Seeking solace, finding resilience in a pandemic
In times like these, it can feel wrong to feel happy. There is so much suffering in the world that appreciating the goodness that still exists can seem unempathic, if not altogether futile. A landmark study on happiness often mentioned at dinner parties and social gatherings (when we had those things) considered how people react to intense, sudden changes to their circumstances. The researchers found that people who had recently won the lottery were no happier after some time had passed than people who had experienced severe trauma that paralyzed their lower bodies. It’s a testament to stubbornness as our common lot ...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Adam P. Stern, MD Tags: Behavioral Health Coronavirus and COVID-19 Mental Health Source Type: blogs

Annabel Edith Villagra, RIP
Michael F. CannonAnnabel Edith Villagra hasdied.If that name doesn ’t ring a bell, you may have known her as Annabel Battistella. Or Fanne Foxe. Or the “Argentine Firecracker.” Or “the Tidal Basin Bombshell.” Or the 38‐​year‐​old exotic dancer with bruised eyes who jumped out of a car and into Washington, DC’s Tidal Basin after a row with her lover, 65‐​year‐​old House Ways and Means Committee Wilbur D. Mills (D‐​Ark.), in 1974.Mills was the father of Medicare. In his 2006 bookMedicare Meets Mephistopheles, Cato adjunct scholarDavid Hyman writes, &ldquo...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 24, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Michael F. Cannon Source Type: blogs

Confronting Stigma From Opioid Use Disorder in Cancer Care
by Fitzgerald Jones, Ho, Sager, Rosielle and MerlinHave you ever been so distressed by a perspective piece that it kept you up at night? The type of rumination that fills you with so much angst that you have no choice but to act. This is exactly how we felt when we read theAAHPM Quarterly Winter 2020 Let ’s Think About It Again.1 (member paywall)The column, which is structured as a sort of written debate in which two authors argue a clinical question, describes a case of a 45-year-old man with severe substance use disorder (SUD) recently diagnosed with extensive-stage small-cell lung cancer. He was offered ...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - January 30, 2021 Category: Palliative Care Tags: ftigerald jones ho merlin rosielle sager Source Type: blogs

Confronting Stigma From Opioid Use Diorder in Cancer Care
by Fitzgerald Jones, Ho, Sager, Rosielle and MerlinHave you ever been so distressed by a perspective piece that it kept you up at night? The type of rumination that fills you with so much angst that you have no choice but to act. This is exactly how we felt when we read theAAHPM Quarterly Winter 2020 Let ’s Think About It Again.1 (member paywall)The column, which is structured as a sort of written debate in which two authors argue a clinical question, describes a case of a 45-year-old man with severe substance use disorder (SUD) recently diagnosed with extensive-stage small-cell lung cancer. He was offered ...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - January 30, 2021 Category: Palliative Care Tags: ftigerald jones ho merlin rosielle sager Source Type: blogs

A Small But Certain Step Toward Removing the “X” Waiver
Jeffrey A. SingerOn January 14,  the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued new,relaxed guidelines for physicians wishing to prescribe buprenorphine to their patients with opioid use disorder. While the so ‐​called “X” waiver required of prescribers remains, thenew guidelines permit physicians (not nurse practitioners or physician assistants) to prescribe buprenorphine without the waiver. They may only prescribe to patients located within their own state and they may have no more than 30 opioid use disorder patients on buprenorphine at any time.Buprenorphine is a  synthetic ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 16, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Jeffrey A. Singer Source Type: blogs

