Psychology Around the Net: December 2, 2017

Happy Saturday, Psych Central Readers!

This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers the successes (more specifically, lack thereof) of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, how mental illness might be passed down from generation, the #speakthesecret campaign for postpartum women, and more.


Health Insurers Are Still Skimping On Mental Health Coverage: Although it’s been almost a decade since the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act passed (an act that’s supposed to make it just as easy to get treatment for substance abuse and mental health problems), patients are still struggling to access treatment.

The Science And Psychology Behind How Tinder Works: “The promise of reward is a powerful motivator, and this system of seemingly random rewards encourages addiction.” (Basically, we’re all a bunch of B.F. Skinner’s pigeons.)

NIH Study of WWII Evacuees Suggests Mental Illness May Be Passed to Offspring: New research shows mental illness associated with childhood adversity might be passed from generation to generation — even when the child didn’t experience the same childhood adversity as the parent. Researchers don’t yet know why this happens, but some possible explanations include the parents’ behaviors changing (due to the adversity) or epigenetic changes (chemical alterations in gene expression, without changes to underlying DNA).

Nutritional Psychiatry: Emerging Evidence and Expert Interview: This interview with Felice Jacka, PhD of Deakin University in Australia, the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR), and the Food and Mood Centre, tells us more about the influence our diets have on our mental health.

These Comics Capture the Silent Struggle of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: Licensed clinical social worker, postpartum mental health author, and founder of The Postpartum Stress Center Karen Kleiman has launched the #speakthesecret campaign. With the help of illustrator Molly McIntyre, the #speakthesecret comics show the silent struggle of postpartum distress — the feelings of depression, anxiety, isolation, and guilt that postpartum women aren’t saying out loud.

Rick And Morty’s Dan Harmon Has Some Empathy and Wisdom for Anyone Suffering From Depression: Using Twitter, a fan asked Harmon for advice dealing with depression; his answer went above and beyond.

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