Diet and depression: Is there a link?

Diet and depression: Is there a link?

Although people are aware that diet affects one’s physical health and deficiency of the key nutrients negatively impacts physical indices, such as weight, body mass index (BMI), heartbeat rate, bone density, etc., there only few who are aware of the connection between nutrition and mental health.

Since mental disorders have been invariably associated with emotions and other biochemical changes in the brain, there has been less emphasis on understanding the role of nutrition in safeguarding mental health. Some of the key factors, such as poor appetite, skipping meals and cravings for sweet food, can play havoc on one’s mental health.

The deficiency […] Read more

Understanding the link between sleep deprivation and depression

Understanding the link between sleep deprivation and depression

Most adults need seven or more hours of sleep and those who claim to get on with fewer hours of sleep are only deceiving themselves. One may not get enough sleep because of a range of reasons, such as the prevalence of a mental disorder, working overnight or on a rotating shift, unemployment or stress at a job, traveling between different time zones, etc.

Since sleep plays a vital role in the maintenance of good health and well-being, sleep deprivation is dangerous to both physical and mental health. In fact, the deficiency of sleep has the potential to impair a person’s […] Read more

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