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Psychology Around the Net: August 15, 2020

This week’s Psychology Around the Net looks at young people and mental health support (or lack thereof) during the coronavirus pandemic, tap into one psychiatrist’s mind regarding psychedelic experiences and their effects on a person’s mind, thoughts, and behaviors, why sleep problems might actually nudge you toward your entrepreneurial goals, and more.

‘Feels Like the World Is Against You’: Young People Struggle With Finding Mental Health Support Amid COVID-19 Pandemic: According to a recent survey, depression among college students has increased since the coronavirus pandemic shut down campuses in the spring, compared to the previous fall semester, and of the 42% of college kids who looked for mental health care during the pandemic, 60% reported having either a much more difficult or somewhat difficult gaining access to treatment. This, on top of current economic struggles and racial injustices.

A Psychiatrist on Finding Meaning in Psychedelic Experiences and Altered States: Emily Williams, MD is a San Francisco-based psychiatrist who specializes in integration therapies for altered states, including psychedelic states, and because she’s worked with Multidisciplinary Association on Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) on psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy she sometimes has patients who’ve recently had a psychedelic experience. Williams says “Just after a psychedelic experience, due to the phenomenon of heightened neuroplasticity, your mind, thoughts, and behaviors are more receptive to change.” Here she talks about integration and how it can help people take advantage of this clean slate state.

How Feeling Not Good Enough Makes You Crave Validation: One of the effects of feeling “not good enough” is constantly craving external emotional validation. We can overcome this by working on resolving childhood traumas and mastering new tools for dealing with painful emotions and life’s challenges.

“I Think My Parent Is A Sociopath:” Cluster Traits & Behaviors: T├ímara Hill, a licensed therapist and internationally certified trauma professional, discusses sociopathic traits of unhealthy and unstable parents, including the traits of Cluster B Personality Disorders like narcissistic, antisocial, borderline, and histrionic personality disorders.

Mitochondria May Hold Keys to Anxiety and Mental Health: Our neurons might not be the only players in feelings of stress and anxiety; preliminary research suggests the mitochondria in our cells might be fundamental not only to our general physical health but also specifically to our mental health.

New Study Suggests ADHD-Like Behavior Helps Spur Entrepreneurial Activity: Researchers at University of Central Florida have found what they say appears to be a link between sleep and entrepreneurship; more specifically, sleep quality and temporary ADHD-like tendencies to entrepreneurial intentions. While the researchers note that sleep problems can nudge people in the direction of entrepreneurship, they do acknowledge that such sleep problems could undercut work performance if they got out of hand: “Even though sleep problems might lure an individual to an entrepreneurial career, if the sleep problems persist they can subsequently leave the individual without the cognitive and emotional competency to be an effective entrepreneur in-practice.”

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Psychology Around the Net: August 15, 2020

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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