Experimental App: Using Passive Phone Data to Monitor Your Mental Health

Your phone’s accelerometer, microphone, location sensor and light sensors provide an app all the data it needs to identify mental health problems – in real time. Full Story

Wellness

Want to be happier (and avoid relapse?) Well, leave the car at home and walk, cycle or bus to work. Researchers say active commuting leads to substantial psychological health gains.

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Acts of Kindness
Acts of Kindness Reduce Anxiety © Viewminder

Researchers say that not only do random acts of kindness make us feel happier; they can also reduce the severity of social anxiety disorder symptoms.

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Stress and Mental Illness
Teen Stress Ups Adult Mental Illness Risk © Zalouk Webdesign

For people already predisposed to mental illness (people with mental illness in the immediate family, for example) experiencing stress during adolescence likely increases the risk of experiencing mental illness as an adult.

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Depression Research
Diet Soda Drinkers More Prone to Depression © S. Diddy

In a study which shows an association, but no causality – researchers find that people who drink 4 or more cans of diet soda per day are 31% more likely to get depression than people who do not drink sweetened beverages.

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Self-Help
To Stop Negative Thoughts - Write Down and Toss Out © PhotoSteve101

Unwanted negative thoughts – researchers say you can eliminate their power by writing them down on paper and then throwing that paper in a trash can.

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Life Satisfaction
Research: More Exercise = More Life Satisfaction © wvs

Penn State researchers say you can improve your sense of well-being and life satisfaction by exercising just a little bit harder or for just a little bit longer than you normally do.

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Happiness
Upping Fruits and Veggies Boosts Mental Health © Martin Cathrae

Researchers say that people who eat more fruits and vegetables, up to a cap at 7 servings per day, are happier and have fewer mental health problems

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Phone Therapy
Study: Phone CBT Works as Well as In-Person CBT © Splityarn

After sifting through the data from a huge study, English researchers say phone-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) works as well as in person therapy for people with mild to moderate depression and anxiety.

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Healthy Lifestyles
Positive Outlook Leads to a Healthier Lifestyle © Alan Cleaver

Researchers say mental outlook has a great influence on overall health. People who believe in fate or luck are more likely to binge drink, overeat and smoke cigarettes while people who believe their choices matter tend to adopt healthier lifestyle habits.

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Depression
Overnight TV Light Exposure Ups Depression Risk © Mishadenisov

Sleeping while exposed to low levels of artificial light, like from a TV or computer screen in a darkened room, likely increases your risk of depression, as well as obesity and certain cancers.

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Motivational Interviewing
Phone Therapy Helps Vets with Mental Illness © Mugley

New study shows that telephone based motivational interviewing therapy helps convince people with mental illness to initiate the treatment they need.

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Teen Mental Health
Compassion Training Improves Mental Health © Recompose

Teens in the Georgia foster care system given 6 weeks of cognitively based compassion training made greater improvements in mental and physical health than teens given no such training.

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Bipolar Depression
Ketamine Zaps Bipolar Depression in Minutes © Seanbjack

Researchers at the National Institute of Health say that a single dose of Ketamine eliminates depressive symptoms within minutes of administration for people with bipolar depression.

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Teen Stress Ups Adult Mental Illness Risk
Teen Stress Linked to Adult Mental Illnesses like Major Depression and Schizophrenia © Zalouk Webdesign
For people already predisposed to mental illness (people with mental illness in the immediate family, for example) experiencing stress during adolescence likely increases the risk of experiencing mental illness as an adult. Read Article
Emotional Health January 17, 2013 (2)
To Stop Negative Thoughts - Write Down and Toss Out
Research: To Purge Negative Thoughts, Just Write Them Down and Throw Them in the Trash © PhotoSteve101
Unwanted negative thoughts – researchers say you can eliminate their power by writing them down on paper and then throwing that paper in a trash can. Read Article
Emotional Health November 27, 2012
Acts of Kindness Reduce Anxiety
Acts of Kindness Reduce Social Anxiety and Increase Happiness © Viewminder
Researchers say that not only do random acts of kindness make us feel happier; they can also reduce the severity of social anxiety disorder symptoms. Read Article
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