Tag Archives: Mental health

Why so serious? The untapped value of positive psychology

www.shutterstock.com Tim Lomas, University of East London All we can ever hope to do, Sigmund Freud once wrote, is “to change neurotic misery into common unhappiness”. This pessimistic statement from arguably the most influential psychological theorist of modern times captured the mood that prevailed in psychology through most of the 20th century. That is, most psychologists, psychiatrists and psychoanalysts were …

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Doomscrolling COVID news takes an emotional toll – here’s how to make your social media a happier place

insta_photos/Shutterstock Kathryn Buchanan, University of Essex; Gillian Sandstrom, University of Essex; Lara Aknin, Simon Fraser University, and Shaaba Lotun, University of Essex Picture this: it’s April 2020, you’re between Zoom meetings, and scrolling through your social media newsfeed. Headlines like “Death toll continues to rise”, “COVID-19 may cause long-term health implications” and “Health-care systems overwhelmed” flash across your screen. Your …

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Facebook has known for a year and a half that Instagram is bad for teens despite claiming otherwise – here are the harms researchers have been documenting for years

Instagram’s emphasis on filtered photos of bodies harms girls’ self-image. Thomas Barwick/DigitalVision via Getty Images Christia Spears Brown, University of Kentucky Facebook officials had internal research in March 2020 showing that Instagram – the social media platform most used by adolescents – is harmful to teen girls’ body image and well-being but swept those findings under the rug to continue …

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Children who eat more fruits and vegetables have better mental health – new study

Primary and secondary school students who ate five servings of fruit or veg daily had better mental wellbeing. Monkey Business Images/ Shutterstock Ailsa Welch, University of East Anglia and Richard PG Hayhoe, Anglia Ruskin University Around 10%-20% of adolescents globally suffer from a mental health condition, such as anxiety or depression, according to the World Health Organization. It’s also been …

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Writing can improve mental health – here’s how

Any kind of writing can help. Yulia Grigoryeva/ Shutterstock Christina Thatcher, Cardiff Metropolitan University Ernest Hemingway famously said that writers should “write hard and clear about what hurts”. Although Hemingway may not have known it at the time, research has now shown that writing about “what hurts” can help improve our mental health. There are more than 200 studies that …

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Ramadan: four tips to help you eat right and stay healthy

Ramadan is celebrated once every year. Zurijeta/ Shutterstock Ayaz Safi, University of Westminster Ramadan began on April 13 this year, and is one of the most important months of the year for Muslims. For the month of Ramadan, the majority of Muslims will fast during daylight hours and cannot eat or drink until the sun sets – after which many …

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Child abuse and neglect: new evidence they can cause mental health problems

Our study is the first to show that childhood maltreatment, at least in part, causes poorer mental health. Master1305/ Shutterstock Varun Warrier, University of Cambridge; Charlotte Cecil, Erasmus University Medical Center, and Marinus van IJzendoorn, University of Cambridge It’s not surprising to learn that people who experience maltreatment in childhood – such as abuse or neglect – are more likely …

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