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March 01, 2024

Struggling with Screen Time: A Look at Internet Use Disorders

  • By John A. Fromson, M.D.
  • Addiction, Patients and Families

Internet use disorders are a growing concern in today’s technology-driven society, marked by excessive and compulsive use of the internet, leading to negative consequences in various aspects of an individual's life. Online activities of concern include overuse of social media sites, gaming, gambling, problematic use of online pornography, and other digital platforms. This is a global phenomenon affecting individuals of all ages

February 29, 2024

How to Discuss Controversial Issues with Your Mental Health in Mind

  • Healthy living for mental well-being, Patients and Families

As elections, wars, and other controversial events and issues swirl in the news feeds and on social media, you may have strong viewpoints and feel passionately about a cause. You will also encounter people who have an opposing view to yours — in your family, at work or school, on social media or somewhere else in your life.

February 29, 2024

Pets and Mental Health: 2024 Social Media Toolkit

  • Healthy living for mental well-being, Patients and Families, Public awareness

We're back again! March is here, and so is #Paws4MentalHealth, celebrating the mental health impact of our cats, dogs and other furry (and not furry) friends. Join the movement and take a "paws" in your day to share how your pets positively influence your well-being. Let's make this a month to remember! #Paws4MentalHealth

February 07, 2024

How to Reduce Loneliness

  • Healthy living for mental well-being, Patients and Families

Loneliness has been identified as a major public health concern with significant implications for physical health, mental health and well-being. APA’s latest Healthy Minds Monthly national poll found that 30% of adults say they have experienced feelings of loneliness at least once a week over the past year. Research has found that loneliness and social isolation may be as bad for your health as obesity or smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and significantly impacts mental health.(1) While it has been a concern for some time, the COVID-19 pandemic increased the problem as well as public awareness of the issue.

February 02, 2024

Understanding the Barriers to Coming Out for LGBTQ+ People of Color

  • LGBTQ+, Patients and Families

Even as societal attitudes and laws have shifted, many queer people from minority communities still stay in the closet. Understanding the reasons why can help health professionals better serve this group, and everyone to better understand the challenges this community faces.

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