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Psychology Around the Net: February 18, 2017


Happy Saturday, sweet readers!

It’s that time again…getting caught up on the latest mental health news!

This week we have updates on new fathers and depression, how to make more rational decisions for yourself, using mindfulness in the office, and more.

Expectant Dads Vulnerable to Depression: Fathers seem to be at more risk for pre- and postnatal depression than some of us thought. According to New Zealand researchers, fathers in “fair to poor” health and those with “perceived stress” are vulnerable to “antenatal paternal depression” before their babies are born, and as far as postnatal depression is concerned, those fathers who are in poor health or who no longer have relationships with the mothers have a threefold and sixfold increase for depression, respectively.

Think More Rationally by Pretending You’re Giving Advice to Someone Else: When we’re faced with another person’s problems, generally we’re removed from their emotions and can offer more candid advice. Thus, psychologist and author Dan Ariely suggests one way to think more rationally about your own problems is to imagine you’re offering suggestions to another person’s problems (i.e. imagine the problem is someone else’s, and you’re trying to offer them help).

Psychiatrists Debate Weighing in on Trump’s Mental Health: Earlier this week, several mental health professionals sent a letter to The New York Times as a warning about President Trump’s mental health: “Its signatories state—despite a self-imposed ethics rule forbidding psychiatrists from offering professional opinions about public figures they have not personally evaluated—they ‘believe that the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president.'”

Here’s What’s Really Happening When You Get Déjà Vu: Well, here are a few scientific theories, anyway (and isn’t it cool that scientists are actually looking into this bizarre phenomenon?!).

Six Easy Ways to Incorporate Mindfulness into Your Workday: As author Anne Loehr puts it, mindfulness is a way to get ourselves out of “autopilot,” something many of us slip into every day. However, while many of us think of mindfulness as a way to practice being mentally and physically in the present moment, how many of us wonder how mindfulness can help us at work? Find out why it does, and how you can practice it.

Career Military Women Who Served in Vietnam: Happier and in Better Health Than All Women, Say Researchers: Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health researchers studied American women who were deployed to Vietnam for either military or civilian services and found that 48% of career military women were happier and mentally and physically healthier than the civilian women. This is the first study to look at military women versus civilian women deployed in warzones in terms of mental and physical wellness.

Psychology Around the Net: February 18, 2017

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.

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Sparks, A. (2017). Psychology Around the Net: February 18, 2017. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 18, 2018, from


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