National Recovery Month: Embracing professional treatment to cure depression

National Recovery Month: Embracing professional treatment to cure depression

Feeling low once in a while is normal for any human being. However, when such feelings become persistent and last throughout the day, for more than two weeks, it could be a case of clinical depression. Symptoms of depression, such as persistent sadness, irritability, guilt, oversleeping or waking up too early and fatigue, among others, usually become visible, but are ignored by the patient or kin, leading to its deterioration and making treatment difficult. In extreme cases it may even lead to suicide. Continue reading

Advanced maternal age ups chances of children to suffer from OCD: Study

Advanced maternal age ups chances of children to suffer from OCD: Study

Children born to older fathers have been found to be at a great likelihood of suffering from schizophrenia. Studies have said that 15 percent patients detected with schizophrenia were also diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), making it unclear if the first child born to an older father also carried the risk of suffering from OCD.

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Rush hour journeys may affect mental and physical health of commuters

Rush hour journeys may affect mental and physical health of commuters

Economic progress and technological advancements have drastically reduced the drudgery in every part of life, but the persistent problem of shortage of time has engulfed almost every professional across the globe. While trying to fulfill the demands of work and family, a person may feel angry, anxious or frustrated. With soaring cost of living, people tend to work longer hours, putting pressure on their health. Continue reading

Alternative treatments for depression – Part 3: Coping and relaxation techniques

Alternative treatments for depression – Part 3: Coping and relaxation techniques

It is not easy to fight off depression. The additional stress and anxiety that worsen the symptoms of this mental disorder make it more difficult for depressed people to cope with their condition. The most pertinent solution during this period is to adopt strategies that would help ameliorate their condition. Continue reading

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Your little help can stop someone from taking his life

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Your little help can stop someone from taking his life

There could be various reasons for harboring suicidal thoughts, but most of the individuals contemplating suicide either have previous complaints of depression or are reeling under unrelenting agony. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States with nearly 42,773 Americans ending their lives every year. Continue reading

Scientists identify genes responsible for protection against neurodegenerative diseases

Scientists identify genes responsible for protection against neurodegenerative diseases

It is difficult to recover completely from certain disorders pertaining to mind and nervous system. In the pursuit to understand the causes of such diseases and to find their effective treatment, a recent study claimed to have identified the root cause of neurodegenerative diseases. The study, titled “UBQLN2 Mediates Autophagy-Independent Protein Aggregate Clearance by the Proteasome,” is based on the premise that removal of misfolded and aggregated proteins is necessary for survival of cells.

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Combination of medications helps reduce symptoms of ADHD: Study

Combination of medications helps reduce symptoms of ADHD: Study

Children, at times, undergo phases when they are anxious and distraught, which is a normal part of growing up and does not necessarily require treatment. However, parents must take some action when their children persistently behave in a different manner from the others of their age as this could be a sign of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which requires immediate medical attention. Continue reading