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Like hunger or thirst, loneliness in seniors can be eased

Like hunger or thirst, loneliness in seniors can be eased

It’s widely believed that older age is darkened by persistent loneliness. But a considerable body of research confirms this isn’t the case. In fact, loneliness is the exception rather than the rule in later life. And when it occurs, it can be alleviated: It’s a mutable psychological state.

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Help the homeless with the rent to cut Medicaid costs, advocates say

Help the homeless with the rent to cut Medicaid costs, advocates say

Helping homeless Medicaid patients in California pay for rent could curb their frequent emergency room visits and save the state’s Medi-Cal program millions of dollars a year, state housing and health care advocates say.

May 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Getting the mentally lll out of jails

Getting the mentally lll out of jails

By Michael Ollove Stateline A dearth of beds at state psychiatric hospitals in many parts of the country and shortages of mental health resources mean that mentally ill people who commit minor crimes often end up languishing in jails, which are poorly equipped to handle their illnesses. It’s a difficult problem that, without intervention, creates […]

April 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
A bit of existentialism for what ails you

A bit of existentialism for what ails you

By Brendan Canavan, Senior Lecturer in Marketing University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. Forget about mindfulness and clean eating – at a time when we appear to be experiencing rising levels of anxiety, narcissism and unhappiness, existentialism may be the philosophy to adopt to improve your mental well-being. Existentialist philosophy explores what it means to be human, […]

March 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Social media is not to blame for depression in young people

Social media is not to blame for depression in young people

By Niall McCrae, Lecturer in Mental Health, King’s College London, London, UK For all we hear about an escalation in mental health problems in adolescence, there is no persuasive evidence that the internet is to blame. My colleagues and I recently conducted a systematic review of the evidence and found only a weak correlation between teenagers’ […]

March 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Internet’s cloak of invisibility: How trolls are made

Internet’s cloak of invisibility: How trolls are made

By Pam Ramsden, Lecturer in Psychology University of Bradford,  Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. Milo Yiannopoulos, a right-wing American journalist who is proud of his abusive online posts, was permanently banned from Twitter last year after a particularly offensive tirade. Yiannopoulos has often been described as a professional troll. So what makes a troll – professional or […]

February 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Depression now leading cause of disability worldwide – WHO

Depression now leading cause of disability worldwide – WHO

From the World Health Organization: Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, the United Nations health agency today reported, estimating that it affects more than 300 million people worldwide – the majority of them women, young people and the elderly.

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
ACA repeal seen as thwarting state addiction efforts

ACA repeal seen as thwarting state addiction efforts

By Christine Vestal Stateline In the three years since the Affordable Care Act took effect, its federally funded expansion of Medicaid to low-income adults has become the states’ most powerful weapon in the battle against the nation’s worsening opioid epidemic. Now, as Congress and President Donald Trump debate potential replacements for the law, governors, health […]

February 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Washington state ranked 23rd on well-being index

Washington state ranked 23rd on well-being index

Washington state ranked just 23rd among the 50 states in the latest Gallup-Healthways well-being ratings. Hawaii was ranked first. West Virginia, last. Oregon came in just behind Washington, ranking 24th. Idaho came in ahead at 18. The ratings grade the states on five elements of well-being: Purpose: liking what you do each day and being […]

February 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
How do we measure well-being?

How do we measure well-being?

By Henry S. Richardson, Georgetown University and Erik Schokkaert, University of Leuven Opinions differ on the definition of well-being. Yet there’s a growing consensus that it cannot be reduced to material consumption and that other aspects of life, such as health and good social relations, are essential to being well. Increasing well-being is generally accepted as […]

January 25, 2017 | By | Reply More