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Psychology Around the Net: March 16, 2019

Hello, lovers of all things psychology, psychiatry, and mental health related!

Today we’re going to take a look at how vitamins and other supplements don’t ward off depression, why it’s important not to get swept up in “boutique” wellness trends (and what to do instead), the ways in which you can manipulate your brain to completely forget something (really?), and more.


Study: Diet Supplements Don’t Ward Off Depression: New research involving more than 1,000 overweight or obese participants located in Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom who were at risk for depression — but not currently depressed — showed that taking vitamins and other supplements won’t prevent depression; however, better eating habits might help.

Are Eyes the Window to Our Mistakes? Researchers from the University of Arizona report that because the size of our pupils change when we make certain types of mistakes, we might have a glimpse into what’s going on in our brains when we make, err, crappy decisions.

When It Comes to Mental Health Forget the Wellness Trends and Just Keep Moving to Feel Your Best: Boutique wellness centers have become so much of a thing that many people — especially those who are just starting out with exercise — are either a) getting too stressed from this “ideal way” incorporating itself into every area of their everyday lives to continue, b) getting too burnt out to continue, or c) becoming too intimidated to even start. Pip Black, founder of Frame, says when this is the case, ditch the trends and just focus on moving, getting some outdoor time, and always reminding yourself tomorrow is a new day.

Stop Using the Words ‘At Least’ to Comfort: Says Lifehacker’s Meghan Moravcik Walbert, “Most people who use ‘At least…’ to try to comfort are well-meaning. They think they’re being helpful by pointing out the ‘bright side.’ But people in pain do not want to see the bright side; they want to feel heard and understood.”

Yes, It’s Possible to Intentionally Forget Something—Here’s How: Ah, that sounds lovely, but be warned: you’re probably going to have to spend a lot of time remembering it before you can actually forget it.

ACLU Says Schools Need More Mental Health Professionals, Not Police: According to a recently released report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), nearly one-third of public school students (that’s more than 14 million kids) attend schools that have police officers but not nurses, psychologists, counselors, or social workers.

Psychology Around the Net: March 16, 2019

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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Sparks, A. (2019). Psychology Around the Net: March 16, 2019. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 1, 2020, from
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