She held her head up high and smiled to every flashing camera but who would have known that she was struggling on the inside. Last year in June, the fashion designer Kate Spade was found hanged at her New York flat after leaving a suicide note to her 13-year-old daughter. She was battling with depression …
It is very important that we understand Eating Disorders (EDs) beyond their diagnostic labels. On one end of the spectrum lies Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa while Binge Eating is on the other extreme end. Yet, there is one common factor between the three diagnoses – CONTROL. Let’s further analyze the Anorexia Nervosa category to get a better understanding of the nitty gritty of self-starvation.
If you are a person who is battling with depression or has previously experienced the dreadfulness of being clinically depressed, you would probably understand how heavy every day feels. Sometimes when things seem gloomy and time runs dry the only outlet is to visit your local psychiatrist. When you get prescribed with your first dosage of antidepressants, you think that this would be the answer to all your questions only to find out the ugly truth. It is obvious that we would all prefer an immediate fix for all our problems but unfortunately, nothing in life works that way.
In fact, being on antidepressants is one of the most painful journeys anyone can go through. Let’s start with the side effects that your doctor never mentions.
A new study from the University of Eastern Finland found that the traditional way of expressing aerobic fitness in proportion to total body mass overestimates the role of aerobic fitness in identifying children at an increased risk of these diseases.
The new school will focus its attention on unsettled children and implement its highly successful educational model from the UK, catering for Dubai parents The new Riverston School Dubai, due to open in September, will tackle the issue of bullying head-on, following on from recent announcements during the past two months by the Knowledge and Human …
Have you ever wondered why celebrities show off their cupping marks? Cupping is more than an ordinary fad. It is an age-long therapeutic procedure that has continued to stand the test of time. In simple terms, the cupping therapy can be described as the act of removing toxins in the form of blood for both …
For as long as I can remember, we have been indirectly taught by our social construction NOT to feel negative emotions. From a very young age, we get emotionally invalidated in so many ways until that becomes our norm. We get told not to cry or not to get angry, which teaches us to avoid unpleasant feelings at any cost. With continuous practice, following what we have been taught to be the right thing, we get programmed to send our negative emotions to the subconscious mind where they get manifested into other forms.
With a large number of ‘mental illnesses’ enlisted in the DSM, differentiation between bad habits that have turned into destructive behaviours and actual diseases has been lost. Plus, the DSM does not tackle the chicken-egg dynamic, portraying certain ‘illnesses’ to have been caused solely by genetics and biochemical imbalances, which may not necessarily be the case. David Bailey, a hypnotherapist and life coach at SOAS believes that “…science mixed with the pseudo-science of psychology has also had some detrimental effects in perpetrating popular misconceptions. The idea that something like depression, anxiety or a phobia is an actual “thing” like a stomach ulcer. Rather than a conceptual framework for describing a manifestation of thought is, in [his] opinion, problematic.”
Expressive writing can be described as an activity that expresses “major upheavals” in one’s life. It is writing that directly comes out from our innermost insecurities and it usually does not reflect on the events that take place but rather on one’s feelings and thoughts about these events. It is a type of writing specially used as a tool for stress management. Rather than repressing emotions such as anger and hostility, people can reflect their feeling through writing and therefore ventilate the negativity that comes in tandem. Simple examples of expressive writing would be keeping a diary or a daily journal.
What are the odds that those who try committing suicide are only crying for help and have no real intentions of ending their lives? Gambling with one's life should not merely be perceived as a "call for attention," it should instead set the alarm bells ringing.