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Can Looking at Facebook Make You Feel Depressed?

September 9, 2014

If you find yourself endlessly scanning Facebook only to feel worse about yourself or your life, you’re not alone. According to a new study published in Computers in Human Behavior, consistent use of Facebook increases users’ risk of depression. Can Facebook Make You Depressed? Researchers studied the mood effects of Facebook in a three-phase study. In the first phase, they analyzed 123 active Facebook users... Read More

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Mental Health First Aid Programs on the Rise, and Other News

August 29, 2014

Whether it’s media coverage of a celebrity battling a mental health challenge, the increasing number of veterans seeking mental health services, or a recent mass shooting, mental health issues are increasingly in the public spotlight. Unfortunately, the steady decline in mental health resources leaves increasing numbers of citizens without much-needed treatment, and crisis intervention falls to those who may be inadequately... Read More

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Let’s Not Forget about Suicide’s Unsuspecting Victims

August 18, 2014

The death of Robin Williams last week shocked many of us. Though I knew he battled addiction over the years, I did not know that he also battled depression. There are many people talking about the experience of struggling with suicidal thoughts and the fight to keep them at bay. However, too often the other victims of suicide are forgotten. These are all of the people who are affected by the death. In the case of Williams,... Read More

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Depression Doesn’t Have to Be a Life (or Death) Sentence

August 15, 2014

To say the loss of Robin Williams to suicide is tragic is a gross understatement. Many of us grew up with Mork & Mindy on television and, over the decades, witnessed the incredibly talented actor and comedian reach new heights in films ranging from Good Morning, Vietnam to Good Will Hunting. For many, there exists a sense of knowing Mr. Williams, almost on a personal level, as if his persona was woven into the very... Read More

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Finding Compassion and Hope after the Loss of Robin Williams

August 14, 2014

Editor’s note: This article contains language that may be offensive to some readers and may be inappropriate for younger audiences. I was 8 years old the first time I remember peeing my pants from uncontrollable laughter. My little brother and I were watching one of our favorite shows, Mork & Mindy. We both peed our pants and soaked the carpet beneath us. Let’s just say that “Shazbot” was not the word... Read More

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Our Favorite Blogs about Postpartum and Maternal Depression

August 14, 2014

In addition to adapting to the brand new experience of parenting, many new parents may also be managing preexisting mental health issues, like depression or bipolar. Others may experience postpartum depression (PPD) after the birth of a child. The American Psychological Association states that postpartum depression affects 9–16% of postpartum women, and women who experienced PPD after the birth of their first child... Read More

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Depression, Mild Cognitive Impairment in Seniors Accelerate Brain Aging

August 13, 2014

Depression affects nearly 20% of Americans over the age of 65. Seniors’ depression symptoms are frequently written off as inevitable reactions to the aging process or the result of steady cognitive decline, limiting their access to help. New research highlights the importance of depression interventions in this group, finding that the combination of mild cognitive impairment and depression can rapidly accelerate... Read More

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Nurses’ Mental Health Improved with Regular Access to Natural Light

August 11, 2014

Nursing is a demanding job, and many nurses are overworked and underpaid. In fact, one study found that the challenging nature of the work led two-thirds of nurses to contemplate quitting in the last year. According to a study published in Health Environments and Research Design, though, regular exposure to natural light can help mitigate the stress-related symptoms nurses experience. How Natural Light Can Help Nurses Many... Read More

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OkCupid Conducts Experiment on Users, and Other News

August 1, 2014

In the wake of a backlash against Facebook’s recently revealed experiment on users, popular dating site OkCupid has released the results of its own experiment on site members. The site was unapologetic about the experiment, posting on its blog, “…if you use the Internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That’s how websites work.” The OkCupid research was... Read More

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How to Help Someone with Depression

August 1, 2014

An estimated one in 10 adults in the United States reports experiencing depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The World Health Organization estimates that 350 million people are affected globally. If you have a friend or a loved one whom you suspect may be battling depression, there are a number of things that you can do to help. But first, let’s start with what not to do. Don’t... Read More

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Low-Strength Brain Stimulation Could Offer Immediate Depression Relief

July 26, 2014

Brain stimulation such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can be highly effective at treating depression, with ECT boasting an improvement rate as high as 90%. But these treatments can be expensive, typically take several weeks to work, and ECT, in particular, has been associated with significant potential side effects—rendering these treatments a last resort for people with... Read More

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6 Things Not to Say to Someone Who Has Depression

July 26, 2014

Depression affects nearly 15 million adults—about 6.7% of the U.S. population—every year. The severity of depression varies from person to person, with some people experiencing only mild depression and others experiencing depression that turns debilitating. It’s a complex product of genes, environment, brain chemistry, and overall health, and the odds are high that someone in your life will eventually experience... Read More

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How to Rediscover the Sacred Space Within Yourself

July 24, 2014

Most of us at some point have felt a deep longing to go home. This home for which we yearn is usually an inner state of being, rather than an actual physical place. We may feel a tug of nostalgia and imagine that our desire is to return to the house where we grew up, but the ache that we feel deep inside tends to be more for the childlike sense of wonder and innocence that we left behind. As young children, we have the... Read More

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The Childhood Trauma I Didn’t Know I Had

July 13, 2014

My story starts at age 9. Both my parents were depressed and my family moved a lot. As the oldest of four children, I carried a lot of responsibility, even at such a young age. When I started missing school often, my mom took me to the doctor, and I was diagnosed with depression and prescribed Prozac, which I took until I was 20. It was then, in my last year of college, that I had what some might call a “nervous breakdown.”... Read More

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