After a successful launch on the pediatric inpatient units, the Journals of Hope Program has expanded into the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where patients and families can find strength and hope through the power of writing.
Posting photos on social media can accomplish more than just showing off your photography skills. According to a study published in Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, taking a photo each day and posting it online with a caption may actually support improved well-being.
Researchers examined the photos and captions study participants posted daily for a year on Instagram, as well as how the amateur photographers interacted with people who commented on the photos. Among the findings were that taking time away from a stressful period of work, for example, to take a simple photograph of something outside the office window provided a few relaxing moments that felt very therapeutic. Others noted that getting outside to take pictures got them up and moving about more, which boosted their mood. And still other “photographers” found some uplifting validation when their photos received positive feedback online. Some participants found that they enjoyed looking back through their own photographs because they reminded them of happy, simple moments of the past year.
The researchers suggest that taking pictures and sharing them are simple examples of “meaning making,” a psychological term that refers to how a person makes sense of the relationships and situations in his or her life.
This article originally appeared in Mind, Mood & Memory, a publication of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, dedicated to maintaining mental fitness for middle age and beyond.
- Jan | 22 | 2021
Dismorfia de Zoom: Cómo las llamadas frecuentes por Zoom podrían estar cambiando la forma en que nos percibimos a nosotros mismos
Al principio parecía inofensivo, pero a medida que la pandemia continúa, no puedo evitar darme cuenta de cómo las llamadas de Zoom podrían estar desencadenando nuevas inseguridades. ¿Siempre hemos tenido este aspecto? ¿Estamos utilizando filtros para mejorar nuestra apariencia?
- Patient Education
- Jan | 21 | 2021
With recommendations to stay at home this winter to help stop the spread of COVID-19, David Mischoulon, MD, PhD, offers insights on SAD and how to stay well at home this winter.
- Dec | 9 | 2020
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- Dec | 4 | 2020
In this recent presentation, Kristina Skarbinski, MSN, FNP-BC, describes both common and uncommon symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). She then outlines management strategies including lifestyle modifications, types of medicine and surgical options.
- Nov | 24 | 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the delivery of mental health care. In addition, there is increasing evidence of a sudden need for mental and behavioral health care. As a result, there has been a quick expansion of telemental health.