One out of every four pregnant women suffers from prenatal anxiety or depression . About 20 to 30 percent of children born to a mother suffering from prenatal anxiety or depression will develop some form of challenge that affects their school performance and their ability to build relationships. True anxiety and depression are not just " mood swings ," so talk to your doctor and take action if you experience symptoms. Prenatal emotional health problems are a taboo topic in our society. Pregnancy expectations are high. Women are meant to be glowing, healthy, happy, excited, and beautiful. Pregnancy is supposed to be a time of growth, moving forward, rekindling relationships with partners, and making bright future plans. For every four pregnant women you meet, chances are this is not what life is like for one of them. They suffer under the crushing blows of their own experience, and expectations imposed upon them by friends, family, healthcare providers, and … [Read more...] about The Truth About Prenatal Emotional Health Problems
Anxious ? Well, that may be a good thing—in moderation. Experts say anxiety increases a person’s arousal to the point where motivation , performance, and the ability to complete difficult tasks or activities are significantly enhanced. Too much of it, though, leads to neurological, psychological, and even physical disorders; too little of it might encourage an “it-don’t-matter-that-much” attitude, causing distractedness, disorganization, underachievement, and lack of ardor to do a job well. Source: Alex Green/Pexels All of which begs the question: What is the perfect mix of anxiety and adrenalin to maintain peak performance ? The answer: It depends—it depends on an individual’s personality , confidence , and ability to manage stress , as well as the complexity of the task to be done. Two psychologists in the early 20th century—Robert M. Yerkes and John Dillingham Dodson—determined from rodent experiments that an empirical relationship exists between … [Read more...] about A Little Bit of Anxiety Can Do a Whole Lot of Good
Source: cottonbro from Pexels The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed a tsunami of epic proportions, and it seems we are collectively drowning in tidal waves of emotions— stress , worry, anxiety, irritation, anger , depression , and fear . As the number of deaths keeps climbing, and stay-at-home orders are expanding to more and more regions globally, fear, in particular, has come to dominate and debilitate. What Are We Afraid Of? Given the nature and magnitude of the present crisis, there is no shortage of things to fear. From concerns about our own and others' well-being, food/housing/financial insecurity, and our ability to cope to the future of our lives and the world as we have known it. The list is long and growing. Underlying these fears is the omnipresence of uncertainty—fear of the unknown. Even if one becomes ill or loses their job, the unknown persists—How long will I be ill? Will I be able to get another job? It's a never-ending spiral. Our aversion … [Read more...] about How Do I Manage My Fear in the Era of COVID-19?
Year after year, millions of people pursue cosmetic surgery. Since 2015, there has been an almost 10% increase in the total number of surgical and non-surgical procedures. While the majority of people who are electing to undergo these procedures are between the ages of 35 and 50, an increasing number of younger men and women between 18 and 34 are seeking to enhance their appearance. Generally speaking, the decision to have a cosmetic procedure is based on a combination of physical and psychological factors. However, it is becoming well recognized that the growing popularity of social media may be a key driver for the rising trend of plastic surgery with several popular phone apps like Facetune and Snapchat leading the way. Last month, we published a research study examining the impact of the Facetune2 app on users’ acceptance of cosmetic surgery. This application works by allowing users to alter the size and shape of various facial features including the nose, lips, eyebrows, … [Read more...] about Changing Motivations for Cosmetic Surgery
Why are teens so drawn to TikTok? Source: Solen Feyissa/Flickr TikTok has frequented international news during the past few weeks, with declarations that it might be banned in the US as it already is in India. As I wrote about in my previous post , the announcement that TikTok might be banned is sending panic to millions of tweens and teens around the world. In this post, I will continue to discuss the popularity of TikTok among tweens and teens, and I will also highlight why understanding your child’s intention for using TikTok is important. Why TikTok? For parents who are not yet aware, TikTok is an app used to post short videos. TikTok use is exploding rapidly; in the first quarter of 2020, it generated the most downloads for any app ever in a quarter, indicating that teens all over the world were seeking it out—especially during the time of extended lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the reasons it is so popular is that it is video-based, … [Read more...] about The Irresistible Lure of TikTok: Why Is the App So Popular?