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What Killed Amanda Todd? A Look at Cyberbullying and Teen Suicide

What Killed Amanda Todd? A Look at Cyberbullying and Teen Suicide | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
In the wake of Amanda Todd's tragic suicide, observers have begun assigning responsibility. Some say the Internet is to blame. Others blame Amanda's mental health issues. Who is right? What killed Amanda Todd?
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Psychology studies can seem confusing and contradictory. Mom Psych cuts through the clutter to bring the latest research home.


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PTSD in the Family: Dressing Invisible Wounds

PTSD in the Family: Dressing Invisible Wounds | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
What image comes to mind when you hear the term posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD? If you conjure up the face of a soldier, you are certainly not alone. However the diverse faces of PTSD tell another story.
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Roaming Aunt Scores Guacamole

Roaming Aunt Scores Guacamole | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
When I'm in a foreign country I try to stick with the local cuisine. I didn't travel all the way to Thailand to eat pizza, although most menus offer it for the tourists who can't hold their pad see...
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We gain a lot of personal insight when we travel . . . and personal insight supports good mental health. As it happens, Aunt Psych has been traveling quite a bit lately . . . 

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Hey, Guys: Posting a Lot of Selfies Doesn’t Send a Good Message

Hey, Guys: Posting a Lot of Selfies Doesn’t Send a Good Message | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
The picture isn’t pretty for those who post a lot of selfies on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. At least for guys.
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Guys who post a lot of selfies (compared to photos with other people in them) score higher on traits like narcissism, psychopathy and self-objectification. This doesn't mean they are necessarily narcissists or psychopaths. Just that they show higher levels of those traits than the average Joe.

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"Fit-spiration": is it Healthy?

"Fit-spiration":  is it Healthy? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

  “ZAP BUZZ!” A woman in the coffee shop nearly jumps out of her seat. She stares at her “Fitbit“—a recently-popular wristband that vibrates to remind you that you have been sitting down for a while and need to “START MOVING!” Yes, it’s quite like a shock-collar for humans, aimed at promoting healthy habits via what appears to be generating a fear of sitting down. I had a device quite like that inside my head for a while. It’s called anorexia.

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Mental Illness: Why You Don't Understand It

Mental Illness: Why You Don't Understand It | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

“I’m not the only one!” I cried at the screen, blubbering about on a mound of pillows like a beached walrus, producing a waterworks display that nearly got me hired at Sea World. . . . 

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Mom Psych's recent guest blogger, Lauren Parkes, connected with so many readers that we've asked her to take on her own blog for Mom Psych. Please follow Lauren as she takes us Inside Anorexia to help us better understand and support our loved ones, while also offering sufferers the assurance that help and hope are within reach.

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Leaving Anorexia: The Road to Recovery

Leaving Anorexia: The Road to Recovery | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Over the past year, several notable research studies have shed light on some of the biological influences that contribute to Anorexia, and have pointed the way to potential new treatment approaches...
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But here's a personal story to put it all in perspective . . . 

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World Suicide Prevention Day: Breaking the Silence

World Suicide Prevention Day: Breaking the Silence | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Suicide is a widespread public health problem, albeit one that many people find it difficult to talk about, whether they are at risk themselves or have a loved one who is at risk.

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September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. This year, the World Health Organization has published its first-ever report on suicide prevention. There remains a lot to learn, but researchers have come a long way toward busting some of the harmful myths that prevent people from seeking the help they need.

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Mom Was Wrong: You Should Talk to Strangers

Mom Was Wrong: You Should Talk to Strangers | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Human beings are one of the most social species on the planet, yet when in close proximity with one another—sitting inches away on a train—we routinely ignore each other. Why?
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Previous research has told us that close friends and family aren't the only people who matter to our well-being. Every connection we make has the potential to make a unique positive contribution in our lives.