COVID-related stressors and increasing instances of substance abuse [PODCAST]
“While the rise in substance use disorders during COVID will become more apparent as the pandemic eventually ebbs, the silver lining is that this is not a novel problem. We understand substance use disorders far better than we understand COVID-19, and we also know that one of the largest obstacles to treatment is the shame […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - November 16, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/the-podcast-by-kevinmd" rel="tag" > The Podcast by KevinMD < /a > < /span > Tags: Podcast COVID-19 coronavirus Infectious Disease Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Mind-body medicine in addiction recovery
As someone who struggled with a miserable opiate addiction for 10 years, and who has treated hundreds of people for various addictions, I am increasingly impressed with the ways in which mind-body medicine can be a critical component of recovery from addiction. Mind-body medicine is the use of behavioral and lifestyle interventions, such as meditation, relaxation, yoga, acupuncture, and mindfulness, to holistically address medical problems. Mind-body treatments can be integrated with traditional medical treatments, or used as standalone treatments for certain conditions. Mind-body medicine is now being studied by the Natio...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - October 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Peter Grinspoon, MD Tags: Addiction Alcohol Complementary and alternative medicine Mind body medicine Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Value of Personal Mental Illness Stories
Openly sharing our personal mental health stories can help others know they’re not alone, especially when it’s a rarely-discussed or taboo subject. In today’s Not Crazy podcast, our guest Rachel Steinman, a podcaster, writer and mental health advocate, discusses what it’s like to host a podcast where she shares her family’s mental health secrets. By talking openly about her family’s four suicides, mental illness, substance abuse, family affairs, and more, Rachel is changing the narrative and replacing it with love, compassion, and understanding. (Transcript Available Below) Subscribe ...
Source: World of Psychology - October 27, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Not Crazy Podcast Tags: Family General Interview Mental Health and Wellness Not Crazy Podcast Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 10 October, 2020.
 Here are a few I came across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment. ----- https://mhealthintelligence.com/news/amid-rising-substance-abuse-rates-treatment-centers-turn-to-telehealth Amid Rising Substance Abuse Rates, Treatment Centers Turn to Telehealth Amid a surge in substance abuse issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Desert Hope Treatment Center is using a telehealth platform to screen patients and expand access ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - October 10, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Talking politics in the exam room
I walked into my exam room to see a patient I first met two decades ago. His medical problems included poorly controlled diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and a substance abuse disorder. Over the years, our health care system has served him well as he has remained free of diabetic complications and now leads a productive life. […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - September 30, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/hayward-zwerling" rel="tag" > Hayward Zwerling, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Policy Public Health & Source Type: blogs

Talking Politics in the Exam Room: A Physician ’s Obligation to Discuss the Political Ramifications of Science with Patients
By HAYWARD ZWERLING I walked into my exam room to see a patient I first met two decades ago. On presentation, his co-morbidities included poorly controlled DM-1, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and a substance abuse disorder. Over the years our healthcare system has served him well as he has remained free of diabetic complications and now leads a productive life. Watching this transformation has been both professionally rewarding, personally enjoyable, and I look forward to our periodic interactions. At this visit, he was sporting a MAGA hat. I was confused. How can my patient, who has so clearly benefited from America...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Politics Trump's Health Hayward Zwerling Source Type: blogs

What I Wish I Had Said about Mental Health and Suicide
Thirty years ago, the atmosphere surrounding mental health and suicide was very different than it is today, especially in some areas. Even today, where you live could affect the information, help, and reactions you receive. Since that time, I’ve learned a better way to respond when a loved one struggles. If someone you care about changes in some way, something may be wrong. The difficulties go beyond available support. According to statistics, most people who ultimately end their lives are dealing with a mental illness or behavior disorder — whether they realize it or not — though this is not always true....
Source: World of Psychology - August 25, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jan McDaniel Tags: Depression Personal Suicide Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Is Police (CIT) Crises Training Needed?
A mentally ill man is standing in your yard yelling at the mailbox. What do you do? You call the police, right? Not so fast, according to today’s guest, mental health advocate Gabriel Nathan. There is a better way to do things. Gabriel believes that rather than training police officers to de-escalate people in mental health crises, the police shouldn’t be called at all in these situations. Our host Gabe has a different take on things, as he is an advocate for training police officers in crisis intervention practices. Join us for an enlightening and nuanced conversation regarding the role of the police when it ...
Source: World of Psychology - August 25, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Not Crazy Podcast Tags: General Interview Not Crazy Podcast Policy and Advocacy Source Type: blogs

