Are you ready for this week’s Psychology Around the Net? We’ve got some pretty interesting updates in the mental health world for you this week!
Keep reading for how one doctor believes we should change the conversation about mental illness, ways you can boost your productivity when that sweet summer sunshine keeps distracting you, the problem with studies claiming artists have higher rates of mental illness, and more.
15 Culture Perks to Boost Team Productivity During the Summer: Summer can cause us to get a bit restless in the work department. It’s nice out; we want to go play! However, there are some productivity-boosting tricks to help keep your or your employees’ heads in the game while still enjoying summer. Take a look at what these 15 members of the Forbes Agency Council suggested.
How to Have a Better Conversation About Mental Illness: In this opinion piece, Dr. Lisa Pryor explains why the conversations we’re currently having about mental illness needs to change directions: “The conversation about mental health has become so focused on mild to moderate illness and stigma reduction that it does a disservice to people living with mental illness at the more debilitating end of the spectrum, fueling misunderstanding of the nature and risks of these illnesses and under-resourcing of treatment.”
Don’t Dismiss Tech Solutions to Mental Health Problems: Could virtual reality be used to effectively bridge the gap between the need for mental health care and the diminishing numbers of mental health care professionals?
Mental Illness Study to Explore Patients’ Self-Assessments: A new multi-university study involving 450 subjects — half who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder and half who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder — is aiming to generate evidence about the nature of self-assessment impairments people with these disorders tend to experience.
WHO Officially Classifies Sex Addiction as a Mental Illness: The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has a listing for “Sexual Disorder Not Otherwise Specified,” which can cover a range of sexual-related compulsions, but now the World Health Organization (WHO) has added sex addiction specifically to its International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11).
The Problem With Studies Claiming Artists Have Higher Rates of Mental Illness: “Perhaps the question should be: Why are clinicians principally researching artists, rather than a more generalized group? (When you only look at artists, your conclusions could only relate to artists, which is why sample groups tend to be small and control groups nonexistent.) They could study a variety of occupational groups that also are highly trained, work independently and need to develop creative solutions to thorny problems. Creativity is expressed in far more forms than just the writing of a poem or the carving of a sculpture.”