Children Readjusting After Lockdown: The Mental Health Implications May Not Be Understood for Years

There has been a lot of talk surrounding the social and economic concerns surrounding mental health lately, which is often directed at young adults, adults, and the elderly. However, children have also been significantly impacted by the recent pandemic, and researchers are worried that the mental health implications of lockdown may be long-lasting. Study Finds… Continue reading Children Readjusting After Lockdown: The Mental Health Implications May Not Be Understood for Years

How the Recent Pandemic Worsened the Opioid Epidemic

Long before “COVID” was a term known by millions around the globe, an opioid crisis was sweeping the nation. In 2018, the number of drug overdose deaths across the U.S. was four times higher than in 1999. Nearly 70 percent of those deaths involved opioids. Following the recent pandemic, the research now shows that there was an… Continue reading How the Recent Pandemic Worsened the Opioid Epidemic

COVID-19 May Support the Destigmatization of Mental Illness

“The problem with the stigma around mental health is really about the stories we tell ourselves as a society.” — Matthew Quick The stigma surrounding mental health can have detrimental effects on those in need of treatment. As stated in World Psychiatry, people living with a serious mental illness are challenged doubly. On one hand, they struggle… Continue reading COVID-19 May Support the Destigmatization of Mental Illness

The Rise of Virtual Therapy Apps and How They May Backfire

In January 2020, the first case of COVID-19 was reported in North America. Since then, cases spread and the continent began to rollout lockdown measures. As cases of anxiety and depression spiked, in response, companies around the globe began to release virtual therapy apps. However, not all of these apps and resources are being created equally.… Continue reading The Rise of Virtual Therapy Apps and How They May Backfire

COVID Has Altered Sleep Across America

Healthy sleep is critical to repair and rejuvenate your body and mind, yet 50 to 70 million American adults live with a sleep disorder. Emotional and psychological variables play a major role in chronic insomnia, particularly symptoms of anxiety and depression. While sleep issues were a significant concern prior to the 2020 pandemic, research shows that COVID-19… Continue reading COVID Has Altered Sleep Across America

New Research Trickles in as We Monitor the Mental Health Implications of the Pandemic

It may be years until researchers fully understand the true mental health implications of the 2020 pandemic. There is no shortage of studies being published, and while each is unique, the vast majority share the same message. COVID has significantly worsened mental health. This is why the United Nations released a policy brief stating that although COVID is,… Continue reading New Research Trickles in as We Monitor the Mental Health Implications of the Pandemic

The Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 May Linger

There’s no shortage of studies and surveys showcasing the mental health implications of COVID-19. For example, a recent poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) found that the recent pandemic has negatively impacted the mental health of 56 percent of adults. While those who’ve contracted the virus face an increased risk of long-term mental health consequences,… Continue reading The Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 May Linger

E-Mental Health Continues to be a Promising New Field

While “e-mental health” is a relatively new field, it shows great promise. Fuelled by the recent pandemic, more and more digital tools and resources are becoming available. As reported in a recent AMA survey of 1,300 physicians, physician use of technology has doubled since 2016. Nearly 90 percent of doctors see at least some advantage in digital… Continue reading E-Mental Health Continues to be a Promising New Field

The Mental Health Consequences of Physical Distancing

COVID-19 has led to unprecedented times, which is why researchers continue to collect data in order to understand the true consequences. Social distancing is of particular interest in regard to mental well-being, as quarantine and isolation measures have had a significant social and economic impact.   While physical distancing has been an effective strategy to reduce… Continue reading The Mental Health Consequences of Physical Distancing

Could COVID-19 Cause Long-Term Mental Health Effects?

COVID-19 has created a wave of psychosocial considerations, leaving mental health experts concerned about the future — especially among those who are most vulnerable. Researchers believe that the impact of lockdown measures and COVID-19 itself may cause long-term mental health effects. Based on the research from previous outbreaks, as well as data from recent polls… Continue reading Could COVID-19 Cause Long-Term Mental Health Effects?