October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Other News

Woman covering her face with her handsOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and organizations across the country are drawing awareness to the issue and sponsoring events designed to help survivors as well as those trapped in abusive relationships.

Domestic violence is a national epidemic; the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will face some physical violence in a relationship. Severe physical violence affects 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men; 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men are victims of severe stalking by an intimate partner.

In Scottsdale, Arizona, police are commemorating the month by encouraging those with outstanding warrants for domestic violence to turn themselves in. Beginning October 21, the Scottsdale police force will begin actively seeking those with outstanding warrants.

In Orlando, Florida, Harbor House of Central Florida is building a new domestic violence shelter. In Skowhegan, Maine, a candlelight vigil honored the victims of domestic violence. The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence provides an updated list of local events here.

Anorexia May Be Habit, Not Willpower, Study Finds

Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental health issue, killing about 4% of its victims. It is also difficult to treat, and a study published in Nature Neuroscience may help explain why. According to the study, the food deprivation of anorexia may not be due to intense willpower, but is instead the result of a well-developed habit. Brain scans of 21 women with anorexia and 21 women without anorexia revealed more activity in the area of the brain involved with habitual behavior for people with the eating disorder.

Psychologists Push for Smartphone Warning Label

Government regulations require warning labels on a number of potentially addictive substances, including tobacco, alcohol, and some drugs. Now, a group of psychologists at Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom say smartphones should also come with warning labels, highlighting the risks of excessive use. In a study published in March, researchers found 80% of 72 adult technology users supported warning labels.

Many Kids With Mental Health Issues See Only Pediatricians

A nationally representative survey suggests pediatricians may be the first line of defense against childhood mental health issues. Thirty-five percent of children who received mental health care over the past year saw only a pediatrician, with 26% seeing only psychiatrists and 15% seeing only psychologists or social workers.

What Birth Month Reveals About Your Risk of Disease

Being born in the summer may be better for your health, according to a study that looked at 450,000 births in the United Kingdom between 1946 and 1975. Researchers found summer babies had higher birth rates and later puberty—two factors that correlate with better health in adulthood.

Court Tells Psychology Board It Can’t Use Its Power to Regulate Protected Speech

The Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology can’t stop John Rosemond’s column, according to a federal judge. Rosemond, who is the nation’s longest-running newspaper columnist, markets himself as a family psychologist and offers advice on parenting issues and other dilemmas. He is licensed in North Carolina, but not in Kentucky. On those grounds, the Board sought to have his column removed, arguing that it was unprotected “professional speech” subject to regulation.

52 Psychology Professors Sign Petition Against Campus Carry

The University of Texas is debating whether to allow students to carry guns on campus, but a group of psychology professors have spoken out against the idea. Alongside 550 other faculty members, the professors stated they would not allow concealed guns in their classrooms, arguing that guns create safety issues and other problems.

Sports Psychology Advice for Triathletes

Psychological well-being can affect the performance of all athletes, including triathletes. As many triathletes prepare for next year’s events, Triathlete highlights the need for athletes to manage emotions and monitor how they affect performance.

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  • Bridget


    October 16th, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    anorexia a habit and not mental health issue?
    don’t you think that this will make those with anorexia think that you are minimizing the severity of what they suffer from if it is treated like a habit that could be broken?

  • Leigha


    October 17th, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Smartphone warning labels? Now that is ridiculous

  • Nurse shannon

    Nurse shannon

    October 19th, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    While I do believe that a pediatrician should possibly be your first stop if you are concerned with your child’s well being, I am curious why for many they end up being the last stop too. Why aren’t more parents advocating for more care? And even more so why aren’t more pediatricians pointing them in that direction, encouraging the to work with someone better trained in these types of issues?

  • LaceyT


    October 19th, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    If that is true about health and your birth month then my mom, born in April, is the only one of us who will be lucky. The rest of us all have fall and winter birthdays :(

  • terra


    October 20th, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    So I wonder just how many pro athletes and elite athletes use the help of a sports psychologist as a part of their training? I am just someone who likes to run 3 to 4 times a week, and there are times that even I think that I could benefit. I am thinking that that could maybe help me with some of those mental blocks that I know are affecting my time.

  • maurice


    October 21st, 2015 at 3:57 AM

    Who on earth would ever think that the way to end gun violence would be to let even more people carry in public places?


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