A couple of weeks ago, I reported on the findings of a USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll showing that nearly 9 in 10 of 1,000 registered voters surveyed believe that our nation is in the thick of a mental health crisis. Now, a new poll released by the analytics and advisory company Gallup shows Americans' fears about COVID-19 are mounting once ...Read more
NPR reports that this past year, half of all New Year's resolutions in the U.S. were based on fitness and "nearly half were based on weight loss." We also know that by March, many resolutions traditionally tend to fade away. Maybe it's time we start looking at this annual end-of-year self-improvement ritual in a new, more productive way -- like ...Read more
Last week, I once again echoed concerns about the pandemic's "long-haul" damage to everyone's mental health. It's not the first time I've rung that bell.
As recently as October, I wrote about the nation's leading pediatric groups calling the state of children's mental health a crisis and a "national emergency." In June, I reported on a Centers ...Read more
As we set our sights on the new year ahead, we are all doing so feeling, in varying degrees, the effects of two long years of pandemic life. As one day blurs into the next and one month into another, the consequences of sustained stress can rise to the surface in subtle ways. Prolonged stresses may be negatively affecting your memory and ...Read more
It is a time when we generally take inventory of the year about to pass and maybe even make a resolution or two on how we might enact some self-improvement. As for me, this year feels like it calls for something different. Like a lot of you folks, I expected things to turn out better, especially after coming out of 2020.
As recently reported by...Read more
Like today, the safety of gift shopping, family gatherings and church services was on Americans' minds... back in December of 1918. Since COVID has come on the scene, there have been many comparisons made between the current pandemic and the flu epidemic of 1918, the most severe pandemic in our recent history. So, I thought I'd look at what was ...Read more
As reported in the New York Times, new research shows that as the pandemic has increased, so has the nation's blood pressure readings. For one, Dr. Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, president of the American Heart Association, does not find this at all surprising yet "shocking" nonetheless.
"Even small changes in average blood pressure in the population ...Read more
In a report issued in May 2020, the American Psychological Association speaks of mounting psychological distress caused by the pandemic, affecting the general population and especially certain high-risk groups. Singled out were people with disabilities. The "unique stressors and challenges" of this population "could worsen mental health" for ...Read more
Today in America, the drug epidemic stands as the deadliest it has ever been, nearly doubling in the past five years. The emergence of the synthetic opioid fentanyl is now driving one of America's greatest unfolding tragedies.
We should have seen it coming. As reported by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, in the mid-to-late ...Read more
Announced last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reported by NBC News (among a multitude of other news outlets), America's drug epidemic has taken the deadliest turn in our nation's history. Overdose deaths have nearly doubled over the past five years. In a 12-month period alone that ended in April, the number of ...Read more
In the journal JAMA Network Open, research on the long-term effects of contracting COVID-19 shows that at least 50% of COVID-19 survivors experience numerous physical and psychological health issues lasting six months or more after their initial recovery. According to The Washington Post, while the adverse health effects vary from person to ...Read more
As reported last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics, along with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Children's Hospital Association, have responded to a shocking rise in families seeking urgent mental health help for their children by referring it, not just a crisis, but a national emergency. What this suggests ...Read more
There is no shortage of news, seemingly daily, of new or continuing human problems that have reached the crisis point. Beyond the pandemic, there is the supply-chain crisis, a global energy crisis, the boarder crisis, a hunger crisis. This list goes on. I keep thinking that there has got to be a threshold where our minds just can't take on the ...Read more