I won’t begin this edition of Psychology Around the Net by saying “Happy Saturday!”, as I usually do, because I — like the rest of the country, and the world — am well aware that many of you are not happy.
Whether you voted for Hillary Clinton and are outraged that — and perhaps feeling scared and threatened because — Donald Trump won the election, or you voted for Donald Trump (or a third-party candidate) and are hurt because some of your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and even strangers are accusing you of not caring about important human concerns such as racism, sexism, and the safety of the LBGTQ community, chances are you’re not happy.
Chances are, you might even feel depressed, anxious and panicked, and even — as reports have shown me — suicidal.
So instead, I’ll use this introduction to share with you an article that lists a number of free mental health resources with the sole purpose of helping you during mental health crisis: Need Help After The Election? These Mental Health Resources Are Completely Free Of Cost. I also encourage you to check Psych Central’s own Mental Health & Psychology Resources Online as well as our online discussion forums where you can connect with and seek support or support others during this tumultuous time.
Understand these resources are unbiased. They were founded long before the election results, and again, their sole purposes are to help you in your time of need. Regardless of for whom we voted, many of us are in a time of need. I sincerely hope these resources help.
With that being said, let’s move ahead with other mental health news and research efforts currently going on.
How ‘Psychobiotics’ Use Gut Bacteria To Treat Mental Illness: We know that gut bacteria can communicate with our brains and impact our mood and cognition; we’ve also been told probiotics can have anti-anxiety and anti-depression effects. However, now University of Oxford Psychiatrists suggest the scientific community take a closer look at “psychobiotics” — “a new scientific term referring to any intervention that has an effect on mental health by way of changes in the gut microbiome.”
Community Paramedics Work to Link Patients with Mental Health Care: “Here’s how the concept of community paramedics works. When the local 911 system comes upon a patient with a potential mental health crisis, these specially trained paramedics are dispatched to the scene. They’ve learned to identify problems, intervene and de-escalate the situation.”
Selfies Hurt Self-Esteem. No, They Help. Scientists Can’t Make Up Their Minds: Will this debate ever end? Who knows. Here are two separate studies to consider: one says looking at selfies can hurt your self-esteem, while the other says taking selfies can help your self-esteem. (Oh, and let’s not forget the effect groupies can have on your self-esteem.)
Mindfulness: 5 Hacks For Anxiety That Are Easy To Hide In Public Or The Office: Sometimes, we can’t use — or don’t feel comfortable using — some common ways to manage anxiety (such as meditation and exercise) in public; however, there are ways to practice another form of anxiety management — mindfulness — in a discreet and effective manner involving all five senses and your entire body.
What Does It Take to Make a Memory? Study Says New Proteins: A team of scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have identified a sub-region of the brain that forms a memory — and not just any memory, but a fear-associated memory related to a specific environmental cue, or a “contextual fear memory.”
Childhood Trauma Linked to Substance Abuse Later in Life: Says a large nationwide sample that followed subjects from adolescence into adulthood, childhood trauma and drug abuse are associated and the odds a person will turn to substance abuse increase related to the number of types of trauma the person experienced as a child.