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February 14, 2019

What Happens When You Quit, or at Least Really Cut Back, Your Social Media Use?

  • Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Patients and Families

For many people, checking social media regularly and spending a lot of time on it is a part of everyday life. But what is the impact on your well-being if you just quit for a while, or at least significantly cut back? You’ll probably be at least a little bit better off, according to a couple of recent studies. Substantial research over the past few years has linked social media use with reduced well-being, sleep problems and increased loneliness, depression and mental distress.

February 01, 2019

Eating Disorders, Weight-Shaming and “Clean” Eating

  • Addiction, Eating Disorders, Patients and Families, Women

Eating disorders affect all kinds of people: women, men, young and old and from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Many factors likely contribute to developing eating disorders, including a range of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors. Having a close relative with an eating disorder or a history of dieting are risk factors. High levels of body image dissatisfaction and setting unrealistically high expectations for oneself (perfectionism) also increase the risk

January 23, 2019

Increase in Teen Vaping Raises Concerns

  • Addiction, Patients and Families

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) late last year new released new research showing that more than 3.6 million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in 2018, a significant increase from 2017. More than one in five high school seniors (21 percent) used e-cigarettes, nearly double the number in 2017 (11 percent).

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