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Anxiety on Rise Among the Young in Social Media Age

The number of young people in the UK who say they do not believe that life is worth living has doubled in the last decade, amid a sense of overwhelming pressure from social media which is driving feelings of inadequacy, new research suggests. In 2009, only 9% of 16-25-year-olds disagreed with the statement that “life [...]

Want to Improve Your Mood? It’s Time to Ditch the Junk Food

Worldwide, more than 300 million people live with depression. Without effective treatment, the condition can make it difficult to work and maintain relationships with family and friends. Depression can cause sleep problems, difficulty concentrating, and a lack of interest in activities that are usually pleasurable. At its most extreme, it can lead to suicide. Depression [...]

By |2019-02-11T09:27:07+00:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Depression|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Social Media, Teens and the Direct Link to Depression

A new study from the U.K. examined the link between social media use and depression-type symptoms in almost 11,000 14-year-olds. Researchers found that girls were two times more likely to be depressed than boys, primarily because of cyberbullying and harassment issues. Why are the results of this study so surprising? Almost 40 percent of the [...]

New Study Offers ‘Strongest Evidence’ Yet that Exercise Helps Prevent Depression

Does physical activity reduce depression, or does depression reduce physical activity? It's a quintessential chicken and egg scenario — and a question that's plagued scientists for some time. Now, thanks to the power of modern genomics, a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry provides the "strongest evidence" yet that exercise has a protective effect against [...]

By |2019-01-25T16:19:32+00:00January 25th, 2019|Categories: Depression, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How Physical Activity in Australian Schools Can Help Prevent Depression in Young People

Adolescence is a critical time for the development of mental health problems. In fact, depression is most likely to occur during adolescence and young adulthood. It’s the leading cause of disability in young people worldwide. At least one‐quarter of young people will experience an episode of depression before 19 years of age. By year 9, [...]

By |2019-01-14T19:10:23+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Depression|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Social Media Use Increases Depression and Loneliness, Study Finds

The link between the two has been talked about for years, but a causal connection had never been proven. For the first time, University of Pennsylvania research based on experimental data connects Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram use to decreased well-being. Psychologist Melissa G. Hunt published her findings in the December Journal of Social and Clinical [...]

By |2018-11-12T11:21:48+00:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Depression|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Whatever You Think of Packer, He Was Brave to Talk About Depression

The photograph was so disturbing, the first time I viewed it, I had to look away, as I felt as though I was intruding on someone’s deepest personal pain. The picture showed James Packer at the Crown Resorts Annual General Meeting in Melbourne in 2016, looking bloated and overweight, his eyes red and watery and [...]

Mindfulness is Fine, but Staring at a Raisin Won’t Cure Anxiety

The blurb on the back of the book had an enticing promise: "Take a few minutes out of your day and colour your way to peace and calm". After decades of grappling with acute anxiety, perhaps this mindfulness colouring book would be my magic bullet. I bought a pack of fancy pencils and got to [...]

‘I Was Having Panic Attacks’: Online Gaming Addiction is Real

Like most teenage boys, Cam Adair played computer games. He would play the games – Starcraft: Brood War, World of Warcraft –with his cousin, or to unwind after school or hockey practice. "Then I started to experience a lot of bullying," the Canadian recalls. "And that bullying meant the gaming went from something that I [...]

6 Ways to Help a Friend with Depression

If you want to be there for a friend who’s been diagnosed with depression, you’re already a great friend. But even when you have really good intentions, it can be hard to know exactly how to help a friend with depression and what to say to a depressed friend. If you're wondering what to do [...]