Parents with children forced to do school at home are drinking more

The stress of having children do distance learning at home during the pandemic is linked to an increase in alcohol consumption among parents, a new survey finds.

Elyse R. Grossman, Policy Fellow, Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health • conversation
July 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 stress quick-reads research-brief k-12-education distance-learning k-12-online-learning pandemic-school-closures

African American teens face mental health crisis but are less likely than whites to get treatment

For Black youth, death by suicide has become a leading cause of death. And they face social problems that give rise to depression and isolation that their white counterparts do not.

Rebecca Klisz-Hulbert, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University • conversation
July 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  poverty  mental-health  depression  suicide  stress  african-americans  black-youth

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

People with substance use disorders face greater challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic

The crisis has made recovery more difficult for those with substance use disorders. The inability to get to support group meetings, stress and illness are just some of the factors.

Melissa S. Fry, Director, Applied Research and Education Center & Associate Professor of Sociology, Indiana University • conversation
May 19, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  stress  opioids  opioid-crisis  drug-abuse  substance-use-disorders  covid-pandemic

As reopening begins in uncertain coronavirus times, you need emotional protective equipment, too

As we return to work, the stress and anxiety from COVID-19 won't go away. Our experts have some tips on how to handle the new normal.

Julia Felton, Assistant Professor in the Division of Public Health, Michigan State University • conversation
May 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  anxiety  pandemic  stress  mindfulness  ptsd  coronavirus-anxiety

Is it okay to laugh during a pandemic?

One thing that makes the current situation unique is that it is not a single event in a specific place and time. Humour is a coping strategy.

Gil Greengross, Lecturer in Psychology, Aberystwyth University • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus stress laughter humour sense-of-humour

I was a nurse on the front lines of Ebola, and I saw that nurses need support for the trauma and pain they experience

Nurses on the front lines of a pandemic need education, training and institutional support.

Cheedy Jaja, Professor of Nursing, University of South Carolina • conversation
April 29, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: infectious-diseases covid-19 coronavirus ebola stress burnout covid-19-front-lines nurses west-africa ebola-outbreak

Emergency service workers are already at high risk of burnout – coronavirus will make this worse

Nearly 90% of emergency service staff have experienced stress, low mood and poor mental health.

Paresh Wankhade, Professor of Leadership and Management, Edge Hill University • conversation
April 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus work stress burnout ppe ptsd nhs police emergency-services fire-service

Why do we dream?

During times of stress and anxiety we either dream more or remember our dreams more often, as a way of coping with challenging circumstances and new information.

Jason Ellis, Professor of Sleep Science, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
April 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus anxiety stress sleep dreams rem-sleep dreaming

Here's how Americans coped during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic

A survey of 500 adults in the US provides a snapshot of the ways people are dealing with life during a pandemic and how well they think they're doing.

Melissa Liu, Ph.D. Student in Psychology, IUPUI • conversation
April 9, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 anxiety stress coronavirus-2020 covid-19-pandemic surveys psychology-research worry coping-strategies coping stressed coronavirus-in-us coronavirus-anxiety

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