The is an increasing emphasis in young men on having a muscled, toned body. With this pressure, there appears to be an increase in ‘muscularity-orientated disordered eating behaviours’. These involve eating more or differently to gain weight and ‘bulk out’. If left unchecked, this can develop into a ‘body dysmorphia’ where individuals develop a distorted view of their body. The article [here] discusses how an example of this, ‘bigorexia’, can occur where individuals see themselves as being less bulky than they actually are.
Dyspraxia is a disorder affecting physical co-ordination, for example how well we are able to use a screw-driver or cutlery. It can also affect speech, which of course involves co-ordination, as well. This article [here] talks about the condition. If you want to know more and find out about getting help, this link [here] to a national charity may be helpful.
We all get intrusive thoughts. These are thoughts that are unwanted and usually seen as being unpleasant. They can trigger behaviors that are an attempt to cope with or counter the thoughts that are termed ‘compulsions’. This article [here] goes into some detail about the nature of these thoughts and offers some tips on how they can be reduced in frequency.
Otherwise referred to as manic-depression, a number of famous people have experienced this clinical condition. This article [here] lists some current celebrities who report being 'bipolar'. The article also briefly describes the symptoms and possible treatment options.
This article [here] describes how researchers have managed to shift the sleep of 'night owls' (people who stay up later) two hours earlier through use of some quite basic strategies.
It has long been known that time spent in natural environments has a beneficial effect on individuals, but this article [here] states how the optimum amount of time is at least two hours a day. People with this habit tend to benefit from better health and life satisfaction.
This condition is sometimes confused with ‘baby blues’ or postnatal depression. However, it is a much more serious condition that can involve experiencing hallucinations and delusions. This article [here] describes the symptoms relating to the condition and this one [here] describes one mother’s experience of this together with her journey to recovery.
Chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is a long-term, neurological condition. Symptoms include tiredness, muscle or joint pain and flu-like symptoms. It is often confused with other conditions. This article [here] provides a brief overview of the condition and treatment options for it.
It may surprise you to hear that many men experience postnatal depression. I say this because people tend to associate the condition more with women. Details of the study that established this is found here.
This article [here] is another one that indicates there that some psychedelic drugs (when administered in controlled medical environments) hold promise in the future for helping individuals with treatment-resistant mental health conditions.
The benefits of exercise on mental health are well established. There have been several earlier posts on this blog regarding the topic. This article [here] looks at the possible causes of this relationship. It also describes how to integrate exercise into healthcare. Do you have an opportunity for increased exercise that you can take advantage of? A couple of schemes are mentioned in the article. Perhaps a similar one exists that is local to you?
Diabulimia is a condition that involves someone with type 1 diabetes deliberately not taking their insulin treatment in order to control their weight. This article [here] describes the issue and suggests that up to 40% of these diabetics at some point restrict their insulin for this purpose. Diabulimia is dangerous and this article [here] tells the tragic story in a person’s own words (via their diary) of some-one who died from it.
This article [here] describes a study that found that those individuals who are able to think kindly (rather than critically) about themselves experienced less of a stress response. It is suggested that this style of thinking could be particularly helpful in overcoming depression.
This article [here] describes a relationship between depression and the organisms that live in the gut. Currently, it is uncertain whether depression influences these microbes or the microbes influence depression. Should further research establish that the latter is the case, this may pave the way for some diet-/gut-based treatments.
This article [here] says that girls spend spend more time on social media than boys, and as a result tend to experience more sleeping difficulties and depression. Its states that 'their use of platforms like Instagram and Snapchat can... undermine children’s view of themselves by making them feel inferior to the people they follow.'
Winston Churchill referred to his depression as a 'black dog' [see here]. However this article [here] describes a study that found that dog ownership can be helpful to those suffering with depression. This other article [here] describes how having a dog might be helpful (for depression and other conditions), for example by decreasing loneliness and increasing levels of activity through dog walking.