Middle aged women prone to anxiety and depression because of lack of fitness

Middle aged women prone to anxiety and depression because of lack of fitness

When a woman enters her mid-forties, she might start developing mid-life challenges which can be very unsettling. This is the time when women start experiencing changes in the body, face significant life transitions, and sometimes shifts in their value systems which might expose them to a different culture making them highly disoriented and isolated. In particular, physiological degeneration encompassing a decline in bone mineral density (BMD) starts manifesting in this age group. This BMD reduction makes middle-aged women susceptible to developing osteoporosis which might contribute to gait and balance impairments, an increased risk of injury, financial burden, and even a greater risk of mortality. All these changes can ultimately bring out a significant decline in their functional capacity. Read more

Panic attacks aren't fundamentally dangerous: They are body's natural way of coping with potential stress

Panic attacks aren’t fundamentally dangerous: They are body’s natural way of coping with potential stress

Panic attacks typically take place when an individual is under any kind of physical or emotional stress. Around 1 in 7 people usually experience a panic attack at least once in their life and more than half of these individuals are likely to experience repeated incidents of attacks.

It is significant to understand that panic attacks are not fundamentally dangerous. In fact, it is the body’s natural way of responding to potential threats or stress. The effects of stress usually pile up slowly within an individual without their awareness till they actually experience a panic attack. Read more

Selena Gomez opens up about her battle with depression

Selena Gomez opens up about her battle with depression

People with immense wealth, name and fame may seem to be leading the so-called “good life,” devoid of daily stress and any kind of regrets experienced quite frequently by people who do not belong to this category. However, it is not usually true in most of the cases. Like the common masses, even celebrities are not immune to depression. In fact, people in the entertainment industry are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety compared to the general public. There have been many cases of celebrities battling depression, and coming out strong with therapy and faith. Read more

Is there any association between anxiety and dementia?

Is there any association between anxiety and dementia?

While the link between depression and dementia has been well-documented, the relationship between anxiety and dementia has not gained much focus. However, the findings of a Swedish study conducted on twins confirms a definite association between anxiety and dementia. According to the Swedish Adoption Twin Study, people who have a high level of anxiety anytime in their life have a 48 percent increased risk of being demented when they age.

Although several studies have already explored the link between dementia and other mental disorders, such as depression and neuroticism, this study published in the journal Alzheimer’s and Dementia in April 2016 has succeeded in establishing the association between anxiety and dementia, irrespective of depression. Read more

New anxiety medications in development -  Part 2: B-GOS

New anxiety medications in development – Part 2: B-GOS

According to a study,conducted by Clasado BioSciences Limited in association with the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Oxford, prebiotics Bimuno (B-GOS)may prove to be an ideal antianxiety medication. The findings, published in the journal Psychopharmacology,have revealed that B-GOShas an anxiolytic effect on the users. Consequently, reduced levels of reactivity have been witnessed among people. Read more