Feeling depressed? Ask Google

Feeling depressed? Ask Google

Using its smart analytics, Google is trying to help people who repeatedly search for “depression” or “clinical depression” on mobile phones in an attempt to find answers to what they feel. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and considering that a record number of people live with clinical depression, this new initiative, in collaboration with the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), is seen as an effective step in the right direction. It would help those having apprehension about low moods being more than a case of passing blues arrive at a definitive conclusion.

Mary Giliberti, chief executive officer […] Read more

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