Depression Increases Risk for Strokes

For a few seconds after Rahul woke up, he had forgotten what had happened. He looked around and saw white sheets on him, a window far from his bed from which he could only see the top of a tree. He heard beeping and looked behind him to see numerous …

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South Asian Emotion: A Sister’s Plea

Though Sujata was 1 ½ years older, she and her younger sister, Aparna, were inseparable. Growing up, they often dressed the same and were usually mistaken to be identical twins. Everyone also assumed both girls had similar personalities: they were both curious, funny and quite sociable. However, Sujata was more …

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Banana

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February’s food of the month is: banana! Named for the Arabic word for finger, bananas have countless physical and mental health benefits. They help reduce stress, manage anxiety and maintain a stable mood in addition to improving sexual health. Learn about the amazing banana and start incorporating them into your …

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Depression in South Asian Children

Anand is 8 years old and is a quiet, obedient 3rd grader. Lately, his teacher has noticed that he is having trouble concentrating in class. His mind wanders during classroom tasks, he has trouble remembering oral instructions from his teacher. His teacher thinks he might have ADHD and recommended having …

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A Diet Plan that Works

South Asian culture, being influenced by Western images of beauty, has shifted to value thinness in recent years. With this transition, and newfound pressures to maintain unreasonable thinness, comes the belief that being overweight or obese results in feeling depressed. This can be true. People who are overweight or obese …

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Depression and Migraines: An Unexpected Link

If you suffer from migraines, you know how much they disrupt your life. Migraines are chronic headaches that cause significant pain and are accompanied by neurological symptoms such as auras, nausea or vomiting. While rates of migraines are lower in South Asians than people of European descent, new research is …

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Diabetes and Depression: A Lethal Combination for South Asians

Just as cardiovascular disease exists within the South Asian population at alarming rates, diabetes rates are also exceptionally high. South Asians are 3-6 times more likely to develop diabetes than Caucasians, acquire the disease at an earlier age and at a lower body mass index than Americans, Europeans and all …

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South Asian Emotion: Can Men be Depressed?

This story is purely fictional and is not intended to represent a real family. Any similarities between this family and a real life family are purely coincidental. “That can’t be. Only women get depressed,” said the 45 year old Vikram sitting on the exam table at the doctor’s office. “Actually, …

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Heavy Cloak of Fatigue – Janaki’s Story of Depression

This story is purely fictional and is not intended to represent a real family. Any similarities between this family and a real life family are purely coincidental. The phone rang for the sixth time. Having been deep asleep, Janaki merely heard a soft musical sound in the background that became …

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