Google aims to curb tech addiction with ‘Digital Wellbeing’

Google aims to curb tech addiction with ‘Digital Wellbeing’

Internet behemoth Google recently announced a slew of features intended toward the well-being of its users. Dubbed as “Digital Wellbeing,” the initiative is a collection of apps and features that the company claims will enable users to make productive use of their time while on Android devices. According to the tech giant, the new features would permit users to keep a track of the time spent on social media, block distracting notifications and reduce the vibrancy of the screen during bedtime that would ultimately help in reining in tech addiction. Continue reading

Antidepressant Death Awareness Month: Antidepressants may elevate risk of death, finds study

Antidepressant Death Awareness Month: Antidepressants may elevate risk of death, finds study

Antidepressants, usually prescribed for depression and anxiety, can at times cause a variety of side effects like nausea, weight gain, loss of sexual desires, etc. And now a new study, published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics in September 2017, has revealed that antidepressants may elevate the risk of death. According to the study, antidepressant users were 33 percent more likely to die than non-users. Furthermore, the study found that people taking antidepressants had 14 percent higher risk of developing cardiovascular problems, including strokes and heart attacks. Continue reading

8 effective lifestyle modifications to deal with anxiety

8 effective lifestyle modifications to deal with anxiety

It is common to experience anxiety occasionally. Anything from job interviews, social gatherings and other personal vulnerabilities tend to evoke anxiety at times that vanishes on its own. However, for some people these experiences can be more than a momentary restlessness. Individuals with persistent restlessness or fear are likely to suffer from anxiety disorders. Continue reading

Anxiety, depression affect well-being of older population

Anxiety, depression affect well-being of older population

Some old people enjoy high levels of subjective well-being despite age-related illnesses such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, among others. German scientists have tried to find out the reasons behind it. A new study, published recently in the journal BMC Geriatrics, has reported a strong association between low levels of well-being experienced and depression/anxiety. Continue reading

Childhood brain injury increases risk of anxiety disorders as adults, finds study

Childhood brain injury increases risk of anxiety disorders as adults, finds study

Childhood gifts a person some of the most pleasurable and fun moments of life. However, it is also a vulnerable phase when a child is growing and most of his/her cognitive functions and various organs are developing. The slightest injury can result in trauma or injury which can have serious effects that can last a lifetime. In fact, according to a recent study, a child who is exposed to some form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is likely to deal with its aftereffects in the form of mental health issues as an adult. Continue reading

Excessive social media use can lead to social isolation and mental problems

Excessive social media use can lead to social isolation and mental problems

It feels good to be connected. Most people take to social networking sites to connect with like-minded people or those with similar interests or with friends and relatives. It is a good way to stay in touch with people living far off. The interlinking between various social networking sites has helped people gain access to more information. This has drastically altered the way people communicate and do business. However, spending more time on various social media platforms might also increase the chances of feeling isolated on a social level, says a recent study.
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Detecting depression and anxiety in newborn children

Detecting depression and anxiety in newborn children

Getting anxious or depressed is a common response to stressful situations. Some people may experience continued feelings of sadness, worry or fear on daily basis and may find it difficult to overcome negative thoughts. Many a times, cases of depression and anxiety are identified when patients self-report about the nature of their emotions or behavior, the experiences they had in their past or suicidal thoughts they may be experiencing often. A new study, titled, “Neonatal Amygdala Functional Connectivity at Rest in Healthy and Preterm Infants and Early Internalizing Symptoms” has paved way for early detection of symptoms of depression and anxiety by scanning brains of newborns. The study got published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) in February 2017.
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