There are productive ways to talk about psychological health rather than focusing on the mental state of specific individuals, according to Michelle Riba, a professor of psychiatry. “It’s one thing to sit around the dining room table to talk about this, it’s another to offer a professional opinion on something in which you don’t have Read more
The internet is constantly evolving as a result of international technological improvements, and over the past few decades has helped create a more connected world. Just as technology becomes ever more prominent on our lives, its implications and effects on our mental health change. Studies have revealed that overuse of the internet, particularly social media, can increase feelings of depression and dependency, while too much time spent reading negative news or information online can heighten anxiety. However, the internet and new technologies have also helped therapists and professionals advance treatment methods and more easily connect with patients, an adaptation especially crucial in rural or under-served areas.
Soaring numbers of men are seeking help for eating disorders with cases up by almost half in two years, figures reveal. Experts warn social media and growing pressure to look good are fueling mental health problems.
People with mental health issues need more than just suicide hotlines when a celebrity takes their own life
While there are many support groups, and options in terms of mental health services, people who are going through such a difficult time, experiencing such horrendous thoughts, need support from more than just people who are paid to be there.
Sad Girls Club goes beyond a traditional mental health resource — it is a community where women can come together, not only to discuss mental health but to hold space for one another.
A small Australian biotech has drawn big-name backers — including swimming superstar Michael Phelps — to its audacious goal: to develop a quick, cheap, and objective way to diagnose an array of mental illnesses. The tool would be a stunning breakthrough in the field of mental health — if it works.
Satvik Sethi, a rising sophomore at SUNY Binghamton, is an international student from India who’s working to create a supportive community for people struggling with mental illness, both digitally and on his campus. To do so, Sethi is in the process of designing “Runaway,” an app where people who are suffering with mental illness can Read more
Increased awareness of mental health is leading to more conversations about its effects. But not all efforts to bring attention to the subject have positive outcomes — and the line between what’s productive and what’s detrimental is blurring as Netflix and other entertainment providers tackle mental health issues.
Blue Whale is widely reported to have started in Russia in 2013, though the first suicide apparently did not happen until two years later. Philipp Budeikin, a Russian national who as of May was 21, has taken credit for creating the “game.” Police arrested him last November, and he has pleaded guilty to inciting the suicides Read more
You don’t normally think of mental illness as the stuff of games, but Alana Zablocki believes bringing the two together can be a powerful force for greater understanding.
Kudos to web developer Madalyn Parker and her compassionate boss for helping us understand what “taking a mental health day” really is all about. Through this honest exchange, they took a strong swing at the stigma that too often still envelops illnesses of the brain.
Madalyn Parker sent an email to her team at work saying she’d be out of office for a few days to focus on her mental health. The response she received from her company’s CEO has sparked a larger discussion about what is a rarely-talked topic in the workplace.
Thousands of people on Twitter are responding to what this CEO said when his employee took a ‘mental health day off’
Madalyn Parker, a web developer from Olark Live Chat, took to Twitter to share what happened when she was upfront with her colleagues about taking sick leave for her mental well-being. Nearly 10,000 people have retweeted her latest tweet, and many are responding with their own stories — both positive and negative.
Once a taboo subject in newsrooms, a body of research going back for almost two decades shows that journalists can feel adverse psychological effects from their work in conflict zones.
Is online counseling just as effective as an in-person session? Does the treatment depend on the condition of the mental health issue? Larry speaks to two clinical psychologists about the pros and cons of seeing a virtual therapist.
Those sorts of Twitter sprees have become a regular tactic Trump employs against those he feels have wronged him. But they’re also the kind of cyberbullying that can wreak havoc on mental health, especially among young Americans—ironic considering that First Lady Melania Trump has expressed a desire to combat cyberbullying while still defending her husband, Read more
In 2016, social media started a dialogue on Black men’s mental health using the hashtag #YouGoodMan following the disclosure of mental health issues by rapper Kid Cudi. In a post on his Facebook page, Cudi stated he was seeking help to treat his anxiety and depression. Research shows that African Americans often under-utilize therapy compared Read more
Technology that compares your brain’s electrical activity to everyone else’s could revolutionize mental-health treatments—or worsen people’s obsessions with perfection.
The approach involves lay health workers in local communities as well as the use of digital platforms. Patients diagnosed with a mental health issue are referred to the friendship bench where they are met by a trained community counsellor who offers them counselling.
Telemedicine, which connects doctors and patients virtually, has made a big difference in North Texas schools for students with physical issues. This fall, the same technology will be available to connect students and their behavioral therapists in a pilot program from Children’s Health.
While digitisation and the application of technology has increased efficiency in the health care sector, mental health technology has lagged behind. Technology can offer a gateway to professional services for young people, allowing them to monitor their health, find ways of coping and to access support when they need it.
Your next doctor could very well be a bot. And bots, or automated programs, are likely to play a key role in finding cures for some of the most difficult-to-treat diseases and conditions.
suicide texting trial – The verdict concluded an emotionally draining weeklong trial in southeastern Massachusetts involving two troubled teenagers who had built a virtual relationship largely on texting from 2012 to 2014.
What we call “hypochondria” actually has many names: hypochondriasis, health anxiety, illness anxiety disorder, to name a few. And recent research shows that, with Google in our pockets, the condition is only becoming more common — and complex.
The Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA is one of a handful of hospitals and clinics nationwide that offer a treatment that works in a fundamentally different way than drugs. The technique, transcranial magnetic stimulation, beams targeted magnetic pulses deep inside patients’ brains — an approach that has been likened to rewiring Read more
UC scientists use artificial intelligence to accurately predict treatment outcomes for bipolar disorder
The artificial intelligence that can blow human pilots out of the sky in air-to-air combat accurately predicted treatment outcomes for bipolar disorder, according to a new medical study by the University of Cincinnati.
cyberbullying law – The law, which takes effect Sept. 1, requires school districts to include cyberbullying in their district bullying policies and notify a child’s parents if he or she is a victim or alleged aggressor of bullying, the governor’s office said.
Perhaps no endemic workplace condition causes more anguish among employees than the culture of contrived urgency, the ginned-up atmosphere of crisis, in which everything—every project, every report, every meeting—is an urgent priority, superseding all the other urgent priorities before it in the long queue.