therapy

Shutterstock Shutterstock

The next time you feel stress and anxiety riding on your shoulders, pick up a coloring book. Seriously, they're not just for kids anymore. Adult coloring books are the new way to unwind, and many health experts are on board.

A handful of studies have shown that the effects of coloring could be positive: Participants in one study took a baseline test to measure anxiety levels, and then increased their anxiety levels by describing a scary experience. Immediately after, they were randomly assigned to color either a blank page, a design, or intricate...

Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 1.20.18 PMAccording to the CDC s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Data Brief, almost 8 percent of Americans aged 12 and older reported moderate to severe depressive symptoms in 2009 to 2012, but only one-third of those people sought treatment from a mental health professional.

About 3 percent of all Americans were found to have severe depressive symptoms. Females had higher rates of depression than males in every age group, and the highest rate of depression was found in women aged 40-59, at...