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Delivering Mental Health News: Be Different.

How to Make the Brain & Behavior Interesting to the Masses

Author: Dr. Reef Karim/Saturday, December 19, 2015/Categories: Social, Featured Member Content

How do we get our news?

Back in the day, our choices were the good old newspaper or one of the primary network news shows. Families would eat dinner and watch the news. We would digest news stories – mostly tragic events – from a few traditional sources that were deemed to be without bias or opinion.

But, times have changed.

According to a research study in television news programming, millennials are looking more online to get their news and then watching “news talk shows” like
The Daily Show and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver to interpret their news.

Per the study from TRU Insights regarding comedic talk shows,
“Millennials don’t watch to get informed; they watch because they ARE informed.”

And that leads us to mental health news topics: addiction, gambling, compulsive buying, sex, depression, trauma, ADHD, OCD, positive psychology, male & female dynamics, dating, relationships, exercise, STD’s, the list goes on and on.

Our health news used to be disseminated from credible television doctors and medical journal articles. Now, it’s TED talks, psychology today, online news shows and live talks that provide us our health information.

But, despite this variety of informational resources, some studies show millennials less informed about their own health topics – particularly their psychological health. And in a time of chronic over-stimulation, our mental health is more important than ever.

Per a study on Millennials and the 2012 election, these are the most frequent sources of election news:

68% Network News
58% Online Aggregator (Yahoo, Google, etc.)
56% Cable News
52% Facebook or Twitter
50% Political Satire Shows (Daily Show, Last Week Tonight, Colbert, Bill Maher)
50% News Websites
44% Newspaper
37% Late Night Talk Shows (The Tonight Show, Conan, etc.)

We must inform the general public on mental health topics.

It is imperative that treatment providers and leaders in the fields of mental health, addiction and personal development utilize these media outlets to help disseminate information about the field. Our society needs it.

Doctors, therapists and counselors should convey information on local news stations, write articles and develop live speaking events. Our mental health is just as important as our political news.

As such, I have made it a mission to not only train, teach and clinically help people but also to write, speak and appear on media outlets to promote awareness, de-stigmatize, educate and even entertain people on the topic of human behavior.

I truly believe that laughter is the best medicine.

Enter Reef Madness, a new online talk show dedicated to human behavior: ReefMadnessShow.com

John Stewart disrupted traditional political news.
It’s now time for a revolution in health and human behavior.

For more information or to be a guest on the show, go to reefmadnessshow.com.

Contact Dr. Reef:
DoctorReef.com
ReefMadnessShow.com
Twitter: @DrReef
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drreef

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