5 Mindful Recovery Steps for Self-Observation
In early recovery, there is value in filling your space and time with meetings and various distractions to fill in the space that was once consumed with substances and addictive behaviors. There is also value, at some point, to create unfilled space for your presence and attention. Creating space to be present for your presence is a key to sustainable long-term recovery.  Creating Space vs Filling Space The practice of mindfulness; being there, being present, paying attention, and learning to be there for yourself starts with the process of letting go. Letting go of substances and addictive behaviors is a gr...
Source: World of Psychology - August 23, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Laura C Meyer Tags: Addiction Mindfulness Recovery Alcoholism Substance Abuse Source Type: blogs

The community health center crisis
Federally qualified health centers, most of which are in a category called community health centers, are vital health care infrastructure. They are non-profit community based organizations that receive federal support to provide primary care services in medically underserved areas, and to serve the uninsured and underinsured. Most of their income is from Medicaid and Medicare, and they charge on a sliding scale (going to zero) for people who are uninsured. They typically provide pre-natal care, may have dentistry and other specialty care, and substance abuse and mental health treatment. Right now they are in crisis. T...
Source: Stayin' Alive - August 20, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

With COVID-19, a need to deregulate buprenorphine prescriptions [PODCAST]
 “With COVID-19, we have both the unique opportunity and need to deregulate buprenorphine prescriptions. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAHMSA) recently updated guidelines for buprenorphine prescriptions. There are new provisions for telephonic initiation of buprenorphine and scripts up to 28 days for stable patients. Unfortunately, this does not circumvent the major […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - August 15, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/megana-dwarakanath" rel="tag" > Megana Dwarakanath, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Podcast COVID-19 coronavirus Infectious Disease Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Coping with Comorbid Substance Abuse and Mental Illness
Tips that work. A plan. These are what help in the battle with mental illness and substance abuse. The material here is from individuals dealing with both diagnoses and for their family members. Tips are shared anonymously for privacy reasons. If you suspect alcohol or drugs are interfering with your life and your ability to handle your mental health issues, you may be facing a dual diagnosis situation. Talk to your doctor or mental health professional without delay to begin the process of understanding and trying treatment options. I have learned that willingness is the key to successful recovery work. The willingness t...
Source: World of Psychology - August 2, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jan McDaniel Tags: Addiction Alcoholism Recovery Substance Abuse 12 Steps Addiction Recovery Alcoholics Anonymous Comorbidity Mental Illness Source Type: blogs

Got Bored? A Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention Plan
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.  – J.R.R. Tolkien I question. I question my clients. “What’s been coming up for you?” or “How are you experiencing life these days?”  For many clients in addiction recovery, the experience of boredom will surface. Boredom, if not taken seriously, is a fast track to relapse.  When we remove elements of our life that we no longer have interest in (i.e. drugs, alcohol, people, places, and things) we are left with “empty space” — and many of us, not skillful with the use of our time, will cal...
Source: World of Psychology - July 24, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Laura C Meyer Tags: Addiction Habits Mindfulness Recovery Substance Abuse Boredom Habit Change Relapse relapse prevention Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Life with Binge Eating Disorder
  At one point, Gabe weighed more than 550 pounds. Today, he and Lisa remember and discuss the extreme pain and slow healing process of living with binge-eating disorder. Gabe shares his shame in being so overweight, his intense relationship with food, the story of his gastric bypass and the difficult process of learning new coping mechanisms. How did Gabe’s bipolar and panic attacks tie in with his binge eating? And, importantly, how is he managing the illness today? Join us for an open and honest discussion on living with an eating disorder. (Transcript Available Below) Please Subscribe to Our Show: And We...
Source: World of Psychology - July 21, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Not Crazy Podcast Tags: Binge Eating Disorders Eating Disorders General Not Crazy Podcast Source Type: blogs

How to Help a Family Member with an Addiction
It is difficult dealing with a family member who is struggling with an addiction. It takes intentional listening, meaningful communication, avenues for change, and self-care to persevere. Here are a few helpful suggestions: Listen  Pay attention to what your loved one is saying and doing. Listen to both verbal and nonverbal cues. What are the warning signs? Those struggling with addiction will usually voice warning signs, or these can be found in their body language.  One parent I worked with said she could tell her teenage son was struggling because he was no longer himself. Signs he showed were constant restles...
Source: World of Psychology - July 2, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: James E. Phelan, LCSW, BCD, Psy.D Tags: Addiction Children and Teens Communication Family Recovery Substance Abuse Alcoholism Source Type: blogs

