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Psychology Around the Net: February 29, 2020

In this week’s Psychology Around the Net, we discuss raising awareness for eating disorders, the benefits of intuitive eating, why therapists have so little training (if any) in helping suicidal patients, the plunging mental health of modern farmers, managing coronavirus anxiety, and more.



It’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and Health Experts Want to Raise Awareness: We are on the tail end of National Eating Disorders Awareness week (February 24th to March 1st), and clinicians are hoping the exposure increased awareness of these often debilitating illnesses. Eating disorders come in a variety of disguises, from anorexia to obesity to an over-fixation on healthy eating. All eating disorders, however, cause disturbance within a person’s eating pattern that affects their physical and mental health.

She Learned to Love Eating — And Herself — Despite a Lifetime of Fat Shaming: Around 30 million Americans struggle with an eating disorder and shame is a major part of their lives. “So many people with a higher weight are embarrassed to go out on the street and walk because stigma is really more toxic than the weight on them,” says registered dietitian Elyse Resch. This article discusses the concept of intuitive eating, where no food is off limits, and how it dramatically changed the life of Harriet, a woman with PCOS who has struggled with obesity since childhood.

We Tell Suicidal People to Go to Therapy. So Why Are Therapists Rarely Trained in Suicide?: Suicide is the nation’s 10th leading cause of death, yet training for mental health practitioners who treat suicidal patients — psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, among others — is dangerously inadequate, says the author. This article thoroughly probes this topic and explores what can be done.

‘I’m Constantly Putting on a Brave Face’: Farmers Speak Out on Mental Health: A recent survey conducted by the Farm Safety Foundation in the U.K. found that 84% of farmers under age 40 believe mental health is the biggest hidden problem they face. This article details the many pressures farmers experience today, from loneliness to anti-meat movements to devastating floods.

How to Manage Your Anxiety About Coronavirus: Now that the CDC has told Americans to get ready for the coronavirus to disrupt our day-to-day lives, it’s easy to see why so many people are starting to feel a little panicky. In this article, several experts give their take on what we can do to ease our disease-related anxiety. “There’s no correlation between how worried you are and how at risk you are,” says Catherine Belling, an associate professor of medical education at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Isolated and Sequestered in Their Homes, Chinese Citizens Report Anxiety and Depression While on Lockdown Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak: Amid transportation bans, strict quarantine measures, and lockdowns, many Chinese citizens are facing a mental health crisis. Unfortunately, the culture’s ongoing stigma of mental illness prevents many sufferers from seeking help, and there are very few resources available for those who do. More than 300 24-hour mental health support hotlines have been launched since the outbreak. “They leave messages saying they’re exhausted, that they’re scared,” said a Seattle-based hotline volunteer.

Psychology Around the Net: February 29, 2020

Traci Pedersen

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Pedersen, T. (2020). Psychology Around the Net: February 29, 2020. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 29, 2020, from
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