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Psychology Around the Net: October 22, 2016


Once again, my friends, I come to you from behind a computer screen with a box of tissues on one side and a trash can on the other. Tears are running down my cheeks, I can’t stop sneezing, and even though I can’t breathe my nostrils aren’t too stopped up to — well, I won’t get gross.

Wasn’t it just a few months ago I was suffering from allergies? Can you even get allergies in the fall? According to WebMD, you sure can, and thanks to a myriad of potential culprits (mold spores and pollen hiding out in fallen leaves and dust mites triggered from turning the heat on for the first time), I am once again down for the count.

Still, that hasn’t stopped me from bringing you this week’s latest in mental health news! Keep reading for healthy tips for how to break off a friendship, Instagram’s new mental health “flagging” feature, ways you can beat election stress, and more.

How to Break Up With a Friend: Specialists weigh in on the different kinds of friends we have and why we have them, how to determine whether we really want to “break up” with one (or try to work it out), and, if we do, how to go about breaking off the friendship in the most mature, respectful way.

The 7 Best Ways to Beat Election Stress: According to a recent survey conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), 52% of American adults say the 2016 election is a “somewhat significant — or very significant — source of stress in their lives,” regardless of their political parties. We have less than a month to go, folks, and these seven tips to chill out might help us get there a little easier.

Children and Self-Esteem: The True Test: Many parents worry about how they’re parenting affects their child’s self-esteem, but how many parents are honest with themselves about how their children effect their self-esteem? According to one of the gents over at The Boss Dad Movement, “children have a way of wearing us down physically and emotionally,” something that can be “particularly trying on our self-esteem.” Using Nathaniel Branden’s The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem: The Definitive Work on Self-Esteem by the Leading Pioneer in the Field, the writer, Millar, outlines two issues to think about: where your child is in his or her development and the importance of understanding that building self-esteem is an active process.”

How Gaps In Mental Health Care Play Out In Emergency Rooms: New research provides insight into how often patients with mental health problems end up in the emergency room, many times because earlier opportunities to intervene were missed. Among the researchers, pediatricians and child psychiatrists say “children are among the hardest hit.”

Schizophrenia Not a Mental Illness, Pakistan’s Top Court Says: Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ruled that schizophrenia “does not fall within its legal definition of mental disorders” and thus has cleared the way for Imdad Ali — a man who has been diagnosed as having paranoid schizophrenia by multiple government doctors — to be executed for murder. According to Ali’s lawyers, executing Ali would violate Pakistan’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a United Nations treaty.

Instagram’s New Feature Is a Mental Health Game-Changer: Working with organizations such as the National Eating Disorders Association and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Instagram has created a new feature that allows users to flag a photo if they feel it suggests the other user needs help. Once the photo is flagged, the photo’s owner will receive the message: “Someone saw one of your posts and thinks you might be going through a difficult time. If you need support, we’d like to help.”

Psychology Around the Net: October 22, 2016

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: October 22, 2016. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 24, 2020, from
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