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Study identifies workplace stress as leading cause of mental disorders in employees

Study identifies workplace stress as leading cause of mental disorders in employees The lives of majority of the working professionals are defined by hectic schedules, strict deadlines, long working hours and lack of proper rest, nutrition and sleep. As a result, most of them end up suffering from mental ailments like stress, anxiety and depression. In this context, a recent Canadian study identified that workplace stress is the leading cause of mental disorders among employees. Nearly 78 percent of the respondents admitted missing work due to their underlying mental disorder, while 68 percent of the employees confessed being able to maintain their optimal performance for less than 70 percent of their workday.…

Staying fit may help combat risk of depression, heart disease in middle age

July 5, 2018 depression

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Staying fit may help combat risk of depression, heart disease in middle age Of all the age groups, middle-aged people have been found to be the least happy, with the lowest levels of life satisfaction and the highest levels of anxiety issues. They are also at a high risk of being diagnosed with depression that may remain undiagnosed for long. While health care practitioners largely rely on antidepressants and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat depression, a recent study has found that staying physically fit can help lower the risk of depression that develops during the middle age, and reduce the chances of heart disease and early death. The study, published in the…

Tyson fury fights toughest battle yet, overcomes depression, drugs and alcohol

June 11, 2018 depression

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Tyson fury fights toughest battle yet, overcomes depression, drugs and alcohol I am living proof that anyone can come back from the brink. -Tyson Luke Fury, former WBA-IBF-WBO world heavyweight champion Professional boxer Tyson Luke Fury had recently admitted to suffering from depression and a drug problem in an interview to BBC Sport, ahead of his comeback fight with Sefer Seferi on June 9, 2018, which he won easily. He revealed how depression led him to abuse substance which he felt was the only coping mechanism at that time. “I woke up every day wishing I would not wake up any more. To subside that depression, other things happened,” he said.…

Reddit helping mentally distressed people improve their written communication

April 24, 2018 depression

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Reddit helping mentally distressed people improve their written communication The effects of social media or virtual addiction on mental health are not only negative, but positive as well. A recent study by researchers at the University of Utah has shown that participation in certain online forums has the potential to enhance the written communication of people who are affected by mental health disorders, such as depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. After studying over 2 million undeleted posts on Reddit, the authors discovered that mentally distressed people with not-so-good communication skills can work on their language impairment. This is the first and unique study to assess real-world written communication difficulties…

‘Supermarket Sweep’ star Dale Winton’s tryst with depression ends with his death

April 20, 2018 depression

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‘Supermarket Sweep’ star Dale Winton’s tryst with depression ends with her death The British television fraternity has lost one of its brightest stars. The 62-year-old television and radio presenter, Dale Winton, was found dead at his north London apartment on April 18, 2018. Best known for hosting shows “Supermarket Sweep” and the “Nation Lottery: In It To Win It,” the news of Winton’s death was confirmed by his long-term agent. The police is investigating the star’s sudden death but has ruled out any suspicion. Winton had a cheerful persona and was loved for his dazzling smile and genuine warmth. But behind the cheerful façade, there was a dark side. Winton was suffering…

World Health Day: Living in leafy neighborhoods can curb stress and depression, says study

April 6, 2018 depression

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World Health Day: Living in leafy neighborhoods can curb stress and depression, says study Living in green neighborhoods can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety to a great extent, according to an observation made by a group of researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Hong Kong (HKU). Their study is the first-of-its-kind to use high-resolution aerial photography in acquiring new outlook about the streets of 10 cities in England, Wales and Scotland. The research paper titled “Residential greenness and prevalence of major depressive disorders: a cross-sectional, observational, associational study of 94879 adult UK Biobank participants,”  published in April 2018, explored the positive effect of natural environment in reducing stress, boosting mental health and…

Poverty, mother’s suicide bid and shattered dreams led ‘The Rock’ to depression

April 6, 2018 depression

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Poverty, mother’s suicide bid and shattered dreams led ‘The Rock’ to depression For those who think Hollywood is all about glitz and glamour, it is time to think again. In the latest confession by one of the top Hollywood celebrities, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson opened up about his battle with depression and how it left him “devastated and crying constantly.” In a recent interview with The Express, the 45-year-old star said that the darkest time of his life was when he “didn’t want to do a thing” or “go anywhere”. Talking about his depression, Johnson acknowledged that the “struggle and pain was real” and it left him “devastated”. According to Johnson, his…

Internet-based treatment for depression effective in short term only, finds study

Internet-based treatment for depression effective in short term only, finds study Mental health experts advise a holistic treatment for major depression by including medications and psychological support to those affected by the condition. The combined treatment method helps prevent relapse in patients. However, some experts suggest an alternative method — internet-based version of preventive cognitive therapy (PCT) – to prevent worsening of depressive symptoms or relapse. Now, a recent study suggested that mobile cognitive therapy (MCT), which is internet-based version of PCT, is effective in preventing relapse in individuals with depression in short term only. In the study, a group of researchers tried to find if the provision of cognitive therapy…

Phone-administered psychotherapy reduces depressive symptoms in rural adults with HIV, finds study

February 7, 2018 depression

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Phone-administered psychotherapy reduces depressive symptoms in rural adults with HIV, finds study Residents of rural areas account for 5-7 percent of all individuals suffering from HIV in the United States.  Rural people living with HIV (PLHIV) have a 1.3 time higher likelihood of receiving a diagnosis for depression than PLHIV in urban areas. Such individuals also experience increased suicide ideation and loneliness, and face difficulty in accessing health care services and social support. A high prevalence of depression and loneliness among rural PLHIV is associated with faster disease progression and higher rates of mortality. Although interpersonal psychotherapy is a common treatment for depression, a new study from the University of Georgia (UGA)…

Fidel Castro’s eldest son ‘Fidelito’ commits suicide after battling deep depression

Fidel Castro’s eldest son ‘Fidelito’ commits suicide after battling deep depression “I think that a man should not live beyond the age when he begins to deteriorate, when the flame that lighted the brightest moment of his life has weakened.” These words from late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro possibly came true in the case of his own son, although in a tragic way. Cuban state-run media reported that Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, Castro’s eldest son, committed suicide on Feb. 1, 2018 after having undergone treatment for depression for several months. While Castro Diaz-Balart was initially hospitalized for his treatment, he later continued it as an outpatient. He was reportedly being attended…
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