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‘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…

Effective ways to combat negative body image

effective-ways-to-combat-negative-body-image Body dissatisfaction, a predominant problem among women, is associated with a range of psychosocial difficulties and disorders like body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), eating disorders and severe depression. The problem of body dissatisfaction varies from the mild feeling of unattractiveness to extreme preoccupation with one’s physical appearance that impairs functioning and social behavior in daily life. Compared to males, women and adolescent girls are more conscious about their body due to the social status attached to their appearance. They consider their body size, much like their weight, as a decisive element of their personality. Due to their obsession for becoming slender…

HIV virus affects vital parts of brain linked with reward circuit and cognitive skills, finds study

Diagnosis of a chronic disease like AIDS is enough to increase the stress level and make existing depressive symptoms worse. Once detected, a person is not only bound to undergo lifelong treatment, but also has to face the inevitable stigma and discrimination that comes along. In case of HIV-infected individuals, depression can weaken the body’s defense mechanism and increase mortality rate. Hitherto, individuals diagnosed with HIV infection or AIDS were known to suffer from chronic depressive symptoms, but it was unclear whether the mental agony was the result of the physical illness or if HIV could have a direct effect…

Depression increases risk of men’s premature death by up to three times, suggests study

November 20, 2017 depression

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Depression increases risk of men’s premature death by up to three times, suggests study Depression, one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States and a leading cause of disability globally, affects people of all ages, be it children, adults or elderly. In midlife or older adults, the condition can occur simultaneously with other serious illnesses like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Untreated depression can lead to comorbid mental illnesses, recurrent occurrences and higher suicide risk. Past research showed an increased risk of mortality not only in instances of major depression but also in subclinical forms of the disorder. A recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) in October…

World Mental Health Day: 1 hour of exercise a week can help prevent depression, finds study

October 10, 2017 depression

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Depression is a common mental problem affecting millions across the world. Though the disorder is treatable with timely medical intervention, it is better to prevent it. Now, a recent study, titled “Exercise and the Prevention of Depression: Results of the HUNT Cohort Study,” has suggested that an hour of regular exercise in a week can reduce the risk of future depression. The researchers examined 33,908 Norwegian adults whose levels of exercise and signs of depression and anxiety were analyzed over a period of 11 years. The study, published online in the American Journal of Psychiatry in October 2017, revealed that…
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