The “Drug Czar” Says Overdose Deaths Were Already Rising Before Pandemic and Now Are Spiking—The Ultimate Blame Belongs to Prohibition
Jeffrey A. SingerWhite House “drug czar” Jim Carroll toldPolitico earlier this week that an Office of National Drug Control Policy analysis finds an 11.4 percent year ‐​over‐​year increase in opioid‐​related overdose deaths during the first four months of 2020. Kentucky has seen a 25 percent increase in overdose deaths during the first four months of this year, and West Virginia saw a 50 percent increase in deaths since the beginning of the year. The data are incomplete at this point, and not all states have reported in.Mr. Carroll attributed much of the increase in the overdose rate ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 1, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Jeffrey A. Singer Source Type: blogs

Startup Big Health raises $39M to universalize access to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety and poor sleep
Big Health Hones Digital Mental Health Therapy With $39M Series B (Crunchbase): “Startup Big Health believes individuals can improve their mental health through its technology that focuses on cognitive behavioral therapy versus medication or the help of human therapists. On Thursday it raised $39 million in a Series B financing to advance that objective. Its two digital offerings, Daylight, for worry and anxiety, and Sleepio, for poor sleep, are fully automated cognitive and behavioral programs. “We are taking proven cognitive behavioral therapies and fully automating them to deliver the care scalably and...
Source: SharpBrains - June 29, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Peak Performance Professional Development Technology Big Health cognitive-behavioral-therapy Daylight digital health digital mental health medication Sleepio Source Type: blogs

Psychology Around the Net: June 27, 2020
This week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at new research on “mommy brain,” how ultrasounds might be the next big non-invasive research tool and treatment option for brain disorders, the latest state to remove mental health questions from the state bar application, and more. Stay well, friends! Does ‘Mommy Brain’ Last? Study Shows Motherhood Does Not Diminish Attention: Well, not sure I’m buying this just yet (ha!), but new research out of Purdue University might have debunked the “mommy brain” theory. By studying mothers who were at least one year postpartum &mdash...
Source: World of Psychology - June 27, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Alicia Sparks Tags: Psychology Around the Net Brain Activity Emotional Baggage mommy brain New Hampshire bar Postpartum Self-Esteem Ultrasound Source Type: blogs

Sexual Abuse and Eating Disorders: What ’s the Connection?
What is the connection between sexual abuse and developing an eating disorder? Why does bingeing, purging, starving and chronic dieting become a “solution” for the abuse? Abuse shatters the sacred innocence of a child and often becomes a primary trigger for an eating disorder. The survivor of sexual abuse becomes plagued with confusion, guilt, shame, fear, anxiety, self-punishment, and rage. She (or he) seeks the soothing comfort, protection, and anesthesia that food offers. Food, after all, is the most available, legal, socially sanctioned, cheapest mood altering drug on the market! And emotional eating is a m...
Source: World of Psychology - June 25, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Mary Anne Cohen, LCSW Tags: Abuse Eating Disorders Trauma Anorexia Binge Eating Bulimia Sexual Abuse Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Is Addiction a Disease?
  What is the link between addiction and mental illness? Is addiction a choice? In today’s Not Crazy podcast, Gabe and Lisa discuss whether addiction should be classified as a disease and whether or not it should require medical treatment. Gabe also shares his personal story of addiction and how it tied in with his bipolar disorder. What’s your take? Tune in for an in-depth discussion which covers every angle of this often controversial topic. (Transcript Available Below) Please Subscribe to Our Show: And We Love Written Reviews!  About The Not Crazy podcast Hosts Gabe Howard is an award-winning...
Source: World of Psychology - June 23, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Not Crazy Podcast Tags: Addiction General Mental Health and Wellness Not Crazy Podcast Recovery Source Type: blogs

