Two faces of depression: Effects of maternal depression on mothers and children

Two faces of depression: Effects of maternal depression on mothers and children

Maternal depression has been associated with serious risks for the development of a child’s emotional and mental health. Featuring prominently in the list of the most common mental health disorders, depression is highly prevalent among women of childbearing age. In fact, it is recognized as a devastating public health concern that not only affects mothers but also children.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighted that nearly one in nine women is affected by depression before, during and after pregnancy. Afflicted by depression, the agonizing symptoms of maternal depression causes debilitating health issues that have the potential to impair […] Read more

Prevalence of mental disorders among student athletes

Prevalence of mental disorders among student athletes

Being mentally ill is not a choice. Anyone can be afflicted with a mental disorder irrespective of age, gender or social circumstances. While genes, brain chemistry, economic hardships and culture do play an important role in affecting mental health, other factors, including stress about academic performance, peer pressure, financial and social insecurity, family dispute, and the need to live up to one’s identity affect teens and young adults to a great extent. Their health problems often go unnoticed and the stigma attached to mental disorders reduce their chances of opening up and getting support. Student athletes, who are constantly under […] Read more

Researchers use machine learning to diagnose depression

Researchers use machine learning to diagnose depression

Depression is the leading contributing factor to disability worldwide with more than 300 million people across the globe suffering from it, highlights the World Health Organization (WHO). Over 15 million American adults, amounting to 6.7 percent of the U.S. population suffers from depression, as reported by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). Though it is a treatable condition, it ends up compromising many vital years of one’s life. Therefore, predicting one risk of developing depression can be useful in controlling the onset of this most common mental health disorder.

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