Will a New Bill Protect Kids From Social Media?

I came across an article on The Wall Street Journal about a recent bill passed in California requiring social media companies to consider children’s mental health. To summarize, this bill will require any business likely to be accessed by children to meet certain requirements. Those requirements include privacy settings in clear language suited to the … Read more

We’re Increasingly Disconnected and That Has Consequences

Sept. 16, 2022 — You brought your computer home from work “for 2 weeks” in March 2020 and stayed home for 2 years. Schools went virtual. Club meetings got canceled. Gym closed. Friends and family became off-limits. Remember avoiding other people on the street? It’s gotten better since the outbreak, but we’ve remained in relative … Read more

TikTok’s Impact on Adolescent Mental Health

For younger generations, TikTok is a go-to site for those who like short and catchy video clips. As a social media platform that allows concise video sharing, TikTok has over 1 billion monthly global users. Because of its platform size, a plethora of resources, and influence on media discourse, TikTok is the place for content … Read more

Clean House, Healthy Mind? Chores May Lower Dementia Risk

Participating in certain physical and mentally stimulating activities may be protective against dementia, new research suggests. In a large prospective cohort study, individuals who regularly engaged in stenuous exercise had a 35% less risk of dementia, those who consistently did household chores had a 21% lower risk, and those who reported seeing friends and family … Read more

Can Science Quell the Social Media/Mental Health Crisis?

Every day, another news article shines an alarming spotlight on worsening mental health problems faced by kids and teens. In my work as a psychiatrist, I’ve unfortunately witnessed this reality as rates of hopelessness, increased suicidal thinking, and anxiety increase. While I do what I can in my own practice to help kids and teens, … Read more

A Cautionary Tale of Addiction

I bet you or someone you know bought a meme stock or meme coin in the past year. It was all the rage and probably induced some feelings of FOMO (fear of missing out). Even if you weren’t involved, you probably saw a headline on the news or even browsed r/wallstreetbets to see what was … Read more

Who Is Most Concerned With Self-presentation on Social Media?

The study covered in this summary was published in Research Square as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaways A high focus on self-presentation was associated with female gender, higher extraversion, lower emotional stability, more frequent alcohol consumption, and having tried tobacco. Given the association of aspects of self-presentation with negative … Read more

The Intersection of Culture and Mental Health

Mental health was not a topic of conversation growing up; in fact, it was a taboo subject. Even after all this time and conversation in the media about mental health, there is a feeling of shame and humility that weighs heavily in the room when I bring up mental health and mental illness. Interestingly, there … Read more

Using Ecological Systems Theory in Student Trauma During COVID-19

The study covered in this summary was published on medRxiv.org as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaways The factors exposed to and the potential underlying causes for the underperformance of trauma-impacted students were framed in Bronfenenner’s ecological systems theory (EST). EST views child development as a complex system of relationships … Read more