How Could I Have Done What I Did? (And How to Get Out of This Mess)
Suspended? Arrested? Caught cheating? Woke up in the Emergency Room after a super-binge? “How did I get here?” you ask. Not just, “How did I end up in the Emergency Room?” You know that. But, “What cycle led me here?” I definitely do not speak to you in judgment, but in compassion. We’ve all done things that we later regretted, to a greater or lesser degree. Many people have walked the path of despair, the path of embarrassment, shame, or disgrace. And, if you’re like me, you don’t want to feel so out of control. You don’t want to let down those you love. The one ...
Source: World of Psychology - June 16, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tim Martin, MSW, LCSWA Tags: Addiction Alcoholism Relationships Self-Help Substance Abuse Infidelity Recovery regret Source Type: blogs

Boredom in the Year of Quarantine
Many parents have heard plenty of boredom-based lamentations from their kids, even before the age of coronavirus. But COVID-19 and the resulting quarantines have brought boredom into our lives on a whole new level. It doesn’t seem to matter whether the child is four or fourteen, being trapped at home and without regular interaction with peers leads to fairly dramatic childhood ennui. In comparison to the devastating losses we are experiencing in the world right now, boredom is not a terribly urgent issue. But it can bring distress to children and their families. Understanding the roots of boredom can offer parents s...
Source: World of Psychology - June 15, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jason Kahn, PhD Tags: Children and Teens Parenting Boredom coronavirus COVID-19 home school pandemic school age children social distancing Source Type: blogs

Anxiety, Despair, and the Coronavirus Pandemic
Jeffrey A. SingerPublic health interventions entail non ‐​economic as well as economic trade‐​offs. Some trade ‐​offs can involve other aspects of public health.I havewrittenabout how blanket bans on elective medical procedures combine with the fear already infused in the public to cause crucial delays in necessary health care. This adds to human suffering from causes other than the COVID-19 virus. Many people with chronic conditions, particularlychronic pain patients, are disproportionately affected by reduced access to routine care. Then there ’s the dramatic drop ‐...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - May 30, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Jeffrey A. Singer Source Type: blogs

Podcast: A National Non-Profit is Born From a Random Encounter
In today’s Psych Central Podcast, Gabe talks with Jamie Tworkowski, the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms, a non-profit movement dedicated to helping people who are struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury and suicide. Jamie shares how the idea for the non-profit was born in 2006 after he spent 5 days with his new friend Renee who’d recently been turned down for rehab. After writing about the experience and posting it on Myspace, people began to respond with their own stories, and the seeds for the non-profit were planted. Tune in to find out how To Write Love on Her Arms helps people struggling w...
Source: World of Psychology - May 28, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Psych Central Podcast Tags: Addiction Depression General Interview Podcast Policy and Advocacy Recovery Substance Abuse The Psych Central Show Source Type: blogs

The Second Wave: Coronavirus & Mental Health
The global novel coronavirus pandemic afflicting everyone is showing mixed signs of activity. In some countries it appears to be easing, while in others it appears to be experiencing a resurgence. It’s not at all clear when the pandemic will end, but it’s unlikely to do so before 2021. What has become increasingly clear is that the toll of the pandemic will impact more than the people who come down with COVID-19. The mental health impact of living with a pandemic is being mostly ignored — for now. But as the deaths continue to rise, we need to pay close attention to the cost of the pandemic’s reperc...
Source: World of Psychology - May 25, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Grief and Loss Health-related Mental Health and Wellness Policy and Advocacy coronavirus COVID-19 Source Type: blogs

Inside Schizophrenia: The Role Nurses Play in Schizophrenia Treatment
Some of the professionals that work most with helping people with schizophrenia are nurses. There are so many types with different skill sets. Host Rachel Star Withers and Co-host Gabe Howards learn who these often overlooked healthcare workers are. Dr. Tari Dilks, Professor and President of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, joins with insight on what goes into being a psychiatric nurse.  Highlights in “The Role Nurses Play in Schizophrenia Treatment” Episode [01:14] Doctor sidekicks? [04:00] The types of nurses [06:40] Nurse Practitioners [11:00] Nurses specialties [13:00] Psychiatric Nursin...
Source: World of Psychology - May 20, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Rachel Star Withers Tags: Inside Schizophrenia Mental Health and Wellness Psychiatry Psychology Mental Disorder Mental Illness Nurses Nursing Psychiatric Nurse Psychotherapy Treatment For Schizophrenia Source Type: blogs

