–Watching holiday movies on Hallmark just might be good for your mental health. Pamela Rutledge is the Director of the Media Psychology Research Center and Media Psychology faculty at Fielding Graduate University. Rutledge says that Hallmark movies take you on an emotional journey that can be beneficial during the stress of the season which keeps us coming back for more. Hallmark is producing 24 new holiday movies this year. A contributing factor to the “feel good” benefit of watching the movies is the fact (spoiler alert here) that they all end on an optimistic note. Rutledge says, “The lack of reality at all levels, from plot to production, signals that the movies are meant to be escapism entertainment”. The movies supply simplistic solutions to all those stressors that holidays can bring: family conflict, isolation or financial pressures.”
–Your significant other loves to shop to the point where you view it as excessive. A sampling of psychiatrists claims that addiction to shopping fueled by online purchasing should be defined as a mental health condition. Researches say that about 5 percent of adults have some form of Buying Shopping Disorder (BSD). Researchers analyzed 122 patients who had sought treatment for compulsive shopping for a study reported in Comprehensive Psychiatry. Experts say compulsive shopping is an attempt to fill an emotional void, like loneliness, lack of control or lack of self-esteem. Compulsive Buying Disorder (CBD) is characterized by excessive shopping cognitions and buying behavior that could lead to distress or impairment.
–Washington State is one of many states that have carved out exceptions to the rights of parents to know about or consent to certain types of care their minor children receive including mental health, drug and alcohol treatment, and reproductive health services. Under the new law, teenagers can still decide on their own when seeking inpatient or outpatient counseling. Another change: Parents can learn details about their adolescent’s diagnosis and treatment for mental health problems without the teenager’s consent if a therapist believes that sharing information will benefit treatment and not be detrimental to the teen. Each state has its own regulations. Some differentiate between inpatient and outpatient therapy. More information at: khn.org
Source: Gary R’nel
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