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

Patients’ BMI may be instrumental in treating depression, finds study

Patients’ BMI may be instrumental in treating depression, finds study

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders affecting people worldwide. It is a mood disorder associated with feelings of helplessness and persistent sadness that can leave one irritable and pessimistic about the future. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nearly 300 million people worldwide are affected by depression irrespective of age or gender. In the United States, the lifetime risk of major depression is nearly 17 percent but at any given stage, 3 to 5 percent adults suffer from it, as suggested by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).

The traditional approaches to treating depressive disorders […] Read more