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Coronavirus: Child psychologists highlight mental health risks of lockdown

Coronavirus: Child psychologists highlight mental health risks of lockdown

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The delay in getting children and adolescents back to schools is a "national disaster" that is putting their mental health at risk, say leading psychologists.In an open letter to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, they say the isolation of lockdown is harming already vulnerable young people.Highlighting the low risk to children of Covid-19, they call for social distancing measures to be minimised.And for a return to normal life.In the letter, signed by more than 100 specialists in psychology, mental health and neuroscience, and published in The Sunday Times, they write: "As experts working across disciplines, we are united as we urge you to reconsider your decision and to release children and young people from lockdown. "Allow...
Obesity not caused by lack of willpower – psychologists

Obesity not caused by lack of willpower – psychologists

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Obesity is not a choice and making people feel ashamed results only in them feeling worse about themselves, a report by top psychologists says.It calls for changes in language to reduce stigma, such as saying "a person with obesity" rather than an "obese person".And it says health professionals should be trained to talk about weight loss in a more supportive way.A cancer charity's recent ad campaign was criticised for "fat shaming".Obesity levels rose by 18% in England between 2005 and 2017 and by similar amounts in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.This means just over one in four UK adults is obese while nearly two-thirds are overweight or obese.But these increases cannot be explained by a sudden loss of motivation across the UK - it is a lot more co...
In #MeToo age, APA has new guidelines for psychologists talking about masculinity

In #MeToo age, APA has new guidelines for psychologists talking about masculinity

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How is a man supposed to act? What is masculinity and when does it become toxic? And how should psychologists approach the concept of masculinity when seeing patients? These are questions an increasing number of psychologists must consider as dialogue around toxic masculinity, sexual abuse and harassment and the #MeToo movement continues across the country. Most recently, an ad for the razor company Gillette prompted many men to throw away their Gillette products in a defensive protest. The ad asked men to be better, to stand against toxic masculinity and stop excusing sexual harassment, bullying, and fighting as “boys will be boys.” The ad was released just days after the American Psychological Association (APA) published new guidelines that are meant to help mental healt...