Depression and Health

Depression is an extremely common mood disorder that has affected hundreds of millions of people since 1990. While the disorder in itself is a burden, it often comes with more psychological and physical consequences, especially in chronic cases. The relationship between depression and other illnesses is bidirectional. On one hand – depression affects one’s physical well-being, on the other hand, a prolonged physical illness can lead to symptoms of depression.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder or manic depression is a psychiatric condition with uncommon and extreme mood swings, from euphoria to depression. Besides mood, it can also cause trouble with concentration, activity levels, energy, and daily tasks.

Addiction and ADHD

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder, which often prevails throughout an individual’s life. ADHD has various comorbidities, one of them being Substance Abuse (SA). SA is not a disorder but can lead to one – Substance Use Disorder (SUD), in the case of long-term drug consumption leading to dependency, both psychological and physical. Learning about this comorbidity is important, since ADHD is relatively prevalent, as are deaths from substance use and overdose.

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation is a common phenomenon, around 35% of Americans suffer from sleep deprivation according to statistical analysis1. This phenomenon is the cause of not having enough or good quality sleep. It can be a short-term phenomenon and depending on the age the person might need more or fewer hours of sleep. For example, toddlers require up to 14 hours of sleep, while children normally require up to 10 hours of sleep, and adults around 8 hours of sleep.

Depression: Western and Eastern Perspective

Depression is a common affective disorder, and its prevalence is rising in tandem with the worldwide mental health crisis. However, depending on cultural norms and beliefs, its causes may be understood differently. Eastern and Western civilizations are frequently seen as parallel. Western culture is more individualistic, and connected with industrialized countries and technology, whereas Eastern culture is associated with traditionalism and collectivism.

Unhealed Trauma

Chronic trauma results from incidents that have been repetitive such as child abuse, domestic violence, or long-term sexual abuse. Chronic trauma is said to last longer than acute trauma and it can lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder. Common symptoms of this kind of trauma include impaired memory, rage, confusion, fatigue, misperception of one’s environment, sexual avoidance, substance abuse, or violence.

A Potential Sleeping Aid – White Noise

One of the often-used methods for improving sleep quality is white noise. White noise is a sort of monotone sound, hum-like and continuous. It can be heard throughout the day or generated by a particular device, which aids in blocking out other external noise and establishing natural rhythms in the surroundings.

Academic Burnout

Every student has probably experienced study burnout at some point in their life. However not everybody might know about this phenomenon, therefore it might be crucial to explore it and ways to improve study burnout.

Borderline Favorite Person

Relatively recently BPD became popularized on social media, which naturally led to a lot of storytelling and sharing of experiences through different platforms between users. One of the concepts that were coined within the community is a “Favorite Person”. A favorite Person is characterized as someone highly significant to the one with BPD, someone they have an extreme attachment to. It can be a lover, a family member, or a friend – although it could be
anyone who someone with BPD favors at the time.

Reproductive Rights and Women’s Mental Health

People can feel a variety of emotions after an abortion, it can be seen as a natural grieving process. Common responses include feelings of relief, sadness, shame, guilt, or sexual demotivation.