Emotional Health

Exercise a Prescription for Depression Prevention

You can reduce your risk of depression by 16 percent by exercising three times a week, Reuters reported Oct. 16. Each additional weekly exercise session reduced depression risk by 6 percent, according to researcher Snehal Pinto Pereira of University College London’s Institute of Child Health and colleagues. The study involved more than 11,000 adults whose mental […]

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Don’t Let Healthy Eating Slide into Obsession

Most Americans need to eat better, but a few of us take healthy eating to an extreme that can wind up being unhealthy, DailyBurn reported Oct. 7. The condition is called “orthorexia,” and is characterized by anxiety over consuming food considered unhealthy and the extreme pursuit of “purer” foods. In some cases, the result has been radical […]

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Not ‘Just a Facebook Friend’

Don’t discount your online relationships: to your brain, they may be just as real as the ones you have with the neighbors and friends you see every day, the Atlantic reported Oct. 2. Paul J. Zak, a professor of neuro-economics at Claremont Graduate University, compared virtual and real relationships and found very little difference between […]

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For Happiest Societies, Look South

Costa Rica and Panama score highest on an annual index of the world’s happiest places, while the United States doesn’t even crack the top 10, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The Americas, overall, had the highest percentage of citizens considered “thriving” under at least three out of five of the Index’s well-being criteria: purpose, […]

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Shaming People About Their Weight Often Backfires

Criticizing people about their excessive weight isn’t just mean, it’s ineffectual. A study from the U.K. found that those who were “fat shamed” actually gained more weight compared to people who did not report weight-based discrimination. LiveScience reported Sept. 11 that about 5 percent of adults surveyed said they had been discriminated against because of […]

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In Marriage, Men’s Happiness More Dependent on Wives’

Men who keep their wives happy profit by being more satisfied with their lives themselves, Fox News reported Sept. 9. “Older husbands and wives in better marriages are more satisfied with their lives,” said study co-author Vicki Freedman of the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. “But overall life satisfaction for an unhappily married […]

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Great Apps for Staying Sharp and Easing Stress

A smartphone app alone may not be enough to maintain your well-being, but DailyBurn reported Sept. 9 on some apps that can effectively boost your mental health, including: Luminosity: games to improve memory, attention, problem solving, processing speed, and flexibility of thinking. CogniFit Brain Fitness: games that aid memory and concentration Personal Zen: anxiety fighting game that […]

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40 Percent of People with Mental Illness Don’t Get Help

Stigma against people with mental illness is a major reason why four out of 10 people with mental-health problems don’t receive care, PsychCentral reported Sept. 7. It’s also a prime factor in people failing to complete treatment even when they seek it out, researchers say. “The prejudice and discrimination of mental illness is as disabling as […]

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800,000 People Commit Suicide Every Year

If suicide was a war, it would be an epic slaughter: the World Health Organization (WHO) says more than 800,000 people worldwide commit suicide each year. Reuters reported Sept. 8 that a new WHO report finds that suicides are most common among people ages 70 and older, but also is the second-leading cause of death […]

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Well-Being Scores Lower Among Gay and Lesbian Americans

Well-being scores among gay and lesbian Americans lag behind those of heterosexual men and women, according to data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The average well-being score among Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) is 58, compared to an average score of 62 among non-LGBT Americans. LGBT men scored an average of […]

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