Instagram pictures can reveal a lot about mental health, study finds

Instagram pictures can reveal a lot about mental health, study finds

Can an analysis of colors provide vital clues about a person’s mental health? The answer may be in the affirmative as per findings of a new study listed in arXiv.org, Cornell University’s open access website for findings before they are published formally, on Aug.13, 2016.

In the study, the researchers created a computer algorithm to analyze Instagram posts of 166 individual users. The algorithm was designed to extract statistical information from 43,950 photos by analyzing their color and brightness, use of Instagram filters, number of faces in each photo and metadata including number of comments or likes. Read more

Are image editing apps fueling body dysmorphic disorder?

Are image editing apps fueling body dysmorphic disorder?

At times, the way people present themselves on various social media platforms can be an inspiration drawn from their favorite characters in fairytales, which always have a happy ending. In these tales, the characters need just a sip of the magic potion or a wave of the magic wand to achieve the desired looks. In digital context, that magic potion would be image editing apps that help make videos and photos look fairytale-like.

These apps help people put the best foot (face) forward and appear presentable in the digital world. It is like a daily make up for the social media personality. But what happens when one does not want to step out without this make up? How unhealthy are these apps and are they fueling body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) in a person suffering from body image and self-esteem issues? Read more

Nutritious food essential for uplifting mood

Nutritious food essential for uplifting mood

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

While most people know that food is directly related to their physical health, many now also believe that food is an integral part of mental health too. Due to the round-the-clock functioning of the brain, it becomes essential to nourish it by constantly supplying the fuel in the form of nutritious food, which directly affects the overall structure and working of the brain. In fact, nutrition can be a very important factor in the onset of mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, according to a study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Read more

7 ways to cope with schizophrenia

7 ways to cope with schizophrenia

“I survived schizophrenia and now I’m free to live life the way I want to” said Maria (name changed), 24, of Florida, after fighting with schizophrenia for years.  Maria had been suffering from delusions and hallucinations for some time and had become quite hopeless about her condition. However, fortunately, she came across a doctor and therapist who helped her manage her symptoms well. Read more