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Outdoor Light Linked with Teens’ Sleep and Mental Health
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Research shows that adolescents who live in areas that have high levels of artificial light at night tend to get less sleep and are more likely to have a mood disorder relative to teens who live in areas with low … Read More

Study Shows Highly Reproducible Sex Differences in Aspects of Human Brain Anatomy
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A scientific analysis of more than 2,000 brain scans found evidence for highly reproducible sex differences in the volume of certain regions in the human brain. This pattern of sex-based differences in brain volume corresponds with patterns of sex-chromosome gene … Read More

Adaptive Screener May Help Identify Youth at Risk of Suicide
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Researchers have developed a computerized adaptive screener to identify youth at risk for attempting suicide. The screener, called the computerized adaptive screen for suicidal youth (CASSY), consists of 11 questions on average and correctly identified 82.4% of youth who went … Read More

Using Mobile Technology to Improve Care for Teens with Depression
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Depression is a serious mood disorder that is especially common among teens, with up to 20% of adolescents experiencing a major depressive episode in the past year. The need for mental health services that help teens manage and treat their … Read More

Will hiding likes on Instagram and Facebook improve users’ mental health? We asked experts.
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By Allyson Chiu May 28, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. GMT+5:30 Facebook is touting its latest feature, which will allow Facebook and Instagram users to hide like counts on posts, as a move that aims to “depressurize” people’s experiences on its … Read More

The Influences of Social Media: Depression, Anxiety, and Self-Concept
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by Emily Baker, Eastern Illinois University The current study examined correlations between social media use and its effects on depression, anxiety, and changes in self-concept through quantitative and qualitative data. Variables included in the analysis of Study 1 were depression, … Read More