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Friday Roundup – There’s No Crying in Unemployment, B90X, and More

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Friday Roundup – The Latest in Mental Health News

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No Employment, No Cry

According to U.S. News & World Report, college graduates face an increasing likelihood of dealing with depression after leaving school. This is especially true if students have no structured employment plans. Isolation is a common symptom recent graduates experience when down or depressed. Several factors contribute to developing depression after graduating college, including loss of identity, unreasonable expectations, financial stress, and family pressure. Vicki Hays, director of Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Michigan, comments on how common depression is among college graduates.

“I think it’s much harder actually leaving college than it is coming to college,” she says. “Leaving is something completely new. For most people, they have not been without the structure of organized education ever in their lives.”

Instagram, Facebook, and Rock&Roll

The Washington Post reports that American teens are drinking less, smoking less, and fighting less, according to a survey conducted every other year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The report also finds, however, that teenagers are spending more time on their computers and phones when it’s not work or school-related. Teens are spending 41 percent of their time on screens today compared to 31 percent in 2011. Increased screen times can isolate teens and distract them from other healthy activities.

Your Brain on Schizophrenia

A study recently published in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry finds cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) as an effective treatment approach for adolescents experiencing cognitive difficulties related to early onset schizophrenia. The study’s researchers, from the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Spain found significant improvement in executive functioning and verbal memory post-CRT trials.

Teen SxTinG = 🙁

Middle schoolers who sext are more likely to engage in real-life sex, according to a study recently published in the American Academy of Pediatrics and as reported by U.S. News & World Report.

Though the phrase itself has been around for only a decade, “sexting” has become a normalized aspect of the technological era. Hearing that older teens and adults are frequently involved in the act of sending and receiving sexually explicit text messages seems as American as apple pie. That the trend has trickled down to younger teens and adolescents, however, is a disturbing statistic. According to US News, a new study finds that younger teen students are actively engaging in sexting, and those who do are six times more likely to report engaging in sexual activity.

Speaking of Sex, Stop Obsessing

A study, recently published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine (who knew?), finds individuals who constantly ponder if their partners love them or if they’re with “the one” may be exhibiting symptoms of a condition known as “relationship obsessive-compulsive disorder (ROCD).” As reported by the Huffington Post, people with ROCD symptoms are less likely to enjoy sex than those who aren’t as questioning.

“This lower level of sexual satisfaction was explained by a decrease in relationship satisfaction — in other words, it seems that ROCD symptoms reduce relationship happiness, which, in turn, affects sex life, the researchers said.”

Beef Up Your Brain: B90X (get it?)

The brain is amazing. I know this. You know this. Brain doctors know this. Do as CNN’s brain specialist, Jaytri Das, suggests and get to know the parts of your brain more thoroughly. Das discusses how increasing knowledge of the way your brain works can increase your brain’s functioning.

Telling Our Stories

It’s important to share your journey with others. In an effort to bring mental illness out of the shadows and reduce stigma, we are especially interested in hearing about you and your stories related to mental health. Be sure to visit Healthshire’s “Telling Our Stories” section. Spend some time reading the stories or submit your own!

This week’s roundup is dedicated to America’s 238th Birthday!

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