Mental Health

WATCH: 3 Powers to Beautify your life forever | Swami Abhedananda

Swami Abhedananda - Chinmaya Mission SA

This is an inspirational short video excerpt of Swami Abhedananda from the Chinmaya Mission, South Africa. There comes many instances in life when we come across certain people or incidents or actions which make us feel small and suffocated. What is it that we need to have to develop an inner power and strength to remain afresh, alive and alert in such circumstances? Find out your answers in a nutshell in this 4-mins short video of Swami Abhedanandaji. Chinmaya Mission South Africa Ramayana: Chinmaya Mission Durban

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Exhaustion and the Bachelor Life can lead to heart attacks for men


The findings of new research suggests that men who experience vital exhaustion, are at a higher risk of having a heart attack. This risk of exhaustion linked with myocardial infarction was particularly pronounced in divorced, widowed, and men who never got married. The study was presented at ESC Acute CardioVascular Care 2021, which is an online scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “Vital exhaustion refers to excessive fatigue, feelings of demoralisation and increased irritability,” said study author Dr. Dmitriy Panov of the Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation. “It is thought to be a response to intractable problems in people’s lives, particularly when they are unable to adapt to prolonged exposure to psychological stressors.” This study examined the relationship between vital exhaustion and the risk of myocardial infarction in men with no history of cardiovascular …

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Stroke survivors are more likely to attempt suicide

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A new research has found that stroke survivors may be more likely to attempt or die by suicide than people who have not had a stroke. The findings of the research will be presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2021. The virtual meeting will be held between March 17-19, 2021. This study will be simultaneously published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke. Rates of depression among stroke survivors range from 28 per cent to 35 per cent, and stroke is considered an independent risk factor for depression. Since depression after a stroke has been associated with increased suicidal thoughts, researchers sought to quantify and understand the risk of suicide after stroke. “Recognizing that stroke may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts will help stroke survivors, their families, and health care professionals to identify …

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Women were more unhappy during covid pandemic


A recent study found that during the COVID-19 pandemic women, especially mothers, spent more time on tasks such as childcare and household chores than men. In turn, time spent completing household chores was linked to lower well-being and unhappiness during the pandemic. The authors of the study were Laura M. Giurgea, Ashley V. Whillansb, and Ayse Yemiscigilc. The findings of the study were published in the journal PNAS. The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered how people spend time, with possible consequences for subjective well-being. Using diverse samples from the United States, Canada, Denmark, Brazil, and Spain (n = 31,141), following a preregistered analytic plan, and employing both mega- and meta-analyses, the researchers found consistent gender differences in time spent on necessities. During the pandemic, women, especially mothers, spent more time on tasks such as childcare and household chores. To the …

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7 signs your loved one may be battling with depression

Depression is not always obvious. Depression is not always the result of a traumatic past or a chaotic present. Depression can also masquerade as something else – as a lack of interest in your partner, your job, or your own self. A highly misunderstood illness, depression is more than just feeling a bit blue on a Monday Morning. Signs of Depression often goes unrecognised and undiagnosed. Not all symptoms of depression occur at once, but an open eye and a welcoming shoulder can lead the one tussling to a significant road of recovery – Good Times The 7 signs of Depression 1. They just seem a little off 2. They have isolated themselves 3. They cannot sleep 4. They aren’t eating well 5. They are irritable more often 6. Their negative thoughts overshadow the positive thoughts 7. They have lost …

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Unstable career and workplace can lead to future mental health problems in youth

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The findings of a new study conducted by researchers from the Center for Research in Occupational Health suggests that a precarious, unstable initiation by young people towards working life is associated with poorer mental health in the future. The research published in the journal BMJ Open was authored by Amaya Ayala-Garcia, Laura Serra, and Monica Ubalde-Lopez and was conducted by the Center for Research in Occupational Health (CISAL, a joint group of UPF and the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute) in Barcelona, Spain. Since the 1990s, Spain has been among the European countries with the lowest employment rates, which are accentuated in the young active population. Moreover, in 2017, Spain had the highest proportion of temporary contracts and one of the highest rates of precariousness. Previous studies show that unemployment, temporary employment, and job insecurity are related to a …

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Frustration can be an additional cause of addictions

A new study focused has found that frustration could be an additional factor in substance use disorders. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Psychopharmacology’. A team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB), which focused on drug addiction research, has pioneered a new way to study frustration as a factor in substance use disorders. Traditional addiction research has focused on three aspects of substance use disorders: craving, impulsivity, or habit. Scientists hypothesized that a fourth factor, frustration, could also lead to an escalation of drug use and addiction. The study noted that research into the role of frustration and substance use disorders is sparse, but a number of studies suggest that persons with substance use disorders have lower frustration tolerance. Studies have shown that sensitivity to frustration correlates with relapse among those with …

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High income can predict feelings of pride and confidence

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Individuals with higher wages will, in general, feel prouder, more sure, confident and less apprehensive than individuals with lower wages, yet not necessarily more compassionate, caring or cherishing, as indicated by research distributed by the American Psychological Association. In a study of data from 162 countries, researchers found consistent evidence that higher income predicts whether people feel more positive “self-regard emotions,” including confidence, pride and determination. Lower-income had the opposite effect, and predicted negative self-regard emotions, such as sadness, fear and shame. The research was published online in the journal Emotion. The findings were similar in both high-income countries and developing countries, said lead researcher Eddie M.W. Tong, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at the National University of Singapore. “The effects of income on our emotional well-being should not be underestimated,” he said. “Having more money can inspire confidence …

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Tunes in the car: why music is a must for young drivers


Driving is “absolutely impossible” without music, suggested the findings of a new study led by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers. The novel study was published in the journal Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain. “To young drivers 18-29, music in the car isn’t just entertainment, it’s part of their autosphere whether they’re alone or not,” said Prof. Warren Brodsky, director of the BGU Music Science Lab in the Department of the Arts. “They are so used to constant stimulation and absorbing great amounts of information throughout the day, that they don’t question how the type of tunes they play might affect concentration, induce aggressive behavior, or cause them to miscalculate risky situations,” added Brodsky. “As the fastest growing research university in Israel, BGU provides studies that give us great insight into the causes and effects of human behavior,” said …

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Happy childhood? No guarantee for good mental health..

While it’s widely known that a difficult childhood could increase the likelihood of mental illness, a new suggested that a happy and secure childhood does not always protect a child from developing a mental illness later in life. The findings of the study were published in the journal titled ‘Current Psychology’. Conducted in partnership with the University of Canberra, the study examined how early childhood experiences relate to different developmental pathways, and how these might be associated with poor mental health. Given that both positive and negative childhood experiences were found to manifest as anxiety or other mental health disorders into adulthood, researchers believed that it is our ability to adapt – or rather not adapt – to unexpected scenarios that might be influencing mental health. In Australia, almost 50 per cent of the population will experience mental illness at …

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