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November 24, 2020
by Elizabeth Pratt

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How Social Media Is Used Determines Impact On Wellbeing

November 24, 2020 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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When it comes to overall wellbeing, how a person uses social media could have a significant impact. In a study from The University of British Columbia, Derrick Wirtz, an associate professor of teaching in psychology examined the use of three popular social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to see how the use of the platforms impacted the overall wellbeing of a person. [More]

November 10, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Emergency Doctors Have A Very High Need For Recovery According To New Study

November 10, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the BMJ Open looked at the need for recovery amongst emergency physicians in the UK and Ireland. “Our study is about using a tool called the Need for Recovery scale (NFR) to understand the physical and psychological impact of shift work in emergency departments in the UK and Ireland,” study author Laura Cottey told us. [More]

October 31, 2020
by Elizabeth Pratt

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The "Love Hormone" Oxytocin Can Cause Antisocial Behavior

October 31, 2020 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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The “love hormone” oxytocin can occasionally have anti-social effects depending on where in the brain it is created. Oxytocin, a hormone that can regulate prosocial behaviors like trust, bonding and empathy has also been demonstrated to play a role in anti-social behaviors like envy, anxiety and reduction in cooperation. How the hormone could have such opposing roles has long remained a mystery, but researchers from UC Davis have uncovered how this might happen. [More]

September 28, 2020
by Kimberly Lucey

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Walking Near Water Can Help Mental Health

September 28, 2020 14:20 by Kimberly Lucey  [About the Author]

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have turned to the outdoors for an escape. Some choose it for a change of scenery, fresh air, or exercise, while others are searching for a safe space to see friends and loved ones from a distance. Now, a study is showing the location where people choose to spend that outdoor time may play a big part in their mental well-being. [More]

June 12, 2020
by Kimberly Lucey

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Teachers Still Play Role in Supporting Student's Mental Health During Quarantine

June 12, 2020 05:00 by Kimberly Lucey  [About the Author]

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In-person learning has been canceled for most students for more than two months now, and for students most in need of emotional support, missing the classroom may be taking a big toll. "Even before the pandemic there were a lot of students at risk", says Dr. Glenn Albright, Ph.D. "Anxiety, depression, and substance abuse disorders can grow when a child is in a home where they don't feel safe." [More]

April 24, 2020
by Tina Arnoldi

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COVID-19 Health Care Workers and Mental Health

April 24, 2020 07:58 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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During the 2003 SARS outbreak, health care workers had concerns about infecting others and experienced stigma because they were in close contact with sick patients. A new study in JAMA looked at the mental health of 1,257 health care workers attending to COVID-19 patients in China since COVID-19 is our current concern. A large percentage reported depression, anxiety, insomnia, and distress. Findings suggest that these health care workers are at a significant risk of developing mental illness. [More]

April 24, 2020
by Kimberly Lucey

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Managing Mental Health for Healthcare Workers

April 24, 2020 05:00 by Kimberly Lucey  [About the Author]

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Going to work every day to help save other people's lives, while putting their own on the line, is something first responders are faced with every day. But in the era of COVID-19 that daily risk is even higher, and now doctors and nurses are finding themselves on the front lines. The fear and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 is taking a toll on everyone, but may hit these first responders especially hard. [More]