Sure enough, by using a 24-hour monitor to track people's heart rate (BPMs) and HRV, this new (2020) proof-of-concept study found that changes in autonomic nervous system functions as indexed by faster heart rates and lower HRV over a full circadian cycle were a reliable indicator of whether or not someone was experiencing depressive symptoms. Heart rate (HR) and HRV were measured using a portable mini-ECG attached to the skin. … [Read more...] about How Vagus Nerve Robustness Is Linked to Depression Risk
Changes in youth risk behaviour
1. Do Something Different. Take a different action in response to circumstances in the heat of the moment such as the pandemic. For example, if I consistently calm myself when I’m listening to horrific pandemic news reports (when I might ordinarily freak out), this calming practice can rewire my neural pathways, widen my resilient zone, and eventually I’m able to listen without automatically freaking out. Better yet, it’s important to limit how often we listen to constant negative news but to listen only enough so we get the facts. Or if a loved one catches the virus, focus on what you can control and fix it no matter how insignificant, instead of ruminating about something you can’t control—the pandemic. … [Read more...] about The Pandemic Changes Your Brain Even If You Don’t Have It
Excessive sadness or moodiness, mood swings and unexpected anger Feeling a sense of hopelessness and loneliness Making a will or giving away personal possessions Avoiding social interactions Searching for means of doing personal harm Eating too little or eating too much Engaging in reckless behaviours Excessive alcohol or drug consumption Showing signs of extreme anxiousness or agitation Talking about suicide as an escape route Sleeping too much or too little Suddenly becoming calm after a period of depression or moodiness Changes in personality and/or appearance (less concerned about his or her appearance) … [Read more...] about World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) 2020: Recognising Symptoms Of Suicidal Behavior
If you have lost a loved one to suicide, you are not alone. Making sense of suicide can be challenging, confusing, and painful. The realization that your loved one was in dire psychological pain may fill you with unanswered questions and intense, raw emotions. You may feel like you are drowning in a quicksand of complex emotions such as guilt, embarrassment, hurt, anger, fear, and sadness. It is essential that you reach out to supportive friends, family members, co-workers, therapists – or a grief support group if you want and need to. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. … [Read more...] about The Myths and Warning Signs of Suicide
"Antimicrobial resistance” is characterised by a high word length of nine syllables, which is difficult to pronounce and contains infrequent word components. Due to its abstract, scientific nature, the term also lacks intuitive meaning for lay populations and can therefore be difficult to remember. Finally, given the inaccurate use of the umbrella term “antimicrobial resistance” to describe more specific phenomena such as “antibiotic resistance”, the term also has limited specificity. Clearly it is high time we reviewed the terminology used to communicate the risks of such an important health threat. … [Read more...] about What Makes for a Successful Name?