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Posted:
Aug 23, 2016

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Deirdre

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Choosing this Instagram filter could mean you're depressed

Researchers from Harvard and the University of Vermont have found that Instagram photos can be analyzed to screen for depression. The scientists used the photos' attributes, including brightness and color, to correctly identify which participants suffered from depression at a betterrate than the...

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Here's What Your Instagram Feed Says About Your Mental Health

Instagram can be a good indicator of a person’s mental health. At least that’s what two researchers, Harvard University’s Andrew Reece and the University of Vermont’s Chris Danforth, have written in a recent report. The study was based on 166 volunteers who were recruited from Amazon Mechanical...

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Twitter Users Share What #MyDepressionLooksLike to Raise Mental Health Awareness

May is Mental Health Month, and while depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses are slowly shedding their stigma, we've still got a long way to go.

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Apr 27, 2016

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Deirdre

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Sad People Aren’t Ignored on Facebook

Facebook, the sixth-most valuable company in the world, is now large enough to conduct its own scientific research about itself. One study, announced this month, seems to reflect a worry within the company that people don’t think they can turn to their social network for support.

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Hunting the Genetic Signs of Postpartum Depression With an iPhone App

With mothers and medical providers clamoring for answers about postpartum depression, scientists are beginning a major effort to understand the genetic underpinnings of mood disorders that afflict millions of women during and after 

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Jan 15, 2016

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Emily S

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It’s 3 a.m. and you’re feeling depressed. How technology is transforming mental health care.

When he’s having a hard time coping, the 23-year-old Maryland man can get extra support with a few quick taps on his smartphone.  That takes him to the Big White Wall, an online service that provides help 24/7 to people who are struggling with problems such as depression, stress and anxiety. It...

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Nov 13, 2015

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Emily S

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Depressed? Look For Help From A Human, Not A Computer

Almost 8 percent of Americans 12 and older dealt with depression at some point between 2009 and 2012. With that many of us feeling blue, wouldn’t it be nice if we could simply hop on the computer in our pajamas, without any of the stigma of asking for help, and find real relief?

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Jul 30, 2015

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Christy

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Campus Suicide and the Pressure of Perfection

Kathryn DeWitt conquered high school like a gold-medal decathlete. She ran track, represented her school at a statewide girls’ leadership program and took eight Advanced Placement tests, including one for which she independently prepared, forgoing the class.

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Your Phone Knows If You’re Depressed

Phone data could predict with 87% accuracy whether someone had depressive symptoms Most of us are pretty attached to our phones, and researchers are starting to figure out what that connection can tell us about our health, including our mood. In fact, your phone may be able to tell if you're...

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Jul 15, 2015

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Deirdre

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Why Aren’t More Crisis Hotlines Offering Chat-Based Help?

We are now living in a chat-based society and traditional crisis hotlines are struggling to adapt.  The volume of text messages has surpassed voice calls in the United States since 2008.

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