How to Help a Partner with Depression, and Other News

Man hugging woman outsideLiving with a partner who is experiencing depression can be challenging, particularly because depression may cause people to withdraw from their relationships or lose interest in sex. Attempts at helping may fail, or even make things worse, initiating a cycle of worsening symptoms and relationship decline.

New research published in the journal Developmental Psychology provides insight into how people can help significant others who have symptoms of depression. The study suggests increasing support benefits both the person with depression and that person’s partner.

The study surveyed more than 1,400 couples on self-esteem, depression, and levels of support. Men experienced increases in self-esteem from supporting their partners with depression. Women whose partners supported them also experienced self-esteem boosts and were less likely to experience future depression. High self-esteem in women and fewer depression symptoms in men correlated with receiving more support from their partners. This suggests the people with lower self-esteem and more depression symptoms may be less likely to receive the support they need.

I Feel for You: Some Really Do

About 2% of the population experiences mirror-touch synesthesia. The condition causes people to experience tactile sensations when others are touched. For example, a person who sees someone touched on video might feel like they were touched. According to a new study exploring this condition, some people with mirror-touch synesthesia may not realize their experiences are unusual.

When a Teenager’s Coping Mechanism is SpongeBob

The adolescent years can be a difficult time for many people, bringing hormonal changes that can cause increased stress. To cope, many teens may return to the movies, books, and shows they loved in childhood. For some, this strategy offers stress relief through a reminder of an easier stage of life.

Why We Should Think Critically About Positive Psychology in Our Universities

All students at Buckingham University in the United Kingdom will be trained in positive psychology in an attempt to reduce bullying and negative emotions. Not everyone agrees with this approach, with some suggesting positive psychology forces people to ignore negative emotions and experiences. They argue it puts too much pressure on the individual, ignoring the role that society and other external factors play.

Surging Demand for Mental Health Care Jams College Services

Higher education students are seeking more mental health services, as colleges struggle to keep up. Psychiatrists are often part-time employees, and college counseling centers may not be adequately staffed to meet student needs. In some cases, students are left waiting weeks for much-needed mental health care.

Hospice Caregivers Should Be Screened Early to Prevent Depression, Anxiety

More than 34 million Americans care for terminally ill loved ones. Many do not receive the support they need. According to a new study, a quarter of caregivers experience moderate or severe depression, and a third have moderate to severe anxiety. Researchers suggest providers should view terminal illness as a family condition, and they should offer mental health screening and treatment to potentially struggling caregivers.

‘Synthetic Marijuana’ May Cause Serious Harm to Health

Users of synthetic cannabinoids known as “Spice” and “K2” may mistakenly believe these products are a safer alternative to marijuana. A new systematic review details several harmful side effects linked to the use of these products, including seizures, convulsions, and strokes. The study’s authors caution that synthetic forms of marijuana more aggressively stimulate brain receptors for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the primary active ingredient in marijuana.

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  • aj

    aj

    February 10th, 2017 at 10:47 AM

    Been hearing a lot of scary stories about the synthetic drugs lately. Why are they even legal when it sounds like they could be even worse than the real thing?

  • Madalyn

    Madalyn

    February 13th, 2017 at 7:50 AM

    aaahh the teen years
    really do make you wistful
    for the terrible 2s again lol

  • doris

    doris

    February 13th, 2017 at 12:10 PM

    Do we ever give much thought to how caring for a loved one who is depressed can also impact our own feelings? You wrap up so much of yourself in their care and then it becomes possible that their moods can start to bring you down too.

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