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Happy Saturday, Psych Central readers!

Wow! Can you believe February is almost here? I’m not sure where the time goes, but I do know you can spend your last weekend of January catching up on the mental health benefits of snow days, how celebrities are taking the mental illness conversation mainstream, why we might be chasing happiness and success in all the wrong ways, and more.


The Psychology Behind a Snow Day: So many of us across America have had a few (or more!) of these over the past week or so…but what makes them so special — even helpful — for our mental health?

Scientists Move Closer to Understanding Schizophrenia’s Cause: Although the research “will not lead to new treatments soon,” the scientists believe the research has provided them with the “first biological handle on an ancient disorder whose cause has confounded modern science for generations.”

Mental Illness Gets the Celebrity Treatment. That’s a Good Thing: “Celebrities, like [Lena] Dunham — as well as others whose stories about depression and anxiety and other forms of mental illness have helped raise awareness that such disorders do not discriminate based on race, class, or level of fame — have the power to help skyrocket the conversation into the mainstream.”

Unrecognized Bipolar Disorder: 10% Of People With Anxiety, Depression Are Also Bipolar: A new study from researchers at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds suggests that patients already diagnosed with depression or anxiety could actually suffer from undiagnosed bipolar disorder, too.

How the Science of Happiness Could Help You Succeed: Emma Seppala, author of The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success, says we might be pursuing happiness and success in all the wrong ways — and our approaches could actually discourage success, leaving us entirely unhappy.

College Students’ Internet Overuse Leads Families to Connect and Conflict, New Study Finds: According to new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Georgia State University, “college students who are addicted to the Internet report positive and negative effects on their family relationships.” (Confused yet?)