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Psychology Around the Net: May 19, 2018

Happy Saturday, sweet readers!

This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers how a parent’s mental health and parenting styles can affect the child’s ability to maintain friendships, reactions to the second season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, why it’s important CEO’s share mental health challenges they faced climbing the success ladder, and more.

(Oh, and maaaaaaaybe a little something about a certain couple’s wedding today!)

Meghan Markle’s Mom Quits Job at Mental Health Clinic: OK, OK, OK, I admit it. This isn’t exactly mental health news, per se, but cut me some slack. I had to indulge in my guilty pleasure just a smidge today — the day of the royal wedding! Meghan Markle’s mother, a yoga teacher and social worker, has quit her job at a Los Angeles mental health clinic with talk of perusing a private practice career focusing on elderly patients.

13 Reasons Why: Season Two Is ‘Unnecessary’, Critics Say: Netflix released the second season of 13 Reasons Why yesterday (Friday, May 18, 2018), and it seems the second season is being met with even more criticism than the first. While the first season did have some praise for bringing awareness to bullying, rape, and self-harm, many viewers — regular folk and mental health professionals alike — felt it almost (if not out right) glamorized suicide. Now, some critics are saying the second season was not only unnecessary, but perhaps dangerous — at least the release timing. Says Helen Rayner of the Royal College of Psychiatrists: “It’s well known within children’s services that there’s an increase in completed suicides and suicide attempts during the exam season. This could cause an increase in suicide rates.”

Why Does Mental Illness Arise? Clues Found in the Visual Brain: Researchers from Duke University have found that the risk of mental illness increases when the brain’s visual cortex can’t properly communicate with other brain networks, specifically the ones that help us make plans, focus on tasks, and think about ourselves.

Handgrip Strength Predicts Cognitive Function in Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression: According to a new study in JAMA Psychiatry, your handgrip strength could reliably predict your cognitive impairment if you have bipolar disorder or major depression.

Why CEOs Need to Talk About Mental Health: Forbes Contributor Macaela MacKenzie interviews Emma McIlroy, the CEO and cofounder of Wildfang, about why it’s important for CEOs to talk about their own mental health issues. “‘It would be so much easier for me to stand up and not be vulnerable—to just say, ‘It’s all great. I’m a big deal CEO […] But that doesn’t help the people coming behind you who are going through the same difficulties or those who want to become entrepreneurs.'”

Parents’ Mental Health Issues May Spoil Children’s Friendships: The results of a new study out of Finland suggests parents’ mental health issues and parenting styles can play a role in a child’s ability to maintain friendships in elementary school.

Psychology Around the Net: May 19, 2018

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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