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Food & PCOS

Hello From The Thought Co. Mental Health Awareness Research Womxn

Food & PCOS

The main symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome are irregular menstrual cycles, gaining weight, excessive hair growth or hair fall, acne, dark patches of skin, inappropriate male features. PCOS is also usually detected during puberty, with the start of menses. This means – a girl who has PCOS might gain weight and will have a negative self-image in her teenage years.Womxn with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome are at higher risk for binge eating behavior, having negative body image and depression and anxiety. Also womxn with PCOS have a higher prevalence for disordered eating than womxn without. It is clear that PCOD treatment should be done in...

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Food & LGBTQ+

Hello From The Thought Co. LGBTQIA+ Mental Health Awareness Research

Food & LGBTQ+

The relationships between gender identity, sexuality, body image and perceptions about shape and size are complex. There are certain stressors that only LGBTQ+ individuals face that leaves them vulnerable to eating disorders. Like the fear or experience of rejection, internalised negative messages, experience of violence or discrimination or discordance between gender identity and sex assigned at birth.  While there are no significant Indian studies to prove more that individuals from the queer community are more prone to eating disorders, various studies have shown the trend in other countries. There are certain sections of the community more vulnerable to eating disorders. A survey in the...

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Marijuana: More Damage Than Cure?

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Marijuana: More Damage Than Cure?

Marijuana does have its benefits. Research done shows that marijuana might help reduce nausea, chronic pain, seizures and sleep apnea. But on the flip side, long time use of marijuana may lead to deterioration of cognitive abilities. Memory loss, decrease in the speed of thinking and slower processing of information are some of the most common long-term side effects of smoking cannabis. An experiment done by Schuster et al. (2016) stated that individuals who smoked marijuana early on, had lower verbal memory. In the experiment, individuals who had started using marijuana before the age of 16, took longer to learn words as well as...

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When Do You Have "The (Sex) Talk"?

Hello From The Thought Co. LGBTQIA+ Research

When Do You Have "The (Sex) Talk"?

When I was a kid, I would notice my father hastily press buttons on the remote whenever an intimate scene would begin in a movie. Even as a 5 year old, I understood the “unsaid”, that physical proximity between two opposite genders was “wrong”. This taboo nature of intimacy increased my curiosity to know more. My parents’ evasiveness towards intimacy created these invisible barriers to speak to them. So, naturally my next go-to were my friends, who sadly knew as much if not less than me. The repercussions, years of unlearning several myths and misconceptions about intimacy and sex.Studies conducted...

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