APA Blog

Category : Anxiety

Loneliness and Social Isolation Can be a Concern at Any Age

Social isolation and loneliness are common and concerning, and not just for older adults, according to a new international survey from Kaiser Family Foundation and The Economist. Overall more than one in five adults in the U.S. reported that they often or always feel lonely, feel they lack companionship or feel left out or isolated from others. Among adults 18 to 49, 24 percent reported experiencing loneliness compared to 20 percent of adults 50 and over. People with mental illness were much more likely to feel lonely (47 percent).

Self-Talk: Are there Potential Benefits of Talking to Yourself?

Most of us talk to ourselves occasionally, some more than others. “We all have an internal monologue that we engage in from time to time; an inner voice that guides our moment-to-moment reflections,” notes researcher Jason S. Moser, Ph.D., with Michigan State University. But is talking to yourself a good thing? Can it actually be beneficial? It may depend on how you do it.

Volunteers Helping to Ease Stress in the Emergency Room

An estimated one in eight emergency room visits involves a mental health and/or substance use condition, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. All too often when people go to emergency rooms with psychiatric conditions they end up waiting much longer than people with other health concerns.

Heat Waves Contribute to Poorer Mental Health and Increase in Suicides

Heat waves leave most of us a bit cranky and uncomfortable. They can also have serious health consequences, including for mental health. New research is shedding light on heat’s impact on mental health and on suicide rates. People with existing mental illnesses are particularly vulnerable to problems associated with long periods of high temperatures.

Health Anxiety Fueled by Online Searching

Most people worry about their health sometimes—more than two-thirds of us are anxious about our health, according to an American Psychiatric Association national poll released in May. We may do a quick Google search, take a look on WebMD or use a handy symptom checker for some basic information and reassurance. But for some, the worry and anxiety become severe, intense and persistent. The extensive amounts of health information easily available on the internet may worsen the problem.