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Traits That Put You at Risk of Smartphone Addiction

When the Trump-affiliated firm Cambridge Analytica obtained data on tens of millions of Facebook users, it used the "Big 5" or "Five Factor Model" personality test to target them with ads designed to influence their votes in the 2016 US presidential election. The test scores people on five traits - openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and [...]

By | 2018-04-23T15:28:21+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Self-Rating Mental Health as ‘Good’ Predicts Positive Future Mental Health

Researchers have found that when a person rates their current mental health as 'positive' despite meeting criteria for a mental health problem such as depression, it can predict good mental health in the future, even without treatment. Using data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, Sirry Alang of Lehigh University and her co-authors, Donna D. [...]

By | 2018-04-09T09:07:01+00:00 April 6th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

‘If You Care, You’re Equipped’: How To Support Someone Who is Suicidal

Kate* was sitting at her desk working late with her colleague Ben* when he told her he was suicidal. She was visibly horrified and when Ben saw her reaction he immediately took his words back and asked her not to tell anyone. "You're kind of a friend, a colleague, a manager, and you want to [...]

By | 2018-04-09T09:07:24+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Categories: Suicide|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Why Nutritional Psychiatry is the Future of Mental Health Treatment

A lack of essential nutrients is known to contribute to the onset of poor mental health in people suffering from anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD. Nutritional psychiatry is a growing discipline that focuses on the use of food and supplements to provide these essential nutrients as part of an integrated or alternative [...]

10 Things People with Depression Need to Do Every Day

Don't allow yourself to be limited by your depression. Yes, you are depressed. I know that place way too well, and I work my butt off to stay out of the D-zone. Here are ten little things that will give you a lift. You may not think you have the energy to do them, but, [...]

By | 2018-03-12T14:44:48+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Categories: Depression, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Being Exposed to Light During Sleep Linked to Depression

It may be time to invest in some blackout curtains, according to new research. A study published recently in the American Journal of Epidemiology found a strong association between even low-level nighttime light exposure and depressive symptoms among elderly adults. The researchers measured nighttime light levels in the bedrooms of 863 elderly Japanese adults by placing ceiling-facing light [...]

Smart Phones Have Robbed Kids of Their Childhood

The year 2012 was the moment our kids lost their childhood. Recent research out of the United States reveals a sharp decrease in wellbeing among adolescents from 2012 onwards — the year when smartphone ownership became commonplace among teens. Using survey data from 1.1 million young people, the researchers found that adolescents who spent more time on [...]

Fashionable Anxiety

When stationery entrepreneur Jen Gotch and the heavyweights at jewellery brand Iconery sat together at a table, they decided to work towards ending the stigma around mental illness. Their intention in creating dainty ‘anxiety‘ and ‘depression‘ necklaces was, no doubt, admirable; Gotch is a popular businesswoman whose Instagram following of almost 200,000 was built upon candid [...]

By | 2018-03-12T14:23:10+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety, Depression|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Here’s How Witnessing Violence Harms Children’s Mental Health

When children learn about news like the deadly school shooting that claimed more than a dozen lives on 14 February 2018 in Broward County, Florida, a logical question for them to ask is: Will the same thing happen to me? As researchers and clinicians who have studied the problem of violence over the past three decades, we have [...]

The Real Reason Today’s Children Are So Unhappy

What is wrong with our children today? According to a joint report from The Black Dog Institute and Mission Australia, around one in four teenagers have experienced a "probable mental illness", which means one in five have had depression or anxiety or both. According to the same report, teenage girls are twice as likely as [...]