There’s a lot of negative press about social media and the brain, but the news is not all bad. A new study found that supportive text messages can have a real antidepressant effect.
The messages were simple, but the benefit was marked. After three months, those who received two supportive messages had a 25% reduction in depression compared to those who received generic “thank you for participating” messages.
A sampling of the messages is below. Inspired by this study, we’ve launched a new Instagram account that will feature a regular stream of supportive messages, antidepressant advice, and hopeful research updates. Find us on Instagram with the key word “moodnews.” Facebook users can follow the thread at: fb.com/moodtreatmentcenter.