This week’s Psychology Around the Net explores how anxiety looks in children, how managers can work with employees dealing with depression, why young girls are struggling more with mental health issues than their male counterparts, a new bill that would make mental health a priority for first responders, and more.
Anxiety is Different for Kids: Do you have a child who struggles with anxiety? Would you even recognize it? According to the author, anxiety disorders in children can manifest in a variety of ways, and kids typically don’t display symptoms in the same way that adults do. Michigan-based therapist Carrie Krawiec, LMFT, offers specific advice parents can use to identify anxiety symptoms in their kids and help them work through them successfully.
How to Manage an Employee With Depression: Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. In the workforce, the disorder is estimated to cost $44 billion a year in lost productivity in the U.S. alone. Here is an excellent guide for managers on how to negotiate work arrangements for employees struggling with depression.
Girls at Center of Teen Mental Health Crisis: Rates of major depression among teen girls in the U.S. rose from 12% in 2011 to 20% in 2017. According to the article, rates of depression started to tick up just as smartphones became popular, suggesting that digital media may play a role. But both boys and girls started using smartphones around the same time, so why are girls experiencing more mental health issues? The author examines three surveys of more than 200,000 teens in the U.S. and U.K. in an attempt to find some answers.
Mental Health in First Responders Becoming a Priority: In 2017, more firefighters and police officers died by suicide than in the line of duty. In addition, rates of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression are five times higher in firefighters and police officers than in the general public. A new bi-partisan bill going through the Wisconsin legislature, Assembly Bill 569, would give firefighters and police officers up to 32 weeks of workers’ compensation, if they are diagnosed with PTSD by a licensed doctor.
Childhood Trauma and Your Inner Critic–And What to Do: Do you have an inner critic? That part of yourself that constantly berates and criticizes your own thoughts, feelings and actions? Maybe your inner critic says something like this: “Why would you even say that? Now the person thinks you’re a moron. You’re so dumb.” In this article, the author shares several approaches to help you silence your inner critic.
Rethinking Interactions With Mental Health Patients: A new Australian study refutes the idea that people with severe mental illness are incapable of effective communication with their psychiatrist. Professor Cherrie Galletly from the Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide says that patients can be “positioned as active participants by psychiatrists who adopt a non-confrontational, non-judgemental approach, conveying support and safety, and ask open ended questions which allows the patient to engage, feel listened to, and work with the psychiatrist to achieve a shared understanding.”