The popularity of Instagram makes it a valuable resource for mental health support, especially for women.
To combat the lack of resources for women’s mental health, women turn to the popular image-sharing network Instagram for access to information about mental health.
Unequal access to preventive resources such as healthy foods, a family doctor, health screening and health promotion programs put some groups at increased risk for chronic illness.
While the pandemic has focused the world’s attention on how to prevent infectious disease, many of the lessons learned from COVID-19 prevention can also be applied to chronic disease prevention.
Over-activity in the brain’s subgenual anterior cingulate cortex is likely to be one cause of depression and anxiety.
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This brain region also shows how effective certain treatments will be.
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Kanye West’s recent outbursts have shone a spotlight on his struggles with bipolar disorder. The condition involves alternating periods of intense mania and severe depression.
Kanye West at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, California, in April 2019.
Are high profile celebrities trivialising bipolar disorder by linking it to creativity?
People with depression experience symptoms that affect their mood, cognitive function and physical health.
Understanding of depression has advanced significantly since the first diagnostic criteria were introduced in the 1980s, but we still lack clear consensus on how this mental disorder should be explained.
Ketamine is effective for those who do not respond to traditional anti-depressants. It also shows promise for the treatment of PTSD and bipolar disorder.
Research shows that ketamine can produce long-term reductions in symptoms of treatment-resistant depression.
New research sheds more light on the link between sugar and mood disorders.
Our mood is a transient frame of mind that influences how we think and view the world.
Many regions fundamental to mood are buried deep in the most primordial parts of the brain; that is, they are thought to have been among the first brain regions to develop in the human species.
For years, we’ve known that brain activity can affect our gut.
Could it be that in some cases, changes in the gut are actually driving mood disorders rather than the other way around? Mounting evidence suggests this is likely to be the case.
A child from a special care centre in Cape Town celebrating international kite day. In South Africa mental health services are not a priority.
While the global health community has made mental healthcare a priority, South Africa is not following suite. The impact is felt most acutely by poor people suffering from mental health disorders.
You may find yourself talking to a therapist who is completely inappropriate to your needs.
People seeking therapy should always talk to a practitioner who provides good quality treatment that’s appropriate to their needs. Because research shows that even the innocuous-sounding “talking therapies…