Face-to-Face Contact May Beat Email, Phone for Staving Off Depression

davis_marina1_nowkOlder people who spent more time communicating in person showed fewer symptoms of mood disorder
By Randy Dotinga

HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — While your days may be filled with electronic communications, a new study suggests that face-to-face contact might have more power to keep depression at bay — at least if you’re older.

The research doesn’t prove that personal conversations are more valuable than email and phone calls. Still, study author Dr. Alan Teo, a staff psychiatrist at VA Portland Health Care System in Oregon, is convinced there’s a connection.

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