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Psychology Around the Net: January 4, 2020

This week’s Psychology Around the Net discusses post-holiday exhaustion (and why you should relax awhile!), 5 powerful behaviors to improve your mental health this year, that moment when regular anxiety turns into crippling anxiety, Alex Trebek’s battle with cancer and depression, the link between inflammation and bipolar medication, and more.



When You’re Exhausted in the New Year: The holiday season is…well… it’s exhausting to say the least. After all the shopping, wrapping, cooking, cleaning and partying, we just want to veg out for awhile. But instead of resting, we’re supposed to be making New Year’s resolutions on getting in shape and making money and “getting our lives together.” In this article, the author explains why it’s OK for you to take a much-needed break and get moving again on YOUR time. 

Five Ways to Improve Your Mental Health in 2020: The new decade is finally here! But, unfortunately, all of the world’s crises didn’t get the memo to reset: We still have wars, divisive politics, community violence and raging environmental nightmares. No wonder so many of us struggle with anxiety and depression. In this article, the author shares 5 simple but powerful behaviors to help improve your mental health this year.

Before I Could Get Over My Anxiety, I Had to Admit It Was Real: Do you struggle with severe anxiety? In this personal story, the author shares the moment her “regular” anxiety seemed to morph into crippling anxiety, which further triggered her childhood feelings that everything was her fault and that she’d never be good enough. She goes on to share how she began to take steps to improve her mental health and to cultivate happiness, regardless of her situation.

Alex Trebek Opens Up About Depression Amid Battle With Pancreatic Cancer: In a recent Good Morning America episode, Alex Trebek, long-time host of the popular game show “Jeopardy!,” spoke openly about his cancer diagnosis and how it has affected his mental health. He noted how tough it has been for his wife Jean and family to see him in pain.  “It’s always tough for caretakers because she has to deal with her worrying about my well-being and also dealing with… I’m not always the most pleasant person to be around when I’m experiencing severe pain or depression,” Trebek said.

Inflammation Predicts Response to Anti-Depression Medication: a new University of Wisconsin–Madison study finds that children and teens with bipolar depression respond better to an antipsychotic medicine if they have increased markers of inflammation in their blood. “The meeting point of inflammation and predictive biomarkers for antidepressant response is emerging as an important area of research,” says lead author Charles Raison, professor of human development and family studies.

Recall: Depression Medication Mirtazapine Recalled Due to Label Error on Declared Strength: One lot of Mirtazapine tablets — a medication used to treat major depressive disorder — was recently recalled due to a label error on its declared strength. Some bottles labeled as 7.5 mg may possibly contain 15 mg tablets.

Psychology Around the Net: January 4, 2020

Traci Pedersen

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Pedersen, T. (2020). Psychology Around the Net: January 4, 2020. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 3, 2020, from
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