Hey Zoom, Fidget Spinners Don’t Actually Help with Anxiety, Do They?

There’s no research on fidget spinners, but some psychiatrists are optimistic that the toy can help kids with autism avoid more disruptive behaviors. It may also reduce nervous habits like nail biting.

Like stress balls or worry stones, it’s really how you choose to use a fidget spinner that matters.

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Hey Zoom, is Drinking LaCroix All Day Bad For Me?

Gulp. We hope not. But now that you mention it… a bunch of rumors about the health risks of carbonated water are coming to mind.

Given our nationwide obsession with LaCroix (which Zoom has no affiliation with, by the way), it’s time to double-check the research.

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Hey Zoom, Is It OK to Suggest Someone Get Help for Anxiety or Depression?

It depends on where you’re coming from, says Erik Vanderlip, MD MPH, Psychiatrist and Zoom’s Mental Health Team Lead.

Here’s why you should give yourself a gut-check before bringing up potential anxiety or depression — and how to express your concern the right way.

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Hey Zoom: Should I Be Eating All This Activated Charcoal?

Great question. We’ve been eating a fair share of activated charcoal ourselves. The Salty Caramel Ash ice cream at Frankie and Jo’s is delicious. And when you’re having a horrible day, there’s nothing like sipping a smoothie that’s as black as your mood.

We consulted a ZOOM+Care doc to find out if this stuff is helping or hurting us.

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Hey Zoom: Is Doing the Nude Bike Ride Good for My Mental Health?

YES! And we’re not just saying that because we plan to take pics and blackmail you when you run for office, start a company, or file for custody of your children.

“If you do the Nude Bike Ride the right way, it can boost your confidence and resilience,” says Psychiatrist and Zoom Mental Health Team Lead Erik Vanderlip, MD MPH.

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Hey Zoom, I Keep Thinking About the MAX Attack and I’m Scared to Ride the Train. Is This Normal?

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Mental Health professionals, it’s that they’re not keen on labelling stuff “normal” or “not normal.” But when we cornered ZOOM+Care Psychiatrist Erik Vanderlip, MD, MPH, and insisted he answer your question, he said “Well, it isn’t abnormal.”

“When something happens in the world around us that’s traumatizing and awful, it can open old psychological wounds or create new ones,” says Dr. Vanderlip. “The closer and more directly we’re impacted, the deeper the wound and the slower it is to heal.”

Luckily, there are proven ways to overcome your anxiety.

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