Quarantine as an Opportunity: Embracing the ‘ Pause ’ and Coming Back to Yourself
For some of us, the heavy “pause” mandated by quarantine is the first time we’ve had down time in ages. What if this forced down time is a gift? What if it’s an opportunity to get the rest and clarity we so desperately long for and need? What can we learn from disruptions like this? How can we transform a shocking event into an opportunity for self examination and care?   It’s an odd time, to be sure. We find ourselves forced into unexpected isolation. But there is a difference between being lonely and being alone. I wonder what healing we would find if we shifted our perspective and...
Source: World of Psychology - May 17, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Hilary Porta Tags: Inspiration & Hope Mindfulness Self-Help Spirituality coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic social distancing Source Type: blogs

Here ’s What Loneliness Can Do to You During COVID-19
“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald Loneliness is never easy to endure, yet during times of mandatory social isolation and distancing, such as millions of Americans are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be particularly damaging. Among its many effects, loneliness can exacerbate and bring upon a host of mental and physical conditions. Social Isolation and Loneliness May Increase Inflammation A study by researchers at the University of Surrey and Brunel University Lo...
Source: World of Psychology - May 14, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Self-Help coronavirus COVID-19 Loneliness social distancing Source Type: blogs

The Coronavirus Outbreak is Overwhelming to People ’ s Mental Health
With the novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020 raging across the world with little end in sight, people’s mental health is starting to become seriously impacted. There’s no easy way to say this — people are struggling right now. Stay-at-home orders, while invaluable and helping from a public health perspective, are taking their toll on people’s emotional state. And if you were already vulnerable due to a mental illness diagnosis or concern you were grappling with, the outbreak of COVID-19 has only made things worse. The problem is that most public health experts are spending time talking about the phy...
Source: World of Psychology - May 13, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: Anxiety and Panic General Health-related Mental Health and Wellness Policy and Advocacy Coping Skills coronavirus COVID-19 Depression Source Type: blogs

Keep Petri Dishes in the Lab
By KIM BELLARD COVID-19 is changing the landscape of our healthcare system, and, indeed, of our entire society, in ways that we hadn’t been prepared for and with implications that we won’t fully grasp for some time.  As we grapple with how to reshape our healthcare system and our society in the wake of the pandemic, though, I worry we’re going to focus on the wrong problems.   Take, for example, nursing homes, prisons, and the meatpacking industry.   Anyone who has been paying attention to the pandemic will recognize that each of these have been “hot spots,&rdq...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

Want to Stem the Rising Mental Health Crisis? Look Beyond the Usual Suspects for Help
As the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic effects spread, concerns about mental health impacts continue to grow. For example, we worry for health and human services professionals whose duties involve higher risk for trauma exposure and post-traumatic stress. Reports of global increases in family violence also suggest that there will be many violence victims and witnesses in need of mental health support. Add to this the potential effects of social isolation, health-related anxiety, and that these mental health problems may persist and worsen long after society goes back to “normal.” And this is all happening as...
Source: World of Psychology - May 11, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Lynsay Ayer, Ph.D. & Clare Stevens, M.P.H. Tags: Mental Health and Wellness Psychology Stress Suicide coronavirus COVID-19 Depression pandemic Task sharing Source Type: blogs

A Tribute to My Colleagues and All Those Working in Mental Health
During a time when the world is focused on the current COVID-19 pandemic, a physical health crisis, and all those treating the physical symptoms of this pandemic, we must not forget those who are working to treat the mental health of our nation: the mental health workers. The force of mental health workers includes nurses, counselors, social workers, physicians, and others. These individuals may not be intubating, but ask if they are implementing life-saving tactics and administering life-saving medication and the answer will be a resounding yes.  You may ask yourself what are these life-saving tactics and medications...
Source: World of Psychology - May 9, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Kristin Pitman, Psy.D., LPC Tags: General Psychotherapy Suicide Treatment coronavirus COVID-19 Mental Health Care Providers Source Type: blogs

