Anxiety and Panic

Psychology Around the Net: May 9, 2015


This week's Psychology Around the Net focuses on teachers and psychological concepts in the classroom, how exercise relates to your career, how we're "allowed" to enjoy movies about mental illness, and more.

The Most Important Psychological Concepts for Teachers to Apply in Classrooms: A new American Psychological Association report outlines and explains 20 psychological concepts to enhance teaching on the elementary and secondary school levels.

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Psychology Around the Net: April 18, 2015


Can you spot a genuine smile from a fake one? How much do you know about creating a mental health plan for your child before college? What about true happiness -- do you actually experience it?

Learn about these topics and more in this week's Psychology Around the Net.

Psychology of Smiling: Can You Tell a Fake Smile From a Genuine One? Psychologist Richard Wiseman and his new photographic test for checking empathy will help you find out.

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Introducing 4 Great New Blogs

We've had the opportunity to launch a number of new blogs this month, which I'm excited to share with you today. These new blogs join an existing group of fantastic bloggers -- the best group of bloggers on any site! If you want fresh, real perspectives of mental illness, psychology and mental health issues, Psych Central remains a one of the shining outposts in the online wilderness.

I'm honored to welcome three great new bloggers to our blog network: Brian Cuban, Gabe Howard, and Amanda Knapp. Margarita Tartakovsky has also begun a new blog on creativity with us. We hope you check out the blogs below and welcome the new bloggers to Psych Central!

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Psychology Around the Net: April 4, 2015


This week's Psychology Around the Net covers pilots and psychiatric evaluations, the effects of multitasking on your brain, the science-based claim that money can buy happiness (say what?!) and more.

Inside a Pilot's Mind: After Germanwings Plane Crash, Pondering Pilot Psychology: One former pilot's op-ed on "ordinary varieties of human behavior, psychiatric evaluations during pilots' careers, and handling emergencies -- including the risk they might cause an emergency themselves.

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Psychology Around the Net: March 21, 2015


Learn more about the stigma of mental illness, how to use your memory to make better connections, the rampant misuse of ADHD medications among college students, and more in this week's Psychology Around the Net!

Combating the Stigma of Mental Illness: When as many as "as many as 25 percent of adults and 40.3 percent of adolescents reported suffering an episode of mental illness within a 12-month period," why are we still stuck in a world filled with stigma?

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Bipolar Girl in a Unipolar World

There are two types of bipolar disorder listed in the DSM-V. Bipolar I has one or more manic episodes or mixed episodes (both manic and depressive). Bipolar II has at least one hypomanic episode and major depressive episodes.

I have bipolar II. I have a specific cycle and triggers that can create a very precarious situation. It is almost impossible for me to tell whether the mania or the depression comes first because it’s so cyclical. It flows into one mood and then into another. I also have a rapid cycle so I can have mania and depressive cycles multiple times in one day.

The danger is in the depressive episodes for me. I get so consumed with a darkness that suffocates me. The relief came from either self-mutilation or prescription drug abuse. I needed to mentally check out because I couldn’t cope with the emptiness.

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Introducing Bipolar Laid Bare


We know that living with bipolar disorder — just like living with any mental health concern — is rarely an easy road to walk.

That’s why it takes a gentle yet deft hand to share one’s own experiences with bipolar disorder, in order to help others with their own journey.

So I’m pleased to introduce Bipolar Laid Bare with LaRae LaBouff. LaRae was diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder, and works to help others understand this concern...
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Introducing Bipolar Update


Bipolar disorder is a condition that affects millions of people. Not only those who suffer from the mood changes typically associated with bipolar, but the disorder also impacts their family and friends. It is very much a real and serious mental illness, and one that can make daily living a living hell.

The good news is there’s a lot of information about bipolar disorder online today. But how do you make sense of it all? Where do you get started with your own treatment (or changing treatments)? And what do you do if you’d lived with this condition for years, but still haven’t found a road to recovery that’s working?

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Tom Sullivan Tries to Backtrack on His Comments, But Still Gets it Wrong

Tom Sullivan, the Fox News Radio show host who claimed that the bipolar disorder diagnosis was simply a "fad," has tried to backtrack on his disparaging and thoughtless remarks. In a Facebook posting, he claims the comments were taken out of context from a lengthy, two-hour discussion about the Social Security Disability (SSD) Fund being projected to run out of money at the end of 2016.

Sullivan suggests the reason the fund is running out of money so fast is because of the increase in disability awards made for people diagnosed with a mental illness.

But a review of the annual report issued by the U.S. government's Social Security agency demonstrates that even this claim is simply false.

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Tom Sullivan & Rand Paul and the Idiotic, Bizarre Things They Say

This past week has seen some idiotic things coming from the mouths of people that some people -- although hopefully not too many -- look to for leadership and advice.

Tom Sullivan is a radio show host over at Fox News Radio and claimed that bipolar disorder is "made up" on one of his recent shows. A comment like that is from the dark ages of understanding the science behind mental illness, and demonstrates an individual who apparently hasn't read an actual scientific study in the past two decades or so.

Rand Paul, however, is a physician. As such, he should know better. He should know it's more important to give more weight to scientific and medical evidence, rather than anecdotes and hearsay. Yet the good doctor recently said, "I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines."

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Anxiety and Panic

Psychology Around the Net: January 24, 2014


Ever wonder what makes you -- and keeps you -- a loyal customer? How about ways to strength train your brain? Oh, and speaking of your brain -- where does all that fear and anxiety come from, anyway?

We have it all and more in this week's Psychology Around the Net.

Fear Pinpoinited: Scientists Discover Exactly Where Anxiety Resides in the Brain: Tests on mice have helped New York's Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory researchers pinpoint the area, or "circuit," in the brain where "fearful memories and behavior" are controlled. Could this lead to new anxiety treatments?

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Why Are You Alive? The Role of Suicide Survivors

Consider these statistics:
One person dies from suicide every 40 seconds.

Every year, over 800,000 people die from suicide, exceeding the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death (globally) for people ages 15 to 29, the fifth leading cause of death among persons aged 30 to 49.

For each adult who died of suicide in 2012, there were over 20 others who made suicide attempts.
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