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Overcoming deal breakers in relationship for sound mental health

Companionship is a natural desire. However, it is a fact that any relationship cannot just be a bed of roses. It is natural for the love and respect shared between two persons in a relationship to be replaced by resentment and disappointment. These developments do not happen overnight and take time to become deal breakers. Many a time, two people secretly start disliking each other over certain issues, but avoid confronting each other for the fear of getting into an ugly spat. Thus, the unresolved issues pile up over a period that might affect not only the relationship but even the mental health of the couple. Read more

Tips to silence suicidal thoughts and face life

“Death is life’s way of telling you are fired. Suicide is your way of telling life you quit.”

—Anonymous

According to the data published by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), suicide is one of the leading causes of death, currently placed at the tenth position, preceded by debilitating physical and mental illnesses. Nearly 44,000, Americans commit suicide every year and it causes a humongous economic burden on the nation, amounting to approximately $51 billion annually. Read more

Risks associated with early teen dating

Gone are the days when people would spend weeks, months and sometimes years in expressing their love to someone. Today, things have changed. The advent of high-speed communication, particularly those hand-held devices that give access to innumerable dating apps, are only adding a new buzz in the dating world, especially for the teens. Read more

PCOS Awareness Month: How PCOS is related to mental health

PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome is one of the most commonly reported causes of infertility in women. The symptoms of this disorder are manifested as hirsutism, excessive androgen, absent or infrequent ovulation and menstruation, facial and body acne. In addition, women with PCOS struggle with many mental health disorders like anxiety and depression.

Since this disorder is engulfing more and more women, the month of September is observed as PCOS Awareness Month to disseminate awareness and promote research, diagnostic and management methods. Read more

Getting to understand different types of cognitive distortions

Cognitive distortions are simply the way people use their mind to convince themselves of something, which in reality might not be true. It is just a way of conditioning or preparing the mind so that one does not feel bad about himself/herself. People often believe that their thoughts are rational and accurate, but in reality, these are generally negative and might lead to unwarranted outcomes. Read more