Social Media can Be Good or Bad For Our Mental Health, Depending on Who We Follow
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Social Media can Be Good or Bad For Our Mental Health, Depending on Who We Follow

(ed note, updated in Dec 2020) I write often about the connection between social media use and mental health. If you’ve seen any of my previous posts, you know that I tend to be doubtful of there being any direct tie between simply using social media, and being depressed. Rather, I think it really depends…

Good News, Bad News Creating an Untenable Situation for Mental Health

Good News, Bad News Creating an Untenable Situation for Mental Health

First, the good news. This article is from Australia, but I feel fairly confident that we’d see similar results in other countries. More and more Australians are being diagnosed with depression and anxiety. But this doesn’t mean Australians’ mental health is worsening. What they did was look back at not just rates of diagnosis, but…

Robin Lehner Fighting Stigma at NHL Awards

Robin Lehner Fighting Stigma at NHL Awards

I’ve never been prouder to be a hockey fan, or a New York Islanders fans, and that includes all the years they were winning Stanley Cups. Such a strong statement. “I’m not ashamed to say I’m mentally ill, but that doesn’t mean I’m mentally weak.” We couldn’t be more proud of you, @RobinLehner. pic.twitter.com/uzWArW2sZx —…

In Order to Learn, We Need to Unlearn
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In Order to Learn, We Need to Unlearn

“What is the first business of one who practices philosophy? To get rid of self-conceit. For it is impossible for anyone to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows.” -Epictetus, Discourses, Book II, ch. 17 A couple of years back, I shared an article about learning based on this quote. I shared…

There Are Lots of People “Not Like You” and That’s Fine
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There Are Lots of People “Not Like You” and That’s Fine

I was reading an article recently written by college professor Rupert W Nacoste Ph.D. on Psychology Today’s website. In it, he talks about a student who suggested he include mental health conditions as an example of neo-diversity. It’s an interesting article, on a couple of levels. First, the reality of how much we can negatively…