Episode 34: Community, by host, Laura Milkins. Our guest, Jay tells the story of his depression, and the challenges of losing a beloved cat, but that having twins on the way has alleviated some of his dark feelings. Sunday, September 4, 2016
Social Connections Can Help to Reduce Depression By Rick Nauert PhD
A new study finds that belonging to a social group helps to alleviate depression and prevent relapse. And, it appears the closer the tie to the group, the better the results.
In both cases, patients responding to survey questions who did not identify strongly with the social group had about a 50 percent likelihood of continued depression a month later.
But of those who developed a stronger connection to the group and who came to see its members as “us” rather than “them,” less than a third still met the criteria for clinical depression after that time. Many patients said the group made them feel supported because everyone was “in it together.”
“We were able to find clear evidence that joining groups, and coming to identify with them, can alleviate depression,” said Haslam.
The Depression Session Meetup Tucson
Isolation and Depression: Do you know the feeling?
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”