Happy Saturday, Psych Central readers!
This week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at the new 3-D mini-brains researchers are using to better study the connection between severe mental illnesses, how we can make insecurity work for us (yes, you read that correctly), studies that take a closer look at mental health challenges LGBTQ youth face, and more.
3-D ‘Mini-Brains’ Shed Light On Mental Illness: Some mental illnesses such as severe depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia share a common genetic link, and now researchers have used human stem cells to create a 3-D model of the brain to better study that connection.
3 Ways to Expand Access to Mental Health Care Beyond Adding More Psychiatrists: Scott Breitinger, M.D., a resident in psychiatry, believes there are things we can do to boost access to mental health care besides just adding more psychiatrists. “In the coming decades, the most valuable advance emerging from leaders in psychiatry and mental health care likely won’t be a breakthrough in drug development or neuroscience, or training more psychiatrists, but crafting sensible design decisions to create better mental health care systems.”
Why Everyone Is Insecure (and Why That’s Okay): Can a “healthy dose of self-doubt” push us to take a look at ourselves and how we interact with others and possibly help us figure out how to better get along with others?
10 Things People With Mental Illness Are Tired of Being Told: Mental health advocate Hattie Gladwell created the hashtag #ThingsNotToSayToSomeoneWithMentalIllness and you can bet the world was more than ready to chime in with some of the most thoughtless and annoying things people have said to them. (We still have a long way to go educating people about mental illness, health, and wellness folks.)
Studies Take Closer Look at Mental Health Challenges for LGBTQ Youth: Three U.S. studies suggest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) children and teens might be more likely than heterosexual and gender-conforming youth to experience bullying, abuse, and mental health problems. While there’s a ton of research that already backs this up, these studies published earlier this week in Pediatrics offer some different insight into the challenges LGBTQ kids face.
You Can Always Do Something to Improve Your Circumstances: Think of Chapter 10 of Seneca’s On the Tranquility of the Mind as a more actionable version of looking on the bright side.