The Availability Heuristic and You

Alright, you’ve read this blog before, right? So, what do I hate more than almost anything else, despite the fact that I just can’t stop checking it? Yes, social media. I’ve written over and over and over about how evil it is and how much harm it can cause and blah, blah, blah… (Okay, yes, … Continue reading The Availability Heuristic and You

“People who conquered depression and/or anxiety, what’s the #1 factor that helps you?”

As some of my prior entries have indicated, I’m a big fan of Reddit. If you use it the right way it can be hilarious, inspirational and adorable. One of the more popular subreddits – and certainly one of my favorites – is AskReddit. In AskReddit, users can post a question to the Reddit community. … Continue reading “People who conquered depression and/or anxiety, what’s the #1 factor that helps you?”

The news isn’t completely terrible: 3 Reasons to be hopeful in our ongoing mental health crisis

I’ve written a lot about just how bad things are in the universe of mental health. Rates of depression and anxiety illness are rising, particularly among our youngest and college students, and suicide rates are hitting highs which haven’t been seen since World War II. This, of course, is terrible. Still, life could be a … Continue reading The news isn’t completely terrible: 3 Reasons to be hopeful in our ongoing mental health crisis

The Canary in the Coal Mine: Mental Illness in College Students

NPR has great article on the mental health “epidemic” in colleges, inspired by The Stressed Years of Their Lives by Dr. Anthony Rostain, which looks at the mental health crisis among college students. College students, like other demographics, are seeing major increases in mental illnesses. Among the rather depressing (no pun intended) statistics: 44% of college … Continue reading The Canary in the Coal Mine: Mental Illness in College Students

I’m just gonna try to make you smile for a second: Here are seven subreddits you should look at

Does the internet help with depression in the long term? Social media definitely doesn’t. But, that’s not to say that all social media is evil. Some of it is downright wonderful. One of the most popular social media/internet forums is Reddit. Reddit, for those of you who don’t know, is one of the longest running … Continue reading I’m just gonna try to make you smile for a second: Here are seven subreddits you should look at

Mental Heath & The Holidays

This entry originally appeared in November 2017, and for Thanksgiving, but I think the lessons certainly still apply. To all who celebrate, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays! —- Gobble gobble! Now that the obligatory greeting is out of the way, here’s another: Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope that, for whatever struggles you are currently enduring, you … Continue reading Mental Heath & The Holidays

Two major mental health trends, with one unifying theme

Two articles jumped out at me over this weekend. The first was this extremely long and in-depth look at a major suicide study done decades ago, which showed that even the occasional letter from a therapist can get someone through a crisis and significantly reduce suicide rates. The second touches on the topic you’ve all … Continue reading Two major mental health trends, with one unifying theme

Your smartphone can tell if you’re depressed

You know how I’ve written about how social media and phones can cause depression? Well, it turns out, your phone can also tell if you are depressed. The study, from the University of Stanford, shows that face and speech software on your phone can detect depression based on your facial expressions and speech patterns: The … Continue reading Your smartphone can tell if you’re depressed

Using Facebook to diagnosis depression

I came across this article in Medical News Today, which reviews a study done in the medical journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. To make a long story short, the study reviews Facebook data and medical records, analyzing information posted by the more than 100 people who had been diagnosed with depression. While there is … Continue reading Using Facebook to diagnosis depression