Happy Groundhog Day tomorrow! Do you think we will see six more weeks of winter, or will spring arrive early? In this week’s Psychology Around the Net, we discuss why the winter blues may seem worse this year, how psychedelic therapy can help cancer patients, recognizing postpartum depression, the link between gut bacteria and mental health, the role of imbalanced neurotransmitters in social anxiety, and more.
Are the Winter Blues Worse This Year? An Expert Weighs In: Are you feeling worse than you usually do in the winter time? For many, this season has been extra cold and gray, leading to more cases of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). But do we all need to go to Florida or buy a light box? In this article, Ed Connor, PsyD, offers some helpful advice for beating the winter blues.
Single Dose of Magic Mushrooms Eases Patients’ Anxiety, Depression for Years, New Study Finds: In a 2016 study, a group of cancer patients were given a single dose of synthetic psilocybin to see if it could ease their symptoms. A recent follow-up reveals that 80 percent are still experiencing significant improvements in anxiety and depression four years later. Dr. Stephen Ross, director of addiction psychiatry at New York University’s Langone Medical Center says “psilocybin-assisted therapy appears to both work rapidly and have a sustained benefit for years. If other studies support that, the implication is potentially huge for cancer patients.”
What is Postpartum Depression? Recognizing the Signs and Getting Help: Have you or a loved one struggled with postpartum depression? Around one in seven women experiences depression during or after pregnancy. This detailed article lists five things everyone should know about perinatal depression, its symptoms and treatment options.
A Closer Look at the Importance of Gut Mechanisms in Depression: A growing body of evidence reveals that good gut health is paramount to our mental health. In this article, the author cites recent research and explains in detail how gut bacteria is central to mood stability.
Dopamine-Serotonin Imbalance Could Be Previously Unknown Factor for Social Anxiety: Do you struggle with social anxiety? New findings from Uppsala University in Sweden show that the balance between serotonin and dopamine may be a better predictor of social anxiety than changes in either neurotransmitter individually.
Anorexia and Exercise Addiction Caused My Broken Foot: A recent study by Anglia Ruskin University in the U.K. found that people with an eating disorder are almost four times more likely to also struggle with an exercise addiction compared to those without an eating disorder. These are the exact issues Hope Virgo, 29, has struggled with since the age of 13. “The more exercise I did and the less food I ate the better I felt about everything,” Virgo says. Eventually, her bones became so calcium deficient that they couldn’t support her weight. This article shares her story of recovery.