December 2016
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MedStar Montgomery's Donation Brightens the Holidays!

EveryMind staff approached community partners for assistance to provide donated gifts for children participating in the Linkages to Learning program in 11 Montgomery County Schools.  The gifts help bring cheer and smiles to many children who might not otherwise have gifts to open during the holidays.  On Dec. 12th, employees and executives from 
MedStar Montgomery Health delivered bags overflowing with gifts to the Linkages office at Harmony Hills Elementary School for 125 children in need of holiday happiness.  In return, the children created Christmas tree ornaments as a thank you. MedStar plans to display the ornaments on a special Christmas tree at MedStar Montgomery General Hospital.  We are very grateful for our partnership with Medstar and look forward to continuing this tradition of support for families in our community.

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EveryMind Supporters Enjoy Holiday Fashion and Shopping at Bloomingdale's Event 

Kathy McCallum, President of EveryMind's Board of Directors, welcomed supporters to a special holiday fashion presentation at Bloomingdale's on December 7, 2016. Attendees enjoyed food, drink, music, and door prizes during the presentation and shopped for a good cause. Bloomingdale's donated 10% of the proceeds to support the work of EveryMind.  

Thank you to all of our supporters who helped make the event successful and helped us raise nearly $3,000 to support our critical work in the community! 

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Just One Dose of This Psychedelic Drug Can Ease Anxiety, by Alexandra Sifferlin, December 1st

Two new trials show the powerful effects of magic mushrooms on cancer-related anxiety and depression. In two new studies released simultaneously by researchers at New York University and Johns Hopkins University, doctors revealed that a single dose of psilocybin - a compound from magic mushrooms - can ease anxiety and depression for up to six months. The results have great potential for people dealing with fear associated with a cancer diagnosis, but also for people with psychiatric disorders who haven't responded to traditional treatments like psychotherapy or antidepressants.

It's unclear precisely how psilocybin works, but the study authors say that the drug may activate parts of the brain that are impacted by serotonin, which can play a role in anxiety, mood, and depression.

Significantly more research is needed before psilocybin could be considered as a clinical therapy. The researchers stress that the psilocybin used in the trials was given in a very controlled environment with multiple investigators present, and that people should not attempt the drug on their own.

Comparing Yourself To Facebook Friends Is A Recipe For Depression by Josh Hafner, December 1st

A review of studies on social media and depression found that comparing yourself to others on Facebook is more likely to leave you feeling depressed than when you do so offline. 

The findings suggest a complex relationship between depression and sites such as Facebook, with social media-linked depression potentially stemming from not only what people do online but also how their experiences linger with them afterward.

For the review published this month, Lancaster University researchers analyzed studies from 14 countries studying 35,000 participants between ages 15 and 88. Their findings highlighted the link between depression and "rumination," that all-too-familiar practice of rolling over online experiences in our mind long after we've logged off.

Given the topic's complexity, researchers concluded that the idea of "Facebook depression" - a term coined by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2011 - "may be over-simplistic." They even stressed that online spaces could provide resources and support for those dealing with mental health issues.  
To Be Happier, Do One Creative Thing Every Day by Cari Romm, December 1st

According to a new study in the  Journal of Positive Psychology, small-time creative pursuits - like cooking, knitting, or even doodling - can influence your overall well-being for the better.  The study authors recruited 658 volunteers to keep a daily diary for two weeks, describing their mood and rating how creative they had been over the course of the day (creativity was defined as "coming up with novel or original ideas; expressing oneself in an original and useful way; or spending time doing artistic activities"). When they analyzed the diaries, the authors found "people who engaged in creative pursuits today felt significantly more energetic, enthusiastic, and excited the next day." 

Researchers concluded the results suggest "finding ways to encourage everyday creative activities, not just master works of art, could lead directly to increased well-being."
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