatric problems such as schizophrenia or Alzheimer’s disease in their adulthood. According to the study, diets rich in fat deplete the levels of a key protein known as reelin which help synapses in the brain to work properly. This hampers behavioural flexibility and memory. Low levels of reelin have been associated with a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in…

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Turning Back the Clock 1 Hour Takes a Serious Toll on Your Mental Health

Turning Back the Clock 1 Hour Takes a Serious Toll on Your Mental Health

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Daylight saving time should be a permanent, year-round phenomenon. Rather than turning back our clocks this weekend to extend our pre-election suffering by yet another hour, we should simply leave the hour hand where it is and pledge to never fiddle with it again. The social and public health benefits would be enormous. The fall transition to standard time is linked to an increase in crime that costs the country billions of dollars annually. Transitions into and out of daylight saving…

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Facebook Posts May Offer Insight Into Mental Illness

Facebook Posts May Offer Insight Into Mental Illness

Your Facebook status updates, ‘likes’ and even photos could help researchers better understand mental health disorders, a new study says. Social networks may even be used in future to treat mental illness, particularly among young people, the researchers said. “Facebook is hugely popular and could provide us with a wealth of data to improve our knowledge of mental health disorders such as depression and schizophrenia,” said the study’s lead-author Becky Inkster from University of Cambridge. Over a billion people worldwide use Facebook daily – one in seven of the global…

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