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Anxiety Matters

 By Zara Maqbool   In the last few months, I have come across many people who complain of suffering from anxiety. A few of my clients have a similar issue complaining about anxiety that ranges from general anxiety without any distinct manifestation, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorders, phobias, social anxiety or any that comes post a…

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PMD warns Karachi of another heatwave

KARACHI: Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) forecast another heatwave for Karachi from Thursday to Sunday. PMD stated a deep depression is forming up over the Bay of Bengal which is likely to intensify into a tropical storm or possibly a Category 1 cyclone in the next 24 to 48 hours. The weather department further stated that…

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Anxiety and depression among UK workers up nearly a third in four years, figures show

NEWS DESK: Anxiety and depression among workers in the UK has hit a record high, rising by nearly a third in the last four years, new figures reveal, reported The Independent. Research by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), seen exclusively by The Independent, shows that rates of moderate to extreme anxiety and depression among…

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An hour of exercise a week can kill depression

ISLAMABAD: Researchers have found that just one hour of exercise every week can help prevent depression. The results, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, showed that people of all ages can gain mental health benefits from even small amounts of exercise. The analysis involved 33,908 Norwegian adults who had their levels of exercise and…

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Ketamine has ‘truly remarkable’ effect on depression, reveals study

NEWS DESK: Ketamine can have a ‘truly remarkable’ effect on people with depression, researchers have said after a new study showed promising results among elderly patients, reported The Independent. Colleen Loo, a professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia, led the world’s first randomised control trial into the drug’s effect on people…

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Why is depression bad? Study reveals

ISLAMABAD: Depression can change the structure of your brain, according to a recent study. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow used a cutting-edge technique known as diffusion tensor imaging to map the structure of white matter, according to the report. The study of more than 3,000 people, could help in the…

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Surge in sex-change operations in Delhi

NEW DELHI: There is a waiting list of five at central Delhi’s Lok Nayak Hospital. The number may not seem large for a surgical procedure but doctors say, compared with the past, it is nothing short of a surge. The procedure in question is a sex-change operation and its growing demand in the city suggests…

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World Health Day: WHO urges world to speak out on depression

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on individuals and communities to speak out about depression and to fight the stigma surrounding it. The slogan for World Health Day being marked on Friday is “Depression: let’s talk”. Talking about depression helps break down stigma and encourages more people to seek help. Currently, more than 300…

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Teen depression — a reality of society

By Maha Shakil In the present world, depression in under-age people in our society has become a reality and this is one of the most alarming facts, which is getting common among youngsters. It’s not unusual for young people to experience the blues or feel down in the dumps occasionally; adolescence is always an unsettling…

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Does depression boost the risk of cancer death

PARIS: People who are frequently depressed or anxious may run a higher risk of dying from certain types of cancer, researchers said on Thursday.

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Does depression boost the risk of cancer death?

PARIS: People who are frequently depressed or anxious may run a higher risk of dying from certain types of cancer, researchers said on Thursday. Medical records of more than 160,000 adults in England and Wales showed that those describing themselves as psychologically distressed were more likely to succumb to cancer, especially of the colon, prostate…

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Mother’s depression may affect kid’s brain development

ISLAMABAD: Depressive symptoms in women during and after pregnancy are linked to reduced thickness of the cortex the outer layer of the brain responsible for complex thought and behaviour in preschool-age kids, said a new study. According to researchers,”our findings underscore the importance of monitoring and supporting mental health in mothers not just in the…

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Depression can make surviving breast cancer difficult: research

COPENHAGEN: Women with a history of depression may have lower survival odds with breast cancer than patients without past mental health problems, research in Denmark suggests. In the study of more than 45,000 women with early-stage breast malignancies, 13 percent of patients previously treated with antidepressants died within five years of their cancer diagnosis, compared…

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Internet addiction may up risk of depression, anxiety

ISLAMABAD: Excessive use of Internet may significantly increase the risk of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, especially among college-going students, a study has found. The findings showed that individuals with Internet addiction had more trouble dealing with their day-to-day activities, including life at home, at work/school and in social settings. They had…

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Belgium gets world’s biggest pickled brain collection

BRUSSELS: A new collection in the psychiatric hospital of Duffel in the north of Belgium makes for a ghoulish sight: around 3,000 preserved brains that were originally saved by a British doctor. The collection of frontal lobes, hippocampi and other key parts of the brain floating in formaldehyde or fixed in paraffin will be used…

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Facebook launches tools to help people sharing suicidal feelings online

Facebook recently updated an important tool designed to help users support friends expressing suicidal thoughts and behavior. The product, now available to every Facebook user, dispels the pervasive and dangerous myth that people who experience suicidal feelings are beyond help while also showing bystanders exactly how they can make a difference. Though Facebook is the…

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China, India face huge mental health burden

PARIS: China and India are home to more than a third of people with mental illness, but only a tiny fraction of them receive medical help, according to studies released Wednesday. There are more people in the world’s two most populous nations coping with mental, neurological and substance use problems than in all high-income countries…

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Worsening depression may be dementia cue: study

PARIS: People over 54 who suffer from steadily-worsening depression may run a higher risk of developing dementia, according to new research published Saturday that suggested it may be an early symptom. Other types of depression, such as one-off or recurring episodes, did not appear to pose a similar threat. “Only the group whose symptoms of…

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Investing in mental health care boosts economies: WHO

WASHINGTON DC: Investing in care for mental health can have a fourfold return on productivity and better results at work, a study led by World Health Organization (WHO) argued. The study, called ‘Scaling-up Treatment of Depression and Anxiety: A Global Return on Investment Analysis‘, was published in The Lancet Psychiatry on April 13, 2016, said a WHO…

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Light therapy reduces depression in cancer survivors

ISLAMABAD: Light therapy — exposure to artificial light– can decrease depressive symptoms and normalise circadian rhythms among cancer survivors, according to new study. “Depressive symptoms are common among cancer survivors’ even years after treatment has ended,” said Heiddis Valdimarsdottir from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, US. “This interferes with overall quality of life…

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Setting aggressive targets for hypertension saves lives: report

WASHINGTON: Treatment for high blood pressure that goes above and beyond what was previously recommended can significantly reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and even death, preliminary results from a US study showed Friday. The research, which applies to adults age 50 and older, showed that risk of heart attack, heart failure and stroke was reduced…

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