Psychology Around the Net: September 24, 2016
Well, it’s finally fall, y’all!
Though my neck of the woods is still squeezing out every last drop of 90-degree weather it can.
If you’re chilling at home like I am (and hey, even if you’re not you can check them out later!), take a minute to catch up on the latest about a possible connection between internet addiction and mental health issues, how to cure your fear of flying, a new plan for schools to support students’ mental health problems, and more.
Internet Addiction May Signal Mental Health Issues: New research suggests internet addiction could point to other mental health issues — specifically among college students — noting that many research subjects had problems with planning, time management, and handling daily routines, as well as higher rates of mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and impulsiveness. Currently, the research shows only an association between internet use and mental health; Dr. Michael Van Ameringen, the study’s chief researcher, says a larger study is necessary to determine whether these problems are a cause or a result of internet addiction.
If You’re Afraid of Flying, the Worst Thing You Can Do Is Avoid It: According to a survey by Chapman University, about 6.5% of the U.S. population suffers from clinical aviophobia (with 15% of us having some sort of anxiety about flying). Check out some of the ways a few experts suggest confronting and conquering these fears.
How to Let Your Money Buy You Happiness: Paul Merriman offers a teaser of Jonathan Clements’ new book, How to Think About Money. Clements’, a veteran columnist for Forbes and The Wall Street Journal, aims to help people “think properly” about their money and believes that if they think properly, they will “act properly,” thus discovering ways money actually can buy happiness (of course, I use the word “buy” loosely). Check out Merriman’s quick paraphrase on three ways money and happiness are connected and determine if the book might be right for you. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Psych Central is in no way affiliated with this book or the author and doesn’t stand to make any financial gain if you buy it.)
Here’s How Schools Can Support Students’ Mental Health: “Many experts point to one model. It’s got a bureaucratic name — the “multi-tiered system of supports” — but when you picture it, just imagine an upside-down pyramid, or maybe a funnel. It starts with support for everyone and moves on to more and more specialized help.”
Hormone EPO Shown to Improve Brain Sharpness in Patients With Depression and Bipolar Disorder: New research shows that erythropoietin (or, EPO — a hormone that controls red blood cell production and is often used as a sports-related performance-enhancing drug) could improve cognitive function for people with depression or bipolar disorder. Some scientists believe this could be the first long-treatment for this particular problem.
7 Proven Ways to Tell If Your Relationship Will Last: Jessica Orwig and Dylan Roach compiled information from several studies to highlight seven of the biggest predictors of whether or not your relationship will last. While some might seem obvious (how much effort you put into it, whether you feel supported), others might be worth taking a closer look at (what are your friends’ predictions?).
Sparks, A. (2016). Psychology Around the Net: September 24, 2016. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 21, 2017, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2016/09/24/psychology-around-the-net-september-24-2016/