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Psychology Around the Net: February 15, 2020

In this week’s Psychology Around the Net, we explore the 12 subtle signs of anxiety, how sleep is vital for kids’ mental health, Medicare’s warning to doctors trying to offer holistic care, where we should draw the line on mental illness memes, the mental health effects of digital technology, and more.



12 Subtle Signs of Anxiety: Do you have anxiety? Even if you don’t get outwardly nervous (shaking hands, quick breathing), you may still be struggling with anxiety that manifests in your behavior. Here are 12 little-known signs of anxiety, including constantly planning ahead and having difficulty delegating responsibilities to others.

Sleep, Brain Development, and Mental Health in Children: Sleep is extremely important for children’s mental wellness. A new large study found that, among all areas of kids’ mental health issues, depression was most significantly related to sleep. Children who slept longer showed less depression and higher cognitive scores. This article details the study’s fascinating findings.

My Patients Don’t Separate Their Physical and Mental Health. Medicare Must Stop Asking Us To: In this opinion article, a general practitioner in Melbourne, Australia shares her frustration over a new Medicare report that warns doctors against billing Medicare for both physical health and mental health issues within the same consultation. She argues that the rule essentially punishes practitioners who want to provide good-quality, holistic care for their patients.

When Mental Illness Memes Stop Being Funny: Finding humor in our pain can be therapeutic, but can it go too far? In this article, the author cites several studies that look at how humor affects people in downtrodden situations, and she ponders where we draw the line. “There’s a key difference between a meme that helps someone with mental illness cope with and laugh at their experiences and one that increases stigma and makes people feel worse,” she writes.

Scrutinizing the Effects of Digital Technology on Mental Health: There is an ongoing debate around whether social media and the use of digital devices are harmful to mental health. In this article, two scientists share their differing opinions on this topic and give strong support to back their claims.

After a Tumour, I Was Hit With Anxiety: When 17-year-old Mary was struck with a brain tumor at age 11, it left her with ongoing health issues, including anxiety, fatigue and poor concentration. Finding she could no longer thrive in a regular educational setting, she moved to a school for traumatized children — and there she flourished. “When I was in the other school I used to doubt myself a lot…but now that I’ve come here everyone’s really positive around me, and I’m getting positive thoughts,” she says. This article shares her story.


Psychology Around the Net: February 15, 2020

Traci Pedersen

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Pedersen, T. (2020). Psychology Around the Net: February 15, 2020. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 30, 2020, from
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