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Review of ADHD drug approvals highlights gaps between approval process, long-term safety assessment - PsyPost

Review of ADHD drug approvals highlights gaps between approval process, long-term safety assessment - PsyPost | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Over the last 60 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 20 medications for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) based on clinical trials that were not designed to study their long-term efficacy and safety or to detect rare adverse events, researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital report today in PLOS ONE. The study highlights gaps inRead More

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I Wanna be a Grandma

I Wanna be a Grandma | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
This is a mock letter which represents the feelings expressed to me by many parents whose adult daughters are unmarried and in their thirties.   Dear Daughter, It’s not about you, it’s about m...
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Do you think your parents are putting undue pressure on you to start a family when you don't feel ready? As they work at understanding your perspective, maybe it's also helpful to understand theirs—and to see the love and vulnerability that drives it.

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Addicted Aunt Puts Down the Smart Phone

Addicted Aunt Puts Down the Smart Phone | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

"Technology does not shape our lives; we use it to our own purposes to enhance the lifestyle we have chosen. You can’t blame the phone if you don’t like where society is going. I found another quote that supports my position so bear with me."

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In her latest post on Aunt Psych, Jo wonders whether she suffers from smartphone addiction. (On the other hand, maybe she enjoys every minute of it.)

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Teen Pregnancy Declines: The Greatest Story Never Told

Teen Pregnancy Declines: The Greatest Story Never Told | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Rates are decreasing, but the mission has not yet been accomplished, as the National Campaign notes. The United States still has higher rates (about 3 in 10 girls) than other industrialized nations.
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How Our View of What Makes Us Happy Has Changed in 80 Years

How Our View of What Makes Us Happy Has Changed in 80 Years | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Researchers in 2014 recreate a 1938 study to discover differences in how definitions of happiness have changed over time.
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What makes you happy?

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Fabulous Aunt Faces Forty

Fabulous Aunt Faces Forty | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Turning 40 can spark some introspection and send you looking for meaningful experiences. As it turns out, meaningful experiences can't always be planned . . . 

 

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Science tells us that spending our money on experiences such as travel brings more lasting happiness than spending it on material goods—because we create meaningful experiences that support a positive mental outlook. Aunt Psych recently decided to give this idea a try . . . 

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How to Not Sweat The Small Stuff (even when it feels like BIG stuff)

How to Not Sweat The Small Stuff (even when it feels like BIG stuff) | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Feet are actually the most bizarre, alien-looking objects. Like, look at your feet! Look at them! They're so weird! Don't take offence—I too am currently looking at the obscureness of my own. Why h...
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Ever experienced "semantic satiation"? Odds are that you have. In her latest post on "Inside Anorexia," Lauren Parkes suggests this phenomenon can help us gain perspective so that we don't sweat the small stuff . . .

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Feeling Judgy? Take Home Some Lessons from the Parking Lot at Trader Joe's

Feeling Judgy? Take Home Some Lessons from the Parking Lot at Trader Joe's | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
A dear friend of mine (we'll call her Lizzy) is the single mom of two daughters. Lizzy spends her days working at our school, and her evenings and weekends engaged in activities aimed at enriching ...
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Have you ever been on the receiving end of a "parking-lot judgment"? Have you ever been on the bestowing end? Maybe you've experienced both. In either case . . . tell us your story, we're bound to learn something.

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Those who judge parents rarely know what they are judging.  Every parent can remember times when they are dealing with a crisis from a child and strangers disapprove.  It seems to be a national tendency, especially from people who have never been a parent.  . -Lon

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Check out Gina Stepp: Mom Psych's #HAAwards Nomination

Check out Gina Stepp: Mom Psych's #HAAwards Nomination | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Many thanks to our readers for your part in helping us reduce mental health stigma through your generous sharing of our posts. Due to your enthusiasm, Mom Psych has been nominated for two different WEGO Awards. If you feel the urge and would like to see our site win one of them, please take a moment to endorse us here:

 

 


https://awards.wegohealth.com/nominees/9331

 

 

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Just takes a moment and a click to endorse our efforts to raise mental health awareness. :) Thank you!!

