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Posted:
Nov 18, 2016

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Emily S

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Treating PTSD With Virtual Reality Therapy: A Way to Heal Trauma

When U.S. Marine Chris Merkle returned from his last tour of duty in Afghanistan, his family was thrilled to have him back.  But for Merkle, the welcome home was also accompanied by some dark problems. He couldn’t sleep. He was irritable and had anger issues. He would avoid certain stressful...

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Aug 24, 2016

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Christina

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Instagram Probably Can’t Predict Depression. GPS, Though…

LATE LAST WEEK, a group of scientists published some pre-review research indicating that people were more likely to use low-saturation Instagram filters like Inkwell when feeling depressed. Well, obviously, says Picasso. Groundbreaking stuff, guys.

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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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Using social media to prevent adolescent suicide

Distraught over a poor grade that she thought would ruin her life, the honor-roll student broadcast her suicide for anyone to see. Hours later, she was in the inpatient psychiatric unit where I work, thanks to the quick thinking and action of anonymous viewers. As a psychiatrist, I have seen a...

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Jun 15, 2016

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Emily S

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Facebook Offers Tools for Those Who Fear a Friend May Be Suicidal

When Carrie Simmons opened her Facebook app one day in late 2014, she saw a status update from a high school friend she had not seen in years that alarmed her. It read like a suicide note.  “Thank you for everyone who tried to help me,” Ms. Simmons’s friend, whom she declined to name, wrote.  Ms.

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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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May 9, 2016

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Remi

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The Eliza App Makes Mental Health Tracking as Easy as Talking to Yourself

Makers of an app called Eliza want to make it as easy for people to track their psychological well-being as it is to track their physical fitness.  The Eliza app asks users to record a voice memo, say, venting about an issue they’re dealing with at work or simply reflecting on their day. The app...

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Why Do Girls Tend to Have More Anxiety Than Boys?

The toxic effects of social media especially harm girls. Parents can make a difference. The laid-back, underachieving boy; the hyperachieving, anxious girl. Over the three decades since I graduated from medical school, and especially over the past 10 years, this pattern has become increasingly...

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Apr 6, 2016

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Christina

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Addiction may explain the link between social media and depression

(Reuters Health) - Studies have linked the use of social media to depression, but addiction to social media, rather than use alone, may explain the connection, new research suggests.

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Posted:
Mar 30, 2016

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Emily S

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Fantasy Sports Fueling A Rise In Online Gambling Addiction

Poison comes in many forms for addicts: Alcohol and drugs usually come first to mind, but gambling — often overlooked — is of increasing concern to state officials and rehab centers.  The number of problem gamblers has grown in recent years with an explosion of betting opportunities available at...

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