Checking hormone levels prior to deployment may help predict PTSD risk in soldiers, finds study

It is normal to get perturbed after experiencing a life-threatening event or extreme trauma. But when this traumatic stress continues to exist for a long time in the form of flashbacks, anger outbursts, isolation and avoidance, it could be the sign of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). When it comes to soldiers, who are always at risk of death or injury, PTSD can be a serious issue and calls for immediate medical help. Read more

National PTSD Awareness Month: PTSD following traumatic childbirth can lead to long-lasting repercussions

Many people consider post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a mental health condition which affects people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a terrorist attack, war, natural calamity, sexual assault, accident or other mishaps. A large majority of people, including doctors, may not be familiar with a less common, but equally debilitating occurrence of PTSD due to traumatic childbirth. Read more

Psilocybin relieves anxiety and depression in advanced cancer patients

Cancer is one of those diseases that cripples hope and kills the patient’s will to live. Probably, that is the reason why with cancer comes anxiety and depression. A study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology  in December 2016, reported clinically significant anxiety and/or depressive symptoms are prevalent among 30-40 percent patients in hospital settings. Furthermore, these symptoms have detrimental effects on the overall treatment outcome due to problems like medication non-adherence, poor quality of life, reduced social activity, increased pain, higher medical costs, increased disability, increased desire for hastened death, hopelessness, increased rates of suicide and decreased survival rates. Read more

Depression and anxiety may not be lifelong afflictions

Most people living with depression and anxiety live under the threat that these disorders will torment them for life. However, the truth is that both the disorders are curable provided right treatment and support are available, coupled with self-care. Holistic treatments that administer medications, psychotherapies, experiential therapies like yoga and equine therapy and a recovery management plan often help a person to get rid of his or her anxious and depressive episodes. Read more