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

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