 

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And now our anorexia recovery blogger, Lauren Parkes, has also been nominated for a WEGO. Please also endorse her if you can take a moment. Thank you so much! https://awards.wegohealth.com/nominees/9871
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Relationships Benefit When Parents, Adult Children Connect through Multiple Channels

Relationships Benefit When Parents, Adult Children Connect through Multiple Channels | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Adult children’s relationship satisfaction with their parents is modestly influenced by the number of communication tools, such as cell phones, email, social networking sites, that they use to communicate.
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The more channels you use to communicate . . . the better. :) And they'll talk to you more often if you take the trouble to step out of your comfort zone and use their technology~

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A Parent's Guide to Depression and Suicide in Young Adults

A Parent's Guide to Depression and Suicide in Young Adults | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

While no parent wants to believe that their child would ever consider taking their own life, suicide is actually the third leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24, according to the CDC. It’s vital for parents of young adults to understand and recognize the warning signs of depression, the potential health impact of a suicide attempt, and how to seek help if their child is having suicidal thoughts. "

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Today's guest post is by Dr. Jesse Viner of Yellowbrick, a healthcare organization whose mission is to provide a full-spectrum, specialized approach to the emotional, psychological and developmental challenges of emerging young adults. 

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Are State Medicaid Policies Sentencing People with Mental Illnesses to Prison?

Are State Medicaid Policies Sentencing People with Mental Illnesses to Prison? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Researchers from the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics have linked tighter Medicaid policies governing antipsychotic drugs with increased incarceration rates for schizophrenic individuals.
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When schizophrenics can't get the help they need, they sometimes end up in prison. That help isn't always medical, but sometimes it is. Interestingly, this study shows that when mental health help is withheld, the patients increase the prison population. I think John Oliver says it in a way few could: 
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2014/07/21/john_oliver_prison_segment_on_last_week_tonight_is_one_you_should_watch.html

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The Roseto Lesson: How to Live Forever

The Roseto Lesson: How to Live Forever | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

I got you on the "how to live forever" part, didn't I? Okay, it depends on your interpretation of forever, but let's just say "longer than you might otherwise expect."

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What does health and longevity have to do with the residents of Roseto, Pennsylvania? You probably have a general idea of where I’m going with this, but pull up a chair and pour yourself a glass of (red) wine anyway. If you haven’t heard this story before, you’ll find it a cool little piece of Italian-American history.


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Why People with Bipolar Disorder Are Bigger Risk-Takers

Why People with Bipolar Disorder Are Bigger Risk-Takers | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered that circuits in the brain involved in pursuing and relishing rewarding experiences are more strongly activated in people with bipolar disorder, guiding them towards riskier gambles and away from safer ones.
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It's important to note that people with bipolar disorder sometimes also have psychotic episodes:  for instance, they may have hallucinations or delusions that lead them to believe they have special powers or that various fictional events have occurred. Estimates are that as many as 50 percent of people in bipolar depression, or 70 percent of those in manic episodes, experience psychosis. This factor also would certainly affect risk taking.

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Study Finds That Suicides Are Far More Likely to Occur after Midnight

Study Finds That Suicides Are Far More Likely to Occur after Midnight | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
A new study provides novel evidence suggesting that suicides are far more likely to occur between midnight and 4 a.m. than during the daytime or evening.
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What is Punishment?

What is Punishment? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

On May 21st, a story came out of China about a father who had tried to punish his daughter for cheating and went too far. Tragic stories like these emphasize how confused many parents are about punishment, as well as about how behavior change works in general. What is punishment and how is it best used?

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Video Stories, Other Bonding Exercises Could Help Foster Families Connect

Video Stories, Other Bonding Exercises Could Help Foster Families Connect | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Researchers develop a parenting program known to improve communication in non-foster families for use in foster families.
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Kids may be put into foster care because their birth homes are abusive, but even so . . . kids are wired to connect to their birth parents no matter how complicated the relationship. This is why programs like these are vital . . .

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