Psychology Around the Net: August 22, 2020

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This week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at the mental health care treatment barriers LGBTQ teens and young adults face, what business owners can do to cope with the mental stress brought on by COVID-19, how older adults with pre-existing depression are exhibiting resilience during the pandemic and quarantine, and more.

Entrepreneurship Was Tough Before COVID-19. Now It’s Testing Founders’ Mental Limits: Jocelyn Kung, CEO of The Jung Group, discusses the research her company has been doing regarding how business leaders have been dealing with their own mental stresses brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, and outlines five ways they can stay mentally fit during these unprecedented times.

Virtual Care Startup Raises $20 Million to Transform Behavioral Health for Kids: This week, Brightline Health announced $20 million in Series A funding to provide families throughout all of California with a user-friendly option for behavioral health. With the Brightline platform, children can virtually meet with a healthcare team to work on anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other issues. Brightline also involves parents, and provides a liaison with other programs, such as school-based interventions. Although Brightline Health currently serves only Californians, funding will allow the company to expand its geographic reach as well as patient base.

Inspiration Porn: It’s a Thing: Kristin Noreen discusses her brush with “inspiration porn,” what it means, and why — despite the deceptive name — it’s not a good thing.

Breaking Barriers to Quality Mental Health Care for LGBTQ Youth: Earlier this week, the Trevor Project published research showing that while the bulk of LGBTQ teens and young adults want access to mental health care, most of them don’t get treatment due to barriers like parental permission, healthcare costs, and stigma.

The 3 Tools That Help Me Get Through a Day: Could you spend an entire seven days in your home and not even notice? Shannon Cutts did just that, and while she’s not advocating a hermit lifestyle (she was stuck at home on work-related Zoom calls), she does have a few tools that help her make it through each day, especially during quarantine.

Older Adults With Existing Depression Show Resilience During the Pandemic: Researchers from five institutions analyzed older adults with pre-existing major depressive disorder from Pittsburgh, St. Louis, New York, and Los Angeles and found that not only do the older individuals show no increase in depression and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic and quarantine, but also that they do exhibit resilience to the stresses of isolation and social distancing. Says UCLA’s Dr. Helen Lavretsky: “We thought they would be more vulnerable to the stress of COVID because they are, by CDC definition, the most vulnerable population. But what we learned is that older adults with depression can be resilient. They told use that coping with chronic depression taught them to be resilient”

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