How Do You Use Social Media?

In an age where Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social networking websites hoover up an inordinate amount of our time, people are increasingly questioning the value of these interactions and their impact on our mental health. Many are wondering about their own use of these tools or see a friend or family member glued to their screen and wonder how this type of 'social interaction' might be impacting their mood. 

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Mental Health Indicators for Canada

A preliminary report entitled Informing the Future: Mental Health Indicators for Canada was released today by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). You can check it out here. The purpose of the report is to put together a more complete picture of mental health in Canada than we currently have and answer questions such as, how many Canadians experience positive mental health? How many suffer from common mental health conditions? 

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Identifying Depression

There has been a lot of talk lately on some recent research out of Chicago that suggests that depression can be detected using a blood test. More specifically, researchers have published their findings that suggest that certain genetic markers differ between individuals that meet the researchers’ criteria for major depressive disorder and those that do not. Furthermore, they concluded that markers could also help to delineate whether cognitive behavioural therapy would be helpful for a given person, and could potentially be used to help determine whether treatment is working throughout the treatment process.

These findings have been met with mixed reactions.

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