Are you chasing your dreams or running from your fears?
Personal awareness of what drives us to achieve the things that matter is a critical step in protecting mental health.
Having strong social connections can improve your health
Having strong bonds with both close social circles and extended groups is associated with better mental health and wellbeing.
Study finds mass school (and other) shootings are not caused by mental illness
"Mass school shootings are different from other forms of mass murder, and that they should be looked at as a distinct phenomenon."
Theory that depressed people are just more realistic is just plain wrong
"Depressive realism” is a theory that has held sway in science and popular culture for more than 40 years, however the evidence isn't there to support it.
Smartphones promise satisfaction and meaning, deliver only more searching
"Smartphone attachment could be causing a breakdown in social values because of the unstructured and limitless options they provide for seeking meaning and purpose and inadvertently exacerbate feelings of despair while simultaneously promising to resolve them.”
Don't listen to Prozac
The whole theory on which modern antidepressants are based is simply wrong.
Major study shows which supplements work for depression, anxiety and ADHD, and which don't
The new clinical guidelines are a significant piece of work that assists clinicians in an evidence-informed approach to the growing interest and use of supplements for major psychiatric disorders.
Having assets may protect people from persistent depression during COVID
1 in 5 adults experienced persistent depression, both at the start of the pandemic and one year later, but those who had access to more physical, social, or financial assets—particularly higher incomes and more savings—were less likely to experience sustained depressive symptoms.
When relationships break down, men are at risk of mental illness
When men transition out of relationships they are at increased risk of mental illness, including anxiety and depression, with marital separation quadrupling the risk of male suicide.
A new understanding of mental illness
The causes of psychiatric disorders are poorly understood. Now there is evidence that a wide range of early onset psychiatric problems (from depression, anxiety and addictions to dyslexia, bulimia, and ADHD) may be largely due to the combination of just three factors.
Stressful day? Stress can predict decreases in social interaction
When you’re stressed, do you ever feel like you just don’t want to be around other people? Greater levels of stress on a given day were found to be predictive of decreases in social interaction the following day. This effect may persist for up to two days.
Happiness in early adulthood may protect against dementia
Every week I come across studies which show that dementia is not a disease of old age, but rather a condition that has its roots much, much earlier in life. This study confirms many of these earlier studies but looks at the issue in terms of the connection between early depression and later dementia.
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