Happy Saturday, Psych Central readers!
This week’s Psychology Around the Net brings you the latest on habits that help you focus, the often misdiagnosed premenstrual dysphoric disorder, the role stigma plays in small towns, and more.
Teachers and Other School-Based Professionals Can Treat Children’s Mental Health Problem: A new study reports teachers and other school professionals can provide school-based services to help reduce mental health problems in elementary-aged children. Says lead author Amanda Sanchez of the Center for Children and Families: “Treating children in schools can powerfully overcome issues of cost, transportation, and stigma that typically restrict broad utilization of mental health services.”
The Stigma of Mental Illness in Small Towns: Could it be that the relative lack of anonymity for people in small, rural towns causes them to be more likely to feel stigma and less likely to seek help for mental health issues?
6 Morning Habits (That Aren’t Meditation) That Help You Focus All Day: Meditation isn’t the only practice that can help ground you and keep you focused throughout the day.
LSD Treatments Can Actually ‘Harmonise’ The Brain Study Shows: There’ve been plenty of studies about how LSD — or “acid” — seems to help alleviate symptoms of certain mental health disorders such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but now new research shows just what’s happening inside the brains of people on LSD which could uncover the connection that helps those symptoms.
Bipolar Disorder & Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder Often Get Confused, But Here’s the Important Way They’re Different: The two disorders share both strong similarities and differences — to the point that women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) are often misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder — so it’s crucial women and their doctors work to understand symptoms and come to a correct diagnosis for more effective treatment options.
The Hidden Side to Your Personality: While we can observe some personality traits, biological factors like our hormones, immune systems, and gut microbes play a bigger role in our personalities than we might think.