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Happy Saturday, sweet readers!

This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers why we don’t need to make sure our kids are happy all day everyday, how diabetes is more prevalent in psychiatric patients, the reason some of us just go to sleep when faced with more stress, and more.

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When a Woman Took Sick Days for Mental Health, Her Email Sparked a Larger Discussion: Because some of you might not have seen this on social media (and, obviously, other news outlets), I don’t want to give any spoiler alerts on this “larger discussion,” but I promise you might just walk away from it with the urge to talk with your own boss about company policies. Or, if you’re the boss, it might make you take a closer look at your employees’ mental health needs.

These Are the 7 Things That Drive People to Get Things Done, According to Psychology: Clinical psychologist Mary C. Lamia takes a look at the different motivations that move people to chase not just success, but excellence in her new book, What Motivates Getting Things Done.

Diabetes Mellitus More Prevalent In Psychiatric Patients Than General Population: A recent meta-analysis from the United Kingdom shows that diabetes appears to be more prevalent among psychiatric patients (such as those with mood disorders, schizophrenia (or schizoaffective disorders), and substance abuse disorders than it does among people with out psychiatric disorders.

The Fine Art of Mental Illness: What Paintings Tell Us About Someone’s Psyche: JAMA Psychiatry has collected more than 10 years worth of monthly essays connecting visual art to psychiatry and mental health issues. Each essay by James C. Harris–a professor of psychiatry and behavioral science and the director of Johns Hopkins University’s Developmental Neuropsychiatry Clinic–focuses on one piece of art and the search for psychiatric truths of each artist, and the journal presents them as “Art and Images in Psychiatry.”

Women and Men May Have Different Bipolar Disorder Biomarkers: Two bipolar disorder features (one, the different ways men and women react to episodes of mania and depression and two, brain inflammation related to immune system activation) led to a study about the way women and men react to compounds associated with their immune systems’ responses to bipolar disorder. Researchers found men and women react differently, and the results could lead to both a way of diagnosing bipolar disorder by measuring the body’s biological changes as well as finding treatments tailored for men and women.

When Stress Makes You Fall Asleep: Raise your hand if you’re a person who, when faced with an amount of stress so stressful that you can’t deal with how stressed out you are (yes, I know, a mouthful), you just go to sleep. *raising hand* Well, according to Dr. Curtis Reisinger, clinical psychologist at Zucker Hillside Hospital, the age old “fight or flight” response is pretty simplified. Specifically, “flight” kind of means different things to different people, and sleep (also known as “fear naps”) is one version.