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

Delirium, depression, anxiety, PTSD – the less discussed effects of COVID-19

A new review assesses the potential long-term psychological impact of COVID-19.

Edward Chesney, Clinical Research Fellow, King's College London • conversation
May 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: mental-health coronavirus hallucinations delirium fatigue ptsd covid-19

Mothers behind bars nurture relationships with visitors in this unusual prison garden

About half of incarcerated women in the United States are mothers to children under age 18. Natural spaces within a prison can help maintain their mother-child bonds.

Julie Stevens, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University • conversation
May 8, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: children mental-health prisons nature plants green-space jails parents landscape-architecture female-prisoners prisoners mothers prison-design jail green-spaces moms

New study shows staggering effect of coronavirus pandemic on America's mental health

While there have been spikes across the board, some groups are suffering more than others.

Jean Twenge, Professor of Psychology, San Diego State University • conversation
May 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: mental-health depression anxiety surveys coronavirus millennials young-adults gen-z covid-19

Working from home? Why detachment is crucial for mental health

Ten tips for lockdown from a specialist psychologist.

Wladislaw Rivkin, Lecturer in Work and Organisational Psychology, Aston University • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: mental-health coronavirus self-control covid-19 working-from-home lockdown

Universal basic income could improve the nation's mental health

Mental health experts have called for universal basic income as far back as 1969.

Matthew Smith, Professor in Health History, University of Strathclyde • conversation
April 27, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: mental-health universal-basic-income ubi

We're measuring online conversation to track the social and mental health issues surfacing during the coronavirus pandemic

America's news reports and social media chatter open a window into the nation's psyche. An AI-based text analysis of these words shows that the coronavirus is driving up familiar social ills.

Amit Sheth, Founding Director, Artificial Intelligence Institute, University of South Carolina • conversation
April 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence social-media mental-health depression domestic-violence pandemic big-data coronavirus alcoholism drug-addiction new-coronavirus covid-19 research-brief social-distancing

Buildings have their own microbiomes – we're striving to make them healthy places

We spend 90% of our lives indoors, and every building has its own indoor microbiome. Can we learn to manage them in ways that support helpful microbes and suppress harmful ones?

Mark Fretz, Research Assistant Professor of Architecture, University of Oregon • conversation
April 17, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: environmental-health architecture microbiome microbes buildings cleaning coronavirus-2020 covid-19

Coronavirus: why self-isolation brings mental health strain for elite athletes

Why elite athletes may struggle more during self-isolation.

Keith Parry, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sport, Exercise & Health, University of Winchester • conversation
April 14, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: mental-health sport depression athletics sports-psychology athletes footballers covid-19

Here is why you might be feeling tired while on lockdown

It takes a period of mental adjustment to get over such big changes but optimism and structure could help.

John Leach, Visiting Senior Research Fellow in Survival Psychology, University of Portsmouth • conversation
April 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  sleep  mental-health  coronavirus  fatigue  covid-19

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