A Stay-at-Home Self-Analysis
I woke up a few days ago and forgave myself. For everything. It was ok to be me and every decision I had made, good or bad, was part of my upbringing, environment and genetic make-up. It’s ok that I am anxious and battle addictions. The stay at home order has enabled me to think, to analyze and to let go. I loved my parents, but boy, were they characters. My handsome Italian father, was obsessed with his weight and being a golf pro at a club on the south side of Chicago. That was his persona, his life, his true love. Playing golf, schmoozing and interacting with people who had a lot more money than he ever would have...
Source: World of Psychology - May 8, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Felicia Carparelli Tags: Abuse Addiction Anger Inspiration & Hope Personal Recovery Addiction Recovery Anger Management coronavirus COVID-19 Divorce Forgiveness pandemic Personal Growth Self-reflection Substance Abuse Source Type: blogs

Minimizing your Risk of PTSD from COVID-19
I was recently asked if I thought the pandemic is a national trauma. The answer is a simple “Yes.” By the standards of the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual), the volume used by mental health professionals to guide diagnosis and treatment, the COVID-19 pandemic meets the criteria for trauma. Not all stressful events meet those criteria. The DSM-5 definition of trauma requires “actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence” (italics mine). Stressful events not involving an immediate threat to life or physical injury (such as a divorce or job loss) are not considered ...
Source: World of Psychology - May 4, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. Tags: Psychology PTSD Self-Help coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic social distancing Trauma Source Type: blogs

Substance Use Disorder in the United States
About 23 million people living in the United States have an addiction of some...The postSubstance Use Disorder in the United States appeared first onCliffside Malibu. (Source: Cliffside Malibu)
Source: Cliffside Malibu - May 1, 2020 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Substance Abuse substance abuse care substance abuse problems substance abuse treatment substance abuse treatment facility Source Type: blogs

Why People Aren ’t Talking About Substance Use Disorder
Why People Don’t Talk about Substance Use Disorder Substance use disorder can be a difficult topic for many individuals. Depending on...The postWhy People Aren’t Talking About Substance Use Disorder appeared first onCliffside Malibu. (Source: Cliffside Malibu)
Source: Cliffside Malibu - May 1, 2020 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Substance Abuse substance absuse substance abuse care substance abuse treatment substance abuse treatment facility Source Type: blogs

Wait, Other People Don ’ t Think about Suicide?
The most startling thing I’ve heard in my life is that not everyone thinks about suicide every day. Or now and then. Or even once in a long while. Can that be? I heard this from a co-worker a while ago. We were collaborating on a dreary project, and I joked about it being the kind of work that makes you want to kill yourself and what a relief that would be. “I know, right?” I expected her to say. Instead, she chuckled uncomfortably, then asked if I really thought that way. When I said yes, she was taken aback and a little disbelieving. “You never have?” I asked. “Of course not!” I ...
Source: World of Psychology - April 28, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Rich Pliskin Tags: Personal Suicide Depression Suicidal Thoughts Source Type: blogs

Substance Use Disorder in Adolescence
The teenage years of life tend to be some of the most stressful years. Between lowered...The postSubstance Use Disorder in Adolescence appeared first onCliffside Malibu. (Source: Cliffside Malibu)
Source: Cliffside Malibu - April 24, 2020 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Recovery Addiction Stories Children Teenagers adolescence adolescent health substance abuse teens Source Type: blogs

Substance Use Disorder with a Disability
Substance use disorder knows no bounds and that includes individuals who have a disability. Having...The postSubstance Use Disorder with a Disability appeared first onCliffside Malibu. (Source: Cliffside Malibu)
Source: Cliffside Malibu - April 24, 2020 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals disability disabled substance abuse substance abuse treatment Source Type: blogs

