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People in performing arts twice as likely to have depression, Equity finds

People working in entertainment and performing arts are twice as likely to experience depression as the general population, according to a review of more than 100 academic studies.

The impact of Covid restrictions on theatres and other venues in 2020 and 2021 had exacerbated contributory factors such as job insecurity and low pay, said the performing arts practitioners’ union, Equity, which commissioned the review.

Antisocial working hours, time away from home and lack of support from people in positions of authority also fueled anxiety and depression.

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Pokémon GO May Alleviate Some Depression, Says Study

Playing location-based games, such as the popular augmented reality game Pokémon GO, may alleviate non-clinical forms of mild depression, a new study has found.

In the new study from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has, the researchers examined the effect of location-based mobile gaming on local depression trends.

Location-based games are those that revolve and progress around a player’s physical location. This is often monitored using GPS technology.

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Depression in Indigenous Communities: Cultural Understanding Matters

Lifelong and generational adverse life experiences can increase your chances of developing depression and other symptoms of emotional distress. This is the case for millions of Indigenous people in the United States, who face a high lifetime probability of experiencing mental health symptoms. These challenges often increase due to difficulty getting the support they need, when they need it. Marginalization, stigma, discriminatory public policies, and racial trauma are a few of the factors greatly affecting health outcomes in this community.

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What is Depression?

Hear from your host, Dr. Graham Taylor, of Behavioral Health Today, as he joins Dr. Whitley Lassen at Psych Hub to talk about what it's like to live with depression and some of the lesser known facts and signs.