Months before suicide, August Ames narrated her trauma of sexual abuse as child

Months before suicide, August Ames narrated her trauma of sexual abuse as child

Mental disorders do not discriminate. Anybody, irrespective of age, gender or social status, can suffer from a mental health problem. However, owing to the stigma attached to it, very few talk about it or even seek treatment. Porn star August Ames, who reportedly committed suicide in December 2017, was one of the few personalities who have talked about their struggles with various mental conditions.

Just three months before her death, Ames had opened up about her struggle with bipolar, depression and multiple personality disorder. She also talked about the trauma of sexual abuse that she experienced during her childhood. In a podcast interview, Ames narrated her memories of the sexual assault that caused her depression and became the trigger for bipolar disorder and multiple personality disorder. Read more

Weight lifting may have mental health benefits

Weight lifting may have mental health benefits

Regular exercise is known to be an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. It not only helps people in maintaining their shape and weight, but also lowers the risk of developing various diseases, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension, etc. Moreover, exercise plays a pivotal role in improving one’s cardiovascular health and bone density.

Exercise also assists in sustaining a sense of mental well-being. In fact, it is hailed as a powerful antidepressant that comes without the baggage of side effects witnessed in the case of the common antidepressants.   Read more

Writing: A teenage girl’s way of dealing with mental illness

Writing: A teenage girl’s way of dealing with mental illness

Jennifer Yu was like any other 17-year old teenage girl. She performed consistently well in her studies and was quite active in school extracurricular activities, but at some point in life, a part of her felt that something was not right. With all the achievements and good times with her friends, she remained unhappy. She was anxious about doing a new task and didn’t expect any support or appreciation. She feared her classmates and other people would find out what she was experiencing. As a teen, she suffered from depression and anxiety and never had the courage to disclose to anyone. Read more

Things you need to know about your depressed wife

Things you need to know about your depressed wife

Women are two times more likely than men to suffer from depression due to a combination of genetic, social and biological factors, with poor economic background, low-income levels, menstruation, child-rearing, menopause and marital discordance being the major contributors. Some of the other factors that may put women at a higher risk for depression include stress at work or at home, social isolation, giving birth to multiples (like twins or triplets), difficulty getting pregnant, being a young mom, losing a baby, giving birth to a disabled baby, preterm labor, and pregnancy and/or birth complications. Read more

Risk of suicides highest among older men with co-occurring disorders, finds study

Risk of suicides highest among older men with co-occurring disorders, finds study

A team of researchers from the School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia, Perth, recently conducted a study exploring the risk of suicide among people, especially men, of advanced age. Findings of the study, which were published in the journal Preventive Medicine in December 2016, shows that the risk of suicide is the highest among elderly Australian men suffering from more than one co-occurring disorder. Read more