I remember back when the coronavirus pandemic was first sweeping the world; it hadn’t yet hit America with full force, states hadn’t yet started issuing state-at-home orders, and most people hadn’t yet started working from home. Back then, I thought I could keep Psychology Around the Net fairly coronavirus free — after all, Psych Central’s contributors were and still are doing a fantastic job of handling the subject.
However, it eventually did hit America full force, we’ve been under stay-at-home orders for a while (and some of us are coming out of them), and many people are working at home. It’s not easy finding a varied selection of each week’s latest on mental health that doesn’t at least somewhat touch on COVID-19. Why should it be? The pandemic has woven itself pretty tightly into most aspects of our lives. It’s what we want to know more about.
So, without further ado, this week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at a pediatrician’s advice for handling kids’ health issues during the coronavirus pandemic, ways you can manage your mental health when you’re working from home, how we’re reacting to the death awareness COVID-19 sprung on us, and more.
Stay well, friends!
A Pediatrician’s Advice On Kids’ Doctor Visits, Vaccines, Mental Health and More Amid the Pandemic: There’s so much unknown surrounding COVID-19; it only makes sense that many parents are keeping their children away from the public. However, some appointments are worth keeping. Pediatrician Dr. Tanya Altmann weighs in on in-person and telehealth well child visits; what to do if a child becomes injured, sick, or emotionally unwell; what parents can do about kids missing out on social interaction; and more.
How to Maintain Your Mental Health While Working From Home: Solid tips for keeping mentally healthy when working at home — whether you started long before the coronavirus quarantine or this is all new to you.
What Are Teachers’ Role in Recognizing ADHD? Your kids might not be spending much (or any) time around their teachers right now, but when they are spending most of their days at school their teachers get to see things their parents might not — including possible ADHD symptoms. How useful are teachers’ observations?
Coping with ‘Death Awareness’ in the COVID-19 Era: We don’t usually think about it during less threatening times, but the current coronavirus pandemic has us face-to-face with our own impermanence, and there are two sides to this death-awareness coin: reflecting on death and working to strengthen connections (say, with family and friends) or succumbing to anxiety and kicking into self-preservation mode (toilet paper, anyone?).
Not All Psychopaths Are Violent; New Study May Explain Why Some Are ‘Successful’ Instead: Generally, we think of psychopathy as a risk factor for violent behavior; however, there are some psychopathic people who don’t engage in antisocial behavior or criminal acts. These individuals tend to be high in psychopathic trains but also have “successful” life trajectories or outcomes (for example, a lawyer or CEO rather than in prison). Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University have conducted a study testing this phenomenon — specifically, the theory that “successful” psychopaths develop great conscientious traits that work to inhibit their antisocial impulses. Says lead author Emily Lasko: “The compensatory model posits that people higher in certain psychopathic traits (such as grandiosity and manipulation) are able to compensate for and overcome, to some extent, their antisocial impulses via increases in trait conscientiousness, specifically impulse control.”
Anger Management: Unhealthy and Healthy Coping Skills: When you don’t know how to deal with your anger in a healthy way, you’re at risk for turning to a harmful way.