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Anxiety & Depression

Colleges Go Virtual to Address Growing Mental Health Needs

The coronavirus is taking a toll on students’ mental health, and colleges are turning to virtual services to help learners cope during the pandemic. Read more ›

Eating Disorders Thrive In Anxious Times, And Pose A Lethal Threat

Eating disorders are thriving during the pandemic. Hotline calls to the National Eating Disorders Association are up 70-80% in recent months. For many, eating is a form of control — a coping mechanism tied to stress. Food scarcity and stockpiling behavior can trigger anxieties about eating, or overeating among some. Read more ›

The Pandemic Has Researchers Worried About Teen Suicide

Teen and youth anxiety and depression are getting worse since COVID lockdowns began in March, early studies suggest, and many experts say they fear a corresponding increase in youth suicide. Read more ›

The Pandemic Is a ‘Mental Health Crisis’ for Parents

As we slouch into Month 7 of the pandemic, the mental health impact on parents remains significant and shows no signs of abating.

“This is a chronic destabilizing force to our lives, and to families and parents and children,” said Pooja Lakshmin, M.D., a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at George Washington University School of Medicine. “We need to be treating this as a mental health crisis, and one that does not have an end we can see.” Read more ›

Depression Increases More Than Three-Fold In Wake Of Pandemic, Study Finds

Medical experts and public health leaders have been expressing concern about the wave of mental health problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Some have even referred to it as a possible second pandemic. Read more ›

Mental health: To Screen or Not to Screen?

Feeling detached from everyone and everything beyond their family because of the pandemic may cause students who have never been on educators’ radar in the past for mental health concerns to start bubbling to the surface as the school year begins—regardless of whether they are continuing to learn remotely or back at school buildings. Read more ›

Why Loneliness May Be a Bigger Problem for the Young Than the Old

During the pandemic there’s been plenty of public service announcements to check in on your elderly neighbors. Especially now, in an era of coronavirus-driven quarantines, they may be feeling isolated and alone.

However, you might want to redirect some empathy to those quiet young adults living in their studio apartments or parents’ basements. It turns out they are more likely than their grandparents to report feeling lonely. Read more ›

COVID-19 Is Causing Young Adults to Feel Anxious and Depressed

How Parents Can Help Shy and Introverted Kids Through a Particularly Tough Back-to-School Season

As school starts up again in whatever form, how can we support kids’ social development — particularly for those who were already struggling? Here are some suggestions from experts. Read more ›

Pandemic Places Alarming Pressure on Transgender Mental Health

Even as the coronavirus has upended lives throughout the country, it has taken a deep toll on the transgender community, a population that has long struggled with higher rates of mental illness and poor medical care because of discrimination and abuse. Read more ›

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