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Psychology Around the Net: February 22, 2020

In this week’s Psychology Around the Net, we explore the mental health benefits of exercising alone, how poor concentration feels in bipolar disorder, how to avoid depression during menopause, the promising research of psychedelics for mental health, and the importance of discussing severe mental illness on the college campus, and more.



The Mental Health Benefits of Exercising Alone: In this article, the author argues that exercising alone has distinct benefits that you can’t get while working out in a group. “Exercising alone, inarguably, gives you a sense of intrinsic reward: the feeling you get when you’re motivated by your internal satisfaction instead of a compliment or accolade from another,” she says.

How Bipolar Symptoms Really Feel: Difficulty Concentrating: Mania and depression are the two most commonly-known symptoms of bipolar disorder, but other symptoms can seem just as debilitating for those who experience them. In this article, the author discusses poor concentration in bipolar, which can occur in both depression and mania, but in different ways. She shares her experiences with both.

Menopause and Mental Health: Not only does menopause bring changes to the body, but it can affect mental health as well. During the menopause years, the incidence of depression doubles, and women who have struggled in the past with depression or anxiety might also see a resurgence in symptoms. This article highlights what you can do to protect your mental health during menopause.

Can Magic Mushrooms and LSD Treat Depression and Anxiety? Scientists are Optimistic: A growing body of research supports the benefits of using psychedelic drugs for anxiety and depression, especially among treatment-resistant patients. This article highlights promising research as well as personal success stories.

Inactive Teens May Be Prone to Depression: A recent U.K. study suggests that even light walking can help sedentary teens reduce their risk for depression. Lead study author Aaron Kandola of University College London said “Our results suggest young people should aim to reduce their sedentary behavior and increase their light activity during adolescence, a time when the opposite tends to occur. This could reduce the risk of depression in the future.” This article details the study’s findings.

I Don’t Want Your ‘Mental Health Awareness:’ In this student opinion article in Duke University’s The Chronicle, the author laments that college conversations tend to revolve around the less taboo mental illnesses, like anxiety and depression, and rarely tackle serious illnesses like bipolar disorder and OCD. “I am proud that mental health advocacy is becoming more apparent on campus, but it is insulting when the awareness is constantly limited to the ‘tame’ side of mental health rather than the actual difficult symptoms and behaviors caused by severe mental illness,” the author writes.

Psychology Around the Net: February 22, 2020

Traci Pedersen

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Pedersen, T. (2020). Psychology Around the Net: February 22, 2020. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 26, 2020, from
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