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Category : Depression

Preventing Depression Among At-Risk Youth

Depression is common among adolescents worldwide, affecting an estimated 4–5 percent of adolescents each year. It can lead to serious social and educational difficulties and is also a major risk factor for suicide. Despite effective treatments, only about one in four youth with depression receive treatment. There are effective ways to prevent youth depression, yet few at-risk youths have access to prevention services.

Behavioral Activation Can Help with Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions and a major cause of disability. Medication and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are the most common and effective treatments, yet many people with depression do not get treatment.

Regular Outings to Theater, Concerts or Museums May Help Prevent Depression

Depression affects an estimated one in six people at some point in their lives. Older adults may be particularly vulnerable because of experiencing losses, living alone or poor health. A new study finds that engaging in cultural activities such as visiting museums or going to the theatre on a regular basis can help prevent depression.

Humor in Therapy

Humor and laughter, in addition to being fun and enjoyable, have many health benefits. Laughter can help people cope with stress, reduce anxiety and tension and serve as a coping mechanism. Humor may allow a person to feel in control of a situation and make it seem more manageable. By helping to reduce fear, anger and stress, humor can help minimize the potential harm they can have on the body over time.

More Alcohol Screening in Primary Care Could Help Reduce Unhealthy Alcohol Use

Alcohol use continues to be a major public health issue in the U.S. One in eight adults in the U. S. reports unhealthy alcohol use.  About 6 percent of adults (about 4 percent of women and almost 8 percent of men) meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder.