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Children of depressed parents suffer inadvertent effects—these mental health interventions can help

The children of depressed parents could be at an increased risk of developing depression or other mental health disorders. Our external environment, in addition to our parent’s own experience with mental health conditions, may set into motion subtle shifts in our genetics; one allele, in particular, might leave kids vulnerable…

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month (MMHAM): An opportunity to celebrate cultural identity, do a mental health check-in, and lift each other up

MMHAM offers a special opportunity this July for people of all backgrounds to evaluate their cultural identity and take stock of their mental health.  Race and mental illness are touchy subjects for most of us, and if you’re multi-racial, Black, or Asian American, racial identity can feel like a burden….

Why do people like true crime before bedtime? Murder media as a psychological coping strategy

True crime documentaries, true crime podcasts, and other forms of murder media continue to be a growing obsession in the United States and beyond — especially among women. Murder media can have positive psychological effects on its mostly female audience, whether they’re motivated by hedonistic (pleasure-seeking) or eudaimonic (meaning-seeking) reasons….

Overcoming telephone phobia: When you jump through hoops to avoid “jumping on a call” 

People text more and make fewer voice calls than they did a decade ago. For some people, that reluctance to make and receive calls is caused by telephonophobia, or phone anxiety.  Phone calls can make people feel ambushed, trapped, or acutely self-conscious—but fortunately, there are different approaches that may help…

Do you really have to quit your job to find yourself? The positive psychology driving the Great Resignation of 2021

Over 40% of the workforce is thinking about resigning this year—after rethinking their priorities during the pandemic, workers are looking for more meaning, more autonomy, and more flexibility in their jobs.  Today’s workers are expected to be emotionally involved in their jobs, and can feel as if they’re missing out…

Post-pandemic parenting: Tips for socializing kids and encouraging personal growth in adolescents, teens

If you’re a parent, you’re probably wondering (and worrying about) how your kids are doing post-pandemic.  While virtual learning enabled kids to continue learning amid Covid-19, experts say they may need some extra time and space to re-adjust before they head back to the classroom.  Whether you have younger or…

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