Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Everyone needs a BFF
Hi everyone, Dr. Maggie Walsh here, from The Talk Radio Mysteries. As fans of WYME know, I tackle tough topics every day on my radio show here in Cypress Grove. But today I'd like to tackle a lighter subject: friendship. Promise not to get all soft and mushy on you like a Hallmark card, but did you know that having close friends is a predictor of good mental health? When I had my practice back in Manhattan, I used to write "socially isolated" in many of my patients' charts. Can you really feel alone in a crowd? Yes! I think everyone has had that sensation from time to time.
A new study on females suffering from depression shows that talking to a good friend--just 30 minutes a week- is as effective as an anti-depressant.
Talking to a friend puts everything in perspective and is a proven mood-enhancer.
So have a good week, everyone, and remember, talk to a friend!! It's like instant Prozac.
Submitted by Dr. Mary Kennedy