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Children and Teens

The Psychology of ’13 Reasons Why,’ Suicide & High School Life

After watching the Netflix series, "13 Reasons Why," I can see why it was picked up for a second season.

It's an engaging story with well-drawn characters that are more complex than typical high-school stereotypes. It's a story that deals with a bunch of difficult topics students in high school face -- texting, photo-sharing of a sexual nature, drinking, drugs, bullying, sexual assault, and, yes, suicide.

Some say the series idolizes suicide. Critics claim the series makes suicide look attractive, beautiful, tragic, and that the show contributes to dangerous suicide contagion.

Some say the series isn't that bad and it's a realistic portrayal of the challenges of modern high school life.

So where's the truth? Somewhere in-between.

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Alzheimer

Psychology Around the Net: May 6, 2017


Happy Saturday, Psych Central readers!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month (or, "Mental Health Month"), but of course you knew that, didn't you?

Whether or not you did, Mental Health America (which started Mental Health Month way back in 1949) has provided a ton of information for individuals and organizations to help them promote mental health awareness this month. There's even a handy dandy toolkit you can download.

Go check it out and get busy this month! But before you do, check out this week's Psychology Around the Net which covers political correctness personalities, how Alzheimer's patients' caregivers can take better care of themselves, how maternal smoking does (or doesn't?) affect a child's mental health, and more.

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Brain and Behavior

Even Facebook Doesn’t Understand Facebook’s Algorithms

After all the hand-wringing that came from the "fake news" spectacle courtesy of Facebook's news feed -- the content you see when you log into Facebook from your phone or laptop -- one thing has become abundantly clear. Even Facebook doesn't understand Facebook.

And that's the problem with relying on an algorithmic artificial intelligence (AI) that has been built (or more accurately, pieced together) over the years by hundreds of different developers and programmers.

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Anxiety and Panic

Will Work for Food and Health Care

Health insurance: only when you don’t need it.

Confused? Let me explain.

In our illogical model, our society provides health insurance to the gainfully employed. But, ironically, it is the gainfully unemployed who most need mental health coverage.

In the United States, our employer-based health care model is predicated on -- surprise surprise -- employment. For the standard nine to five set, employer-based health insurance is a satisfactory option. Generally, employers subsidize out-of-pocket health care costs -- including mental health coverage--for their employees.
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Addiction

Psychology Around the Net: April 15, 2017


Happy Saturday, sweet readers!

This week's Psychology Around the Net takes a look at some serious reasons why it might be time to quit your job, a new fake beauty ad campaign to bring awareness to mental illness, how oxytocin could help opioid addiction recovery, and more.

Oh, and a special bit at the end about the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which I just found out is currently Netflix's most tweeted about show. Yes, it's that popular. If you haven't watched yet, don't worry; I didn't include any spoilers. Still, read at your own risk.

Let's go!

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Addiction

Psychology Around the Net: April 1, 2017


Happy April Fool's, sweet readers!

Oh, how I love this day. I love jokes, pranks, tricks -- everything designed to make me laugh (as long as it doesn't hurt others, of course). Not only does it amuse me, but it's also good for my mental health. Yes, I know, many of you know the drill, but for those of you who don't, check out the NCBI's Therapeutic Benefits of Laughter in Mental Health: A Theoretical Review (the abstract is easy reading, I promise).

Now, let's get on with it, shall we?

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