Social anxiety disorder may increase risk of alcoholism

New research published in Depression and Anxietyindicates that, unlike other anxiety disorders, social anxiety disorder may have a direct effect on alcoholism. Continue reading “Social anxiety disorder may increase risk of alcoholism”

Grief can hurt — in more ways than one

We tend to think of grieving as an emotional experience, and it is — fraught with intense sadness, profound loss, and psychological pain. But grief has a physical side that sets us up for a number of health risks. “Most of these side effects are the result of emotional distress responses,” explains Dr. Maureen Malin, a geriatric psychiatrist with Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital. Whether you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, a job, a home, or a beloved pet, it’s important to understand how the process puts your health in jeopardy. Continue reading “Grief can hurt — in more ways than one”

Negative experiences on social media tied to higher odds of feeling lonely

Positive interactions on social media are not making young adults feel more connected, whereas negative experiences increase the likelihood of them reporting loneliness, scientists with the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Media Technology and Health (MTH) report today in the American Journal of Health Promotion. Continue reading “Negative experiences on social media tied to higher odds of feeling lonely”

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