Children and Teens

Psychology Around the Net: October 3, 2015

Happy Saturday, Psych Central readers!

October is my favorite month of all -- and I love Saturdays -- so what could be better than spending a few free moments cozying up outside under the changing color of the leaves and checking out all the latest psychology-related news around the 'net this week?

Today, we've got information about consumers helping psychiatrists become better psychiatrists, the worst things you could say to someone with a mental illness, Google's (yes,...
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Anxiety and Panic

Psychology Around the Net: March 28, 2015

This week's edition of Psychology Around the Net covers everything from psychology and environmentalism, a new smartphone app for teens dealing with depression, and various misconceptions about psychology.

The Surprising Psychology Behind Why Some People Become Environmentalists: Psychologists have started using tools such as surveys and questionnaires to delve into this polarized topic.

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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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Every American Will Experience This in Their Lifetime — Or Know Someone Who Will

It's amazing to me how far we've come in talking about these things in the past few decades. Conversations I couldn't imagine people ever having with one another -- they're finally having them.

And yet for all the road we've traveled, we still have a long ways to go. We still need to be talking more about it. With our friends, our family, our loved ones.

This video is only 2 minutes long, yet tells the story that is so familiar to many of us. And if it's not something you'll experience directly, you'll definitely know someone who does.

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Video: Use iPhone Reminders For Positive, Location-Based Affirmations

They say technology can make us anxious.

All the beeping and buzzing. All the phantom vibrations. All the stress of having your entire work email inbox right in your pocket.

But we can't let anxiety win, can we? Surely there are ways to use new technologies to teach us to pause. To tell us everything's okay. To remind us that we can do this [insert scary thing here] because we are strong.

The iPhone's Reminders app -- a default app that comes with the operating system free of charge -- doesn't just allow you to create a to-do style checklist of tasks. This video tells you how you can use Reminders to do a whole lot more...

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Videos: Antidepressants — Not a Quick Fix

In a series of heartfelt videos compiled online by alongside research conducted by the University of Nottingham and Oxford University, 30 individuals share that antidepressant medications are not a ‘quick fix.'

Contrary to popular opinion, neither are they 'happy pills.'

The individuals discuss the impact of depression and antidepressant medications on their lives. They also talk about the emotional difficulties they faced with side effects and finding a prescription that finally helped them manage their depression.

They're worth checking out to hear of people's real-life experiences with one of the most commonly-prescribed classes of medications today.

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Video: Why Black & White Thinking Can Be So Hard To Kick

"Why do we park in a driveway, but drive on a parkway?" my third grade teacher, Mrs. O'Malley, once asked during an English lesson.

It's a question that stumped, amused, and bewildered me and my fellow nine-year-old classmates.

We furrowed our eyebrows, but couldn't answer the question. Was there an answer to this question? Was it a riddle? But wait, even if it were a riddle, can it be more than that? Where do words come from, anyway? And who gets to decide what they mean?

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Video: Five More Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone Who Is Having A Panic Attack

If you’ve never had a panic attack before, you can only imagine what it feels like.

Of course, you’ve probably experienced the individual components of panic in isolation – you’ve most certainly felt your heart beat rapidly while exercising, right? And maybe you’ve dealt with vertigo before after a few drinks, or shortness of breath during spring allergy season.

But when severe anxiety starts piling each of these symptoms in a giant heap on your chest, coupled with frightening thoughts, an uncomfortable synergy is born: the whole of the panic is more than the sum of its parts.

And I should certainly know. After all, I’ve had panic disorder for about ten years now. I can’t even count how many bona fide panic attacks I’ve had in my life.

Some were tolerable; some were crippling. All of them were frightening.

So, what should you do if someone you know has a panic attack in front of you? How should you react? What should you say?
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Gamer Stereotypes Just Aren’t True

You know gamers... They're teenagers or young adults, slothful, lazy, without motivation and spend all of their time, well, gaming. They're also typically unattractive, probably fat, and are pale from spending so much time indoors playing video games.

Well, if this is your idea of someone who plays video games, unfortunately your idea is pretty much completely wrong. Sorry.

So says new research just published from German researchers who examined 2,550 actual video game players.

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