COVID-19: Keys to Long-term Recovery
The COVID-19 virus has impacted and will continue to impact every aspect of our lives. Fortunately, we can get a head start on successful recovery from these effects by taking lessons from people who are grieving and those who are battling substance abuse. At first glance, this may seem an unusual comparison. Maybe losing loved ones to the pandemic ties into grief support, but how can economic and social turmoil be calmed by that? How can sobriety, long-term or not, be remotely related to any of these subjects? It turns out the three are closely related in coping strategies and systematic approaches required for our world...
Source: World of Psychology - April 23, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jan McDaniel Tags: Anxiety and Panic General Substance Abuse coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic Source Type: blogs

Provide Emotional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Physicians Facing Psychological Trauma From the COVID-19 Crisis
By SUZAN SONG MD, MPH, PhD The U.S. now has the highest number of COVID-related deaths in the world, with exhausted, frightened physicians managing the front lines. We need not only medical supplies but also emotional personal protective equipment (PPE) against the psychological burden of the pandemic. As a psychiatrist, my role in COVID-19 has included that of a therapist for my colleagues. I helped start Physician Support Line, a peer-to-peer hotline for physicians staffed by more than 500 volunteer psychiatrists. Through the hotline and social media, physicians are revealing their emotional fatigue. One doctor sh...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy coronavirus Mental Health Pandemic Psychology Source Type: blogs

The Life-Saving Connections of Alcoholics Anonymous During COVID-19
I was 20 years old when I got sober. The powerlessness over my alcoholism and the journey over the last 26 years has been ever-changing. Life continues to happen when you get sober. I’ve been through tough times and amazing experiences; sometimes at the same time. Getting sober can change you. It’s supposed to. A new design for living that recovery can offer you is an opportunity to create a life that brings you deep heart-centered connections that just don’t happen outside of recovery. Within the rooms of my 12-step program, I have developed relationships with people who understand how my alcoholic mind...
Source: World of Psychology - April 10, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sue Morton Tags: Addiction Alcoholism Peer Support Recovery Substance Abuse addiction support Alcoholics Anonymous Relapse Source Type: blogs

Bipolar & Substance Abuse Disorders: A Complex Diagnosis that Demands Integrated Medical & Psychological Care
The word “bipolar” has become colloquially associated with anything that changes rapidly or is unpredictable: the weather, technology, sports teams, politics, or even a teenager’s attitude. But for roughly 46 million people worldwide, being “bipolar” is far more serious than typical unpredictability, mood swings, or temperamental behavior. And, when bipolar disorder is complicated by substance use disorder (SUD), the situation can become incredibly dangerous for the individual and those around them. Recognizing the symptoms of bipolar and the complicating factors of substance use disorder is c...
Source: World of Psychology - March 30, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Marlon Rollins Tags: Addiction Alcoholism Bipolar Recovery Substance Abuse Addiction Recovery Bipolar Disorder Detox Dual Diagnosis World Bipolar Day Source Type: blogs

The FDA clears Somryst, Pear ’s digital therapeutic to treat chronic insomnia
__ Pear gets FDA clearance for insomnia therapeutic (MedCity News): “Pear Therapeutics received marketing authorization for its third product — a digital therapeutic intended to treat chronic insomnia. Called Somryst, the app is available by prescription only. It consists of a nine-week program that includes cognitive behavioral therapy and restricting sleep to a limited window of time … The company’s submission included data from two randomized controlled trials, including a study of 1,100 adults reporting chronic insomnia that used Somryst for nine weeks. They saw a significant reduction in insom...
Source: SharpBrains - March 30, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology chronic insomnia cognitive-behavioral-therapy depression digital therapeutic FDA Pear Therapeutics precertification Somryst Source Type: blogs

How to Recognize and Change Toxic Behavioral Patterns
Patterns generally involve repetitive action, a task or behavior engaged in frequently, often without giving it much thought. Much daily behavior is fairly automatic, an activity done so many times that it feels comfortable and there’s no inherent harm in it. Or, it’s a behavior that we’re reluctant to change because of a reward associated with it. Toxic behavioral patterns are also often automatic, don’t necessarily present themselves as inherently harmful, and they’re more likely to continue due to the associated reward.  Some patterns have caused trouble in the past, are currently cont...
Source: World of Psychology - March 25, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Alcoholism Habits Self-Help Substance Abuse alcholism Habit Change Personal Growth Source Type: blogs