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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 [...]

Fifth of 14-Year-Old Girls in UK ‘Have Self-Harmed’

More than a fifth of 14-year-old girls in the UK said they had self-harmed, a report suggests. A survey of 11,000 children found 22% of the girls and 9% of the boys said they had hurt themselves on purpose in the year prior to the questionnaire. Rates of self-harm were worst (46%) among those who [...]

By |2018-09-03T10:27:18+00:00September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Depression, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Ten Ways to Potentially End Depression Through Diet

It would be foolish to believe that depression can be overcome with a single solution. But for some people, the light at the end of the tunnel shines in a very surprising place. It certainly did for me. Healing my depression came with healing my gastrointestinal tract—my gut. When I became a nutrition student in [...]

By |2018-08-27T17:05:35+00:00August 27th, 2018|Categories: Depression, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Online Suicide and the Dark Psychology of Internet Insult Forums

Leon Jenkins was 43 when he took his own life in July 2018. He livestreamed his suicide on an internet forum where users can freely – and viciously – insult, berate, provoke and abuse each other. The idea is to make people leave the site when they can take no more. Gregory Tomkins and Kevin [...]

By |2018-08-27T17:35:17+00:00August 27th, 2018|Categories: Depression, Mental Illness, Suicide|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How Group Membership Can Help Combat Depression

Too many people know the suffering of depression firsthand. Approximately one in five experience it at some stage in their life – the figure is even higher in areas afflicted by disaster, trauma or poverty. It would be a lucky person indeed who avoids seeing depression in either themselves or the people they love. So [...]

By |2018-08-20T14:50:02+00:00August 20th, 2018|Categories: Depression, Mental Illness, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Herpes Virus May Lead to Bipolar, Depression

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 4.4 percent of the population of the United States will have bipolar disorder at one point in their lives. Another 16.2 million, or around 6.7 percent of all U.S. adults, will experience at least one episode of severe depression in their lives. While the precise causes [...]

By |2018-08-20T14:39:38+00:00August 20th, 2018|Categories: Depression, Mental Illness, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments