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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…

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Meeting mental health needs of human trafficking survivors

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Meeting mental health needs of human trafficking survivors Human trafficking is a global problem. The 2016 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), highlighted that “victims are trafficked along a multitude of trafficking flows; within countries, between neighboring countries or even across different continents.” The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) defines human trafficking as a “crime that involves exploiting a person for labor, services, or commercial sex.” According to the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC), a part of the DOJ, the physical and psychological abuse experienced by human trafficking victims…

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…

Anti-inflammatory drugs may help treat depressive symptoms, says British scientist

A Cambridge University scientist has linked depression to a physical illness, caused by a defective immune system. Professor Ed Bullmore, a psychiatry expert, has compared depression with the low mood individuals often feel when they are down with a virus like flu and said that it can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications. Bullmore said there is a strong association between inflammation and depression, The Telegraph reported. Therefore, neuroimmunology can help understand the development of depressive symptoms as well as in finding best treatment alternatives to deal with the problem. Neuroimmunology involves the study of the interaction of neuroscience and immunology.…

Late sleeping may cause depression in diabetic women, says research

Stressful lives, hectic work hours, erratic schedules, busy lives, and no time to take care of oneself. That accurately sums up the life of the average working individual in today’s world, with tensions running high and pressure governing lives. In such stressful environs, it is easy to contract diseases and infections if one isn’t careful enough. A new study has found that women who suffer from type 2 diabetes and have a habit of sleeping late, may end up with symptoms of depression. The probability of depressive symptoms in them is higher than the women who have relatively a set…

World Health Day: Do wobbly skyscrapers trigger depression?

Working in a plush new office in a swanky, uptown business district is something that everybody dreams of. Even the coveted Fortune 500 companies ensure that they are comfortably perched atop an 80-storey skyscraper, just to let the intimidating factor set in. Come to think of it, having an office in a tall skyscraper is a symbol of success, power and wealth. However, since the 1970s, the technique of building skyscrapers has changed. The column space has increased and the floor slabs have become thinner and comparatively lighter. Skyscrapers built like this are unable to absorb the vibrations as well…

Beware! Insomnia may spike suicidal thoughts

It is common to have occasional sleep issues but pulling it through in the long run and adopting it in daily life can be dangerous. About one-third of a person’s life is spent in sleeping, according to an old study, titled “Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem.” Therefore, sleep is an essential component, without which the body cannot function properly. Sleeping helps the brain in processing information and enhancing memories. During sleep, the body undergoes through several complex mechanisms. Just like eating, drinking or breathing, a proper sleep plays an important role in maintaining a sound…

World Bipolar Day: Quality of life, functionality and comorbidities in bipolar disorder

People struggling with bipolar disorder experience a major shift in mood, energy and activity levels on a day-to-day basis to an extent that it starts affecting their daily lives. The impact of bipolar disorder can be severe, with some even contemplating suicide or thinking of ways to harm themselves. These severe shifts can have a debilitating impact on an individual’s quality of life (QoL). Nearly 3 percent adult population of the United States is afflicted with bipolar disorder or manic depressive disorder (MDD) as per the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that at…

Police officers trained to deal with mentally ill people

Police officers are the first responders for any mental health exigencies, and very often, the only immediate support service. As a consequence, they are forced to act not only as law enforcers but also as psychiatric social workers, for which they lack the essential training. Keeping this in mind, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has facilitated mental health first aid training to be given to all its officers.

Can nature walks reduce depressive symptoms?

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Depression, a mental illness that is characterized by persistent low mood or loss of interest in pleasurable life activities, can be accompanied by poor mental function, insomnia, fatigue and feeling of low self-esteem. Major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in 2015, more than 16 million people aged 18 years or older in the U.S. had…
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