Various studies have pointed at the fact that social media can have a negative impact on one’s mental health, but the owners of popular networking sites have often avoided commenting on the issue. However, it seems researches conducted in this field have managed to influence some social media entrepreneurs, with Facebook recently admitting that social media can be bad for one’s mental well-being. In the company’s latest blog post, Facebook Director of Research David Ginsberg and Research Scientist. Along with social psychologist Moira Burke, acknowledged that social media can leave people “feeling worse.” While they argued how one used social media had a big impact on one’s overall well-being, they agreed that passively scrolling the news feed may make one feel bad. Continue reading
Millions of Americans face mental health problems; some speak about it and others choose to remain silent. The agencies at the federal and state levels are taking measures to expand health care services and reach out to as many people as possible, but their efforts are not enough to bring in the desired result. Continue reading
The prevalence of mental health problems and substance abuse are two of the most serious public health issues in the American society today. With each passing day, more individuals are falling prey to either or both of these. Although the federal government has been taking a number of steps to curb these issues, there is still a lot to achieve. Continue reading
Smartphones are often blamed for unhealthy lifestyle habits. However, if used in a proper way, it also helps the users improve their fitness and health while performing its other regular functions. In fact, it seems as though there is an app for every aspect of physical wellness nowadays.
The power of the media and its effects on people’s perception of mental health issues can be powerful. News outlets, magazines and social media cover stories that shape the public perspective on trending issues and events, some related to mental health.
Prejudiced beliefs that were once considered a normal part of life have been abandoned as people became more humane and informed. Many countries around the world have made strides in advocating for equal rights among all demographics. However, mental illness, it seems, is one of the last subjects up for discussion. Research points to a deeply-rooted stigma attached to mental illness, partially taught, partially due to ignorance and fear.