Happy Saturday, Psych Central readers!
If you’re having the kind of weekend we are here in my neck of the woods (i.e. 90+ degree weather — whew!), take a break inside and cool down while you catch up on some of the latest in mental health this week including the psychology behind being hangry, how you can use persistent regrets to change your present life, the connection between Bob Ross and relaxation (and we’re not talking painting, here), and more!
Feeling Hangry? New Study Explains The Psychology Why People Get Angry When Hungry: The Oxford English Dictionary recently accepted the word “hangry,” but new research gives us a deeper look into why people get so angry when they’re hungry.
6 Pearls to Consider When Treating Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: There’s data to support that lithium is the ideal treatment option for pediatric bipolar disorder — and there’s data to suggest lithium should be a second or even third treatment approach. So, what’s the deal? When should doctors use — or hold off on — treating pediatric bipolar disorder with lithium?
A New Study On the Psychology of Persistent Regrets Can Teach you How to Live Now: Instead of trying to repress your negative, sad thoughts or adopt a “no regrets” attitude, your best bet is to dig into the regret, become familiar with its nature, and the nature of how you respond to it.
Cannabis Does Not Increase Suicidal Behavior in Psychiatric Patients: New research finds there’s no significant link between using cannabis use and suicidal behavior in people with psychiatric disorders — findings that contrast with pre-existing data that does link cannibas use to increased suicidal behavior in the general population. However, the researchers do note that, based on a small subset of study participants, the heaviness of cannabis use did increase the risk of suicidal behavior in males which suggests a closer follow-up of those patients.
Why Mental Illness Is So Hard to Spot in Seniors: So many factors go into why detecting mental illness in seniors — ageism, stigma, not enough time spent with their primary care doctors — but once it is spotted, many of the same treatment options for non-seniors (medication, talk therapy, and family support) can be just as beneficial for older people.
Let Bob Ross Beat Away Your Stress Like a Wet Brush: Here’s something fun. The subscription meditation app Calm has added Bob Ross to its catalog of narrators of their “sleep stories” (the soothing stories meant to help calm your mind before bed). Get ready to float away to dreamland on some happy little clouds.