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Why Are Bullies So Mean? A Youth Psychology Expert Explains What’s Behind Their Harmful Behavior

Being bullied can make your life miserable, and decades of research prove it: Bullied children and teens are at risk for anxiety, depression, dropping out of school, peer rejection, social isolation and self-harm. Read more ›

Giving Thanks Can Make You Happier

Each holiday season comes with high expectations for a cozy and festive time of year. However, for many this time of year is tinged with sadness, anxiety, or depression.

Certainly, major depression or a severe anxiety disorder benefits most from professional help. But what about those who just feel lost or overwhelmed or down at this time of year? Read more ›

How Daily Moments of Joy Can Help Long-Term Well-Being

An analysis released from scientists behind a research initiative called the BIG JOY Project finds that people who commit daily “micro-acts” of joy experience about a 25% increase in emotional well-being over the course of a week. Read more ›

Developmental Dyslexia Was Essential For Human Survival and Still Has Benefits Today

As the most common cause of spelling, reading, and writing difficulties, dyslexia affects about 15% to 20% of the population. It’s a learning difficulty that does not discriminate, as it affects the general population nearly equally, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic background. Read more ›

America Has a Loneliness Epidemic. Here Are 6 Steps to Address It

According to a new advisory from the U.S. Surgeon General titled “Our Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation,”  even before the COVID-19 pandemic, about half of U.S. adults reported experiencing measurable levels of loneliness. Read more ›

Loneliness Damages Not Just Children’s Mental Health, But Their Grades As Well

Children who feel lonely are more likely to leave school with worse grades than classmates who never experience loneliness. Read more ›

The State of Mental Health in America 2023 [downloadable]

Mental Health America (MHA) released new state rankings in its most recent report,  2023 State of Mental Health in America.   Read more ›

Gen Z Mental Health: The Impact of Tech and Social Media

A McKinsey Health Institute (MHI) survey finds that Gen Z’s social media engagement can feel negative but can also help with finding mental health support and connectivity. Read more ›

The Truth About Teens, Social Media and the Mental Health Crisis

Back in 2017, psychologist Jean Twenge set off a firestorm in the field of psychology. Twenge warned of a mental health crisis on the horizon. Rates of depression, anxiety and loneliness were rising. And she had a hypothesis for the cause: smartphones and all the social media that comes along with them. Read more ›

How to Help Young People Limit Screen Time — and Feel Better About How They Look

U.S. teens spend more than eight hours a day on screens, and there’s growing concern over how social media may affect their mental health. Now, a study published by the American Psychological Association, validates what some parents have experienced when their teenagers cut back: They seem to feel better about themselves. Read more ›

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