Mental health news

Predicting bipolar depression

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The confusion in diagnosing bipolar depression and the inadvertent medication induced manic switch can be largely avoided henceforth. Thanks to the work of physicians at Loyola medicine, distinguishing between major depressive disorder and bipolar depression could be as simple as getting an ECG done! This will prevent misdiagnoses that could trigger a manic episode due…

A brain scan to identify suicidal individuals

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Suicidal risk is very difficult to accurately predict and is often a troubling concern for mental health professionals and caretakers alike. Suicide is one of the leading causes of preventable death in young people, and if detected early, suicidal intent can be managed effectively. Marcel Just of Carnegie Mellon University and his colleagues developed an approach…

Self esteem and social media – An important lesson

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Social media is all pervasive, omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient.  Would you believe me if I told you, a group of scientists have used "likes" to explain what makes one's self-esteem go up and down. A number of factors contribute to one's self-esteem ranging from academic success to the size of one's tummy.  Despite the infinite…

What does #me too mean?

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Have you noticed a lot of #me too's on facebook, twitter and almost every other form of social media? Here we delve into what it means and what got it started. What is the #MeToo hashtag and why is it so popular? It started with an audio clip with a distressed Ambra Guitterez. Producer Harvey Weinstein was…

You would be surprised to know how unhappy India is !

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For those of you who aren't aware, a few people out there  keep a constant eye on your happiness. They record it, study it and even propose ways to improve it. Those people at the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network publish a world happiness report, every year. Can you guess where India ranked in…