3 conditions that may contribute to anxiety and depression in women

3 conditions that may contribute to anxiety and depression in women

Depression and anxiety may affect anybody but women are more vulnerable to it, in fact twice as likely as men. About one in 10 women aged 18-44 years in the United States experienced symptoms of major depression in the past year, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Women also stand a higher chance of being afflicted with panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and phobias. A combination of genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors are held responsible for the same. Read more

People with ulcerative colitis prone to depression

People with ulcerative colitis prone to depression

It can be a rattling experience to be diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), such as ulcerative colitis (more common in men) and Crohn’s disease (more common in women) as these diseases are not curable in nature. Moreover, these diseases are closely associated with mental illnesses, such as anxiety and depression.   Read more

Inhibition of GLO1 enzyme may help treat depression, says study

Inhibition of GLO1 enzyme may help treat depression, says study

People with depression usually take antidepressants to get relief from the symptoms of the mental disorder such as incessant sadness or persistent hopelessness. However, medicines do not have the same kind of effect on all patients – in some instances, the impact may be too slow than anticipated. While looking for an alternative and more effective way to treat depression, researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine recently revealed that impeding enzyme Glyoxalase 1 (GLO1) can help alleviate symptoms of the disorder in mice. Read more

Importance of living a happy and stress-free life

Importance of living a happy and stress-free life

Mental health problems are a taboo in every society. The discrimination associated with mental disorders, owing to the stigma surrounding them, often prevents one from opening up freely about their condition. However, the secret of leading a happy and successful life lies in fighting the prevailing stigma and emancipating oneself from the consequences of serious mental health conditions. Read more

Coming to America: Mental perils of Afghan refugees

Coming to America: Mental perils of Afghan refugees

Life in the United States has proved to be a constant struggle for Afghan refugees after being awarded Special Immigrant Visa (SIV). The SIV is awarded to people for services rendered to the coalition forces in the war. But when these refugees discover that their credentials do not count in the U.S. and they must start over, these well-qualified people often feel lost.

With many of these people being doctors, engineers and translators in their homelands, starting a new life in an unfamiliar territory in bug-infested apartments with minimum-wage jobs and lack of understanding of U.S. culture is taking a toll on their mental health. They are now dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, panic attacks and other health problems. Read more