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Good afternoon, Psych Central readers!

First, I have to apologize for the late post. Generally, I try to publish these earlier in the day, but, alas. Technology is a wonderful thing, but unfortunately there are some blips along the way — and I’ve had a few connection issues over the last couple of days.

Fortunately, that didn’t stop me from collecting some fascinating pieces for you over the week, so let’s get down to business, shall we?

Read on for the latest about mountaintop removal’s affect on mental health, how your personality affects your taste in music, yet another research report on marijuana use and its contributions to mental illness, and more.

Mountaintop Removal Has Real Mental Health Effects: As someone who was born, raised, and currently still lives in Appalachia, I found this particularly interesting. According to new research, mountain top removal (which reportedly contributes to various health issues including asthma, cancer, and reproductive health problems) may also contribute to a new problem: solastalgia, or, “the distress that is produced by environmental change impacting on people while they are directly connected to their home environment” (NCBI).

The Scientist Who Believes Your Personality Predicts Your Taste in Music: Are you an empathizer, systemizer, or a balancer, and how do each of those personality categories (i.e. their various characteristics) affect your taste in music?

Why Depression Screenings Should Be Part of Routine Check-Ups: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has made a significant update to its adult depression-screening guidelines since 2009, now recommending depression screening for the general adult population, putting this screening in the same category as other common and routine screenings such as yearly mammograms, lung cancer screenings for at risk patients, and diabetes screening for overweight or obese patients.

What’s Mental Illness Got to Do With Success? While the “personality extremes associated with entrepreneurship often aren’t all that different from those associated with mental illness,” there could also be “evidence that the pressures of entrepreneurship can be a trigger for mental illness; that mental illness does not fuel entrepreneurial drive but, at least in some cases, is a byproduct of it.”

Study: Smoking Pot Doesn’t Make You Anxious or Depressed: Ah, will we ever agree on solid research findings for this somewhat controversial topic? Despite past research findings that suggest otherwise, a new study published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) claims marijuana use among adults is not associated with depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety disorders.

Graphic Cigarette Warnings Trigger Brain Areas Key to Quitting Smoking: Researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center and Truth Initiative report graphic health-related images associated with smoking cigarettes could effectively warn smokers to the dangers of smoking, possibly because the brain’s “amygdala responds to emotionally powerful stimuli, especially fear and disgust” which could potentially “impact our decision making.”

Annoyance Is a Sign of a Good Relationship: Whoa! This might come as a shock to many of us, but a little frustration in a relationship actually could be a good thing. Check out the three reasons author and relationship coach Kira Asatryan gives for why some annoyance in a relationship can show healthy comfort levels, presence of emotions, and room for growth.