I was recently interviewed by The Union Leader, a NH based newspaper, on a recent Wisconsin study looking at Facebook and depression in college students. The study, as reported in the LA Times, claimed that symptoms of depression can be picked up by reading Facebook entries (although they stopped short of recommending it as an assessment tool).
My response: Why not screen College students using existing screening tools and refer those in need of further services to College or University mental health clinics. Here is the PDF passed on to me by John, Copy Editor of the Union Leader (thanks John)
"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The Troublemakers. The round pegs in the square hole. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. The only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as crazy ones, we see them as genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." Jack Kerouac
My mother, Joan Welkowitz passed away a few years ago. She was Professor of Psychology at NYU and the Director of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology for many years. She would have loved the viral video of two babies babbling in turn which just got passed on to me by a Psychology graduate student (thanks Josh). Joan first authored a seminal article in which she discussed her research in conversational development in children. She was interested in how, from a very young age, social development involved learning to pattern one's speech in a way that "matched" the patterns of those you were communicating with. She often mentioned babbling babies and how they "babble in turn" as an example of what she termed "vocal congruence."
If she were here today I'm sure she would post this clip on her course website!