Social isolation: The COVID-19 pandemic's hidden health risk for older adults, and how to manage it

Social distancing is leaving older Americans more isolated and opening them up to serious health risks.

Matthew Lee Smith, Co-Director of Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging, Texas A&M University • conversation
July 6, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health mental-health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic aging elderly social-distancing isolation seniors social-isolation living-longer-2020 living-longer

Developing resilience is an important tool to help you deal with coronavirus and the surge in cases

In the time of the coronavirus, learning how to adapt to adversity belongs in your toolkit.

Keith M. Bellizzi, Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Connecticut • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  mental-health  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  resilience  mental-illness  coronavirus-2020  psychotherapy  managing-emotions  resiliency

The psychological trauma of nurses started long before coronavirus

COVID-19 is traumatizing nurses. Yet nurses have suffered trauma for decades, often due to insufficient resources, and changes within the field have been slow.

Karen J. Foli, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Purdue University • conversation
June 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  mental-health  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  health-care  trauma  nurses

Quarantine bubbles – when done right – limit coronavirus risk and help fight loneliness

People are turning to quarantine bubbles as a way to see friends and family while limiting the risk from the coronavirus. Research shows that this can work, but it's not easy to be in a quaranteam.

Melissa Hawkins, Professor of Public Health, Director of Public Health Scholars Program, American University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: health public-health mental-health anxiety pandemic transmission isolation friendship risk-management harm-reduction lonliness

People in England’s poorest towns ‘lose over a decade of good health’, research finds

Cambridge researchers find major health inequalities – as well as a geographic divide – between the most and least deprived English towns. They say that life

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: spotlight-on-public-health mental-health public-policy inequality england

Want to stop the COVID-19 stress meltdown? Train your brain

With the county facing a crisis in emotional health, we may need two vaccines: one for COVID-19 and another for toxic stress. Here's a technique for dealing with all that stress.

Laurel Mellin, Associate Professor Emeritus of Family & Community Medicine and Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
June 10, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health brain neuroscience mental-health brain-training emotion psychology stress therapy

Flattening the mental health curve is the next big coronavirus challenge

A mental health crisis has begun, as social isolation from the coronavirus and loss of job, income and loved ones have left people reeling. A transformation of care is badly needed.

Jonathan Rottenberg, Professor of Psychology, University of South Florida • conversation
May 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: mental-health covid-19 coronavirus depression exercise anxiety psychotherapy mental-health-crisis

App could let patients self-monitor COVID-19 symptoms

The CovidCare app is headed to clinical trial. If it's successful it could be a simple way for patients to monitor their own symptoms and mental health.

Sam Burt-Melbourne • futurity
May 28, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: mental-health covid-19 apps health-and-medicine

Most young people with increased suicide risk only display ‘mild to moderate’ mental distress – study

Around 70% of young people who report self-harming or suicidal thoughts are within normal or non-clinical range of mental distress.  

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: public-health mental-health suicide

A perfect storm for medical PTSD: Isolation, intensive care and the coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 patients are spending weeks in intensive care units, isolated and alone, knowing they have a disease that doctors don't fully understand. It's a recipe for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Scott E. Hall, Program Coordinator & Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Dayton • conversation
May 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health medicine mental-health covid-19 coronavirus depression anxiety psychology trauma social-distancing ptsd medical-care hospitals social-isolation patients

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