Actor Anupam Kher says depression is still considered to be a taboo, and he hopes to bring a change by doing his bit.
The actor has released a video on YouTube encouraging people to overcome depression and not shy away from coming out in the open about the issue.
“There is still a taboo associated with depression. People shy away from coming out in the open and discussing it. This even affects not just the victim but their near and dear one’s too,” Anupam said in a statement to IANS.
“A day before my father passed away, he gave me the message of living life to the fullest and that’s what I hope to encourage people to do with this video,” he added.
The actor will soon be honoured with the Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema Award at the 19th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards to be held in Bangkok later this month.
Anupam, who has starred in over 500 films including international films, started his career in 1984 with “Saaransh”.
Over his three-decade long journey in Hindi filmdom, he has also appeared in many acclaimed international films such as the Golden Globe nominated “Bend It Like Beckham”, Ang Lee’s Golden Lion-winning “Lust”, and David O. Russell’s Oscar-winning “Silver Linings Playbook”.
Picking up cleaning equipment and getting down to clear clutter around oneself could be one possible way to cope with stress. Many health opinions suggest stress cleaning is an actual issue many people worldwide face. But, what really is stress cleaning?
“The act of cleaning, if done within limits, can bring an added benefit of exercise, which can be great for relieving stress, so called ‘stress-cleaning’. Response to stress can be subjective, for example, some people can comfort eat or exercise or some may resort to cleaning as a way of stress-busting”, states Dr Santosh Bangar, Consultant Psychiatrist, Global Hospital, Mumbai told IANSlife.
A cluttered house can lead to negative emotions like irritability, tension, worry, whereas a clean space is more likely to be linked to positive emotions like feeling happy, calm and a sense of wellbeing. People can experience a feeling of achievement or pride, enhanced self-esteem after a cleaning-up session.
What causes it?
Our brain responds to stress with a fight or flight reaction by the amygdala, which is associated with facilitating emotions like fear or anxiety. Another brain area called the prefrontal cortex regulating emotions gets deactivated and works less. So, while the stress is getting triggered, the system supposed to keep it in check is slowing down!
Why it could be good and bad?
The response to stress is subjective, as some people can respond well to stress or even thrive (healthy stress), while other people’s emotions can be excessive leading to a full blown panic attack, characterised by shaking of body, dryness of mouth, sweating, palpitations, rapid breathing, feeling of impending doom. If excessive stress goes undetected or untreated, it may have number of physical and mental health complications.
Depression, anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, substance misuse, sleep disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and suicide in extreme cases are known complications of untreated and persistent stress. Stress cleaning can worsen or induce OCD, Dr Bangar says.
The physical health complications include, impaired blood sugar or diabetes, high blood pressure or hypertension, heart attack, impaired fat levels and uncommonly various forms of cancers.
Various forms of relaxation techniques are useful in dealing with stress, one such being ‘stress-cleaning’ or ‘stress-baking’ during periods of social isolation or lockdown. Others can be meditation, for example, mindfulness, yoga or deep breathing exercise. Listening to soothing music, taking regular exercise are other ways of managing stress at home. Reduce caffeine, smoking and alcohol intake, getting a refreshing sleep and eating a balanced diet can go long way to reduce stress. Of course, if these measures are not enough, then one must seek specialist professional help at the earliest. (IANS)
Researchers have found that children’s rearing environment has a major impact on their risk for major depression later in life. This is a health and lifestyle article.
For the findings, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the research team analysed the health records of full and half-siblings with at least one biological parent with depression who were raised by either their biological parents or in carefully screened adoptive homes.
Generally, the children in adopted homes showed lower risk, but whatever the setting, episodes of major depression in the parents meant the children were more susceptible to depression themselves, the researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University (US) and Lund University (Sweden) said.
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They identified 666 high-risk full sibling pairs and 2,596 high-risk pairs of half-siblings each with at least one child reared at home and one adopted. High risk was defined as having at least one biological parent with major depression.
In Sweden, the adoptive parents are carefully screened and undergo a rigorous selection process to ensure their ability to “provide a supportive and generally advantaged home for their adoptive child.”
In the full sibling group, the risk for major depression among adopted siblings was 23 per cent lower than the sibling raised in the home with their birth family.
In the group of half-siblings, the risk of depression was 19 per cent lower for the adopted siblings.
For both the full and half-sibling groups, the protective effect of adoption disappeared when an adoptive parent or step-sibling had major depression.
According to the study, results demonstrate the strong impact of the rearing environment on risk for major depression and support the importance of intervention efforts to improve the rearing environment in high-risk families.
The study authors concluded that their results “further strengthen the evidence that high-quality rearing environments can meaningfully reduce rates of major depression in individuals at high familial risk.” (IANS)
We live in an incredibly hectic and complex world. We find ourselves strapped into 50-hour work weeks with ever increasing productivity demands. Stress levels in our lives are nearly off the charts. There are activities to do with family, work emails that demand attention all day long and household chores that never seem to get done. Sound familiar? If so, it’s important to make time to reduce your stress levels and nurture your mind and body.
Save Time and Effort Wherever You Can
When you are super stressed it’s important to simplify your life wherever you can. Instead of going shopping several times a week, plan one trip to one store and get everything there. Set aside a half a day on the weekend and do all the prep work for your weekly meals and evening dinners will come together with ease during the week. It makes things easier if you can take care of appointments over the internet instead of having to drive across town. If you live in Missouri and you want to get your medical marijuana card you can do everything you need to online. It’s only $139 for an evaluation and you can get the required forms and apply for your card, all from the comfort of home. If you want to book a hair appointment, do it via Facebook or give the salon a call. Saving time and effort by leveraging technology will give you back so many hours of your precious time.
Listen to Guided Meditations
Guided meditations can take you out of your demanding world and into a realm where things are relaxing, calm and pleasant. Even a 10-minute meditation break can help you detach from the pressures of the day and float into a more soothing and serene scene. There are meditation apps and lots of options to choose from. If you find your mind wandering during the meditation, it’s helpful to choose a selection with guided imagery. As the narrator takes you into a scene, you’ll imagine being there and your mind will be where it should be.
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One of the best ways to de-stress from a hectic week is to go camping on the weekend. It doesn’t take much to throw a tent in the car, grab some sleeping bags and head off to your favorite relaxing spot in nature. You can enjoy the beauty of a river or lake, or go into the mountains for some alpine reverie. The rhythms of nature are beautifully soothing to our body, mind and soul. Things are simpler. You wake up with the sound of bird songs and the sun gently peeking over the horizon. The world is free of deadlines and you simply get to relax. Sounds like bliss, right?
If you want to relax those tense muscles and instantly feel better and less anxious about life, it’s time to laugh. Put on a great comedy movie or binge a funny TV show and you’ll find your cares simply drifting away. Meet with that friend who never fails to make you laugh and you’ll feel so much better for it. Whatever it is that makes you giggle, you should be doing more of it!
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