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Depression Increases Risk for Strokes

September 23, 2011 · Leave a Comment

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 monitors and it all started coming back to him. He was 55 years old and he had a mild stroke.

He saw the worry in his wife’s eyes and he knew his children, though grown adults, would be very anxious to hear how he was doing. More →

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South Asian Emotion: A Sister’s Plea

February 23, 2011 · 5 Comments

SistersThough 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 reserved than Aparna and often took fewer risks. If they were going to try something new, it was usually Aparna who came up with the idea and would encourage Sujata to come along. In some ways, Sujata’s self-confidence was raised by Aparna’s belief in her.

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February 1, 2011 · 2 Comments

bananaFebruary’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 diet!

Banana is a natural mood enhancer because it has high levels of tryptophan, an amino acid that we only obtain through food.

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Depression in South Asian Children

January 31, 2011 · 5 Comments

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 Anand tested. More →

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A Diet Plan that Works

January 26, 2011 · 3 Comments

south asian overweightSouth 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 tend to eat less healthy food, exercise less and consume more calories as well. More →

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Depression and Migraines: An Unexpected Link

January 7, 2011 · 3 Comments

migraineIf 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 indicating that migraines should be taken seriously on two levels: 1) because the pain can be so severe that they disrupt daily life and 2) because they seem to be connected to developing depression. More →

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Diabetes and Depression: A Lethal Combination for South Asians

January 5, 2011 · Leave a Comment

diabetesJust 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 other minority immigrants. Researchers still do not know why but have several theories related to South Asian genetics that predisposes the community to developing the disease at such high rates.

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South Asian Emotion: Can Men be Depressed?

December 17, 2010 · Leave a Comment

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, depression affects men, women, children and the elderly. Just like a heart attack, the symptoms vary based on gender and age but depression has no boundaries,” said the doctor calmly.

Vikram had just had his physical exam. Overall he was a healthy man, but had perpetual complaints of headaches and stomach irritation. After the results from his blood work came back, the doctor wanted to see him again. More →

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Heavy Cloak of Fatigue – Janaki’s Story of Depression

December 15, 2010 · 1 Comment

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 integrated into her dream as she fell back asleep. About an hour later she slowly arose to find bright light coming into her room. She felt some panic, as it was January and the mornings are not so bright. She looked at the clock and it said 1:30pm.

Janaki scrambled to the phone and called her good friend, Deepa. More →

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South Asian Emotion: What is Depression?

December 13, 2010 · 3 Comments

Sadness is an emotion that we are hardwired to experience from birth. As humans, it is an emotion that is necessary to have in order to communicate our current state and needs. Seeing a loved one in pain, our best friend moving away, or watching a sad movie all trigger the feeling of sadness.

While sadness is an emotion that lasts a few days at most, depression is a whole body experience that lasts weeks, months or years. More →

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