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This week’s Psychology Around the Net shines the spotlight on morning anxiety and how to handle it, an Olympic hopeful who struggles with severe OCD, caring for toxic mothers, how insurance companies are not properly covering mental health and addiction issues, and more.




Anxiety in the Morning? Why It Happens and What to Do About It, According to a Mental Health Pro: Do you ever wake up with anxiety, racing thoughts and a feeling of dread? First, know that you’re not alone. Many people have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) that presents itself only at certain times of the day. This article shares 5 ways to help stop these uncomfortable morning feelings and also explains when it’s time to see a therapist.

Ginny Fuchs Hopes to Emerge From OCD, Tearful Olympic Experience: Virginia “Ginny” Fuchs, an American flyweight boxer and Olympic hopeful, has struggled with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) since 5th grade. She expresses that boxing gives her hope against the disorder. “You’ve got to keep training to keep winning in boxing. So I’ve got to keep training my OCD thoughts and how to handle and manage it,” she says. “…I have this environment in this space in the gym, in the boxing ring, where I can be myself. And not let it attack me in a way where I can still enjoy life and not be trapped.” Fuchs is favored to win the 51kg/112-pound division this Sunday at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

When Your Toxic Mom Needs Help: Dealing With the Crisis: Do you have a toxic mother who now requires care? Many women around the world are faced with the dilemma of caring for an aging or ill mother who didn’t properly care for them. According to author Peg Streep, there is no easy solution. In this piece adapted from her book, The Daughter Detox Question & Answer Book: A GPS for Navigating Your Way Out of a Toxic Childhood, Streep shares the feelings of shame and isolation these unloved daughters often face.

Mental Health and Addiction Are Poorly Covered by Insurance Networks: Health insurance companies are not adhering to the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (Federal Parity Law), according to this article based on a new eye-opening report by Milliman researchers. This act requires insurers to cover treatment for mental health and substance use disorders no more restrictively than treatment for illnesses of the body, such as diabetes and cancer. Unfortunately, many families across the country are left depleting savings and retirement accounts to save their loved ones. “We, as a nation, are not doing enough to hold insurers accountable,” writes the author of this opinion piece.

Charleston Students Bring Violent Neighborhood Trauma Into Class. New Mental Health Support Could Help: Several neighborhoods in Charleston County, South Carolina are afflicted with pervasive community violence, hunger and poverty. It is well-known that young children impacted by trauma have difficulty maintaining and forming relationships, managing emotions, and focusing in school. The good news is that Charleston is one of 15 school districts chosen to receive a $1 million-per year grant for 5 years from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will fund more mental health counselors and school climate coaches. Many are hopeful that the new programs will promote school safety, increase student engagement and ultimately help break the cycle of violence.

Can Yoga in Prisons Help Reduce Recidivism Rates?: Two U.S. Representatives recently held a briefing on Capitol Hill to express support for the nonprofit International Association for Human Values (IAHV) prison program. The program, which teaches breathing, meditation and yoga to inmates, is designed to reduce recidivism rates by giving prisoners the tools to process “past trauma and present stresses.” Since its inception in 1992, more than 700,000 inmates around the world have participated in this program. “I want to support the program because I believe this gets at the root cause of what many people in prison are dealing with,” said Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH).