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Mental Health

In Good Times and Bad, Emotional Resilience is Key

Normal life can be hard. Disappointments and failures are unavoidable. But the challenges of 2020 have created a new normal — complete with increased anxiety and depression. “I think it’s super common to be a bit down and overwhelmed right now with everything going on around us,” says Nicole Mavrides, M.D., a psychiatrist with the…

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Advocate for Yourself During the Pandemic

Navigate the new normal with grace and grit. In Florida, most schools have reopened for in-person instruction, restaurants and bars serve customers, and sporting events carry on. Soon enough, the holidays will arrive with their own set of social expectations.  And yet, the pandemic continues.  Reopening society is a dicey dance, moving one step forward,…

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Go Ahead, Put Yourself First

Even under the best conditions, the COVID-19 pandemic has been anything but pleasant or easy. Whether you’re a parent struggling with a child’s at-home schooling, a worker who has been furloughed, or a senior who has been isolated for months, the coronavirus has made it evident that we need to take care of ourselves on…

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Doomscrolling: It’s Not Good

When it comes to keeping up with what’s going on in the world, there’s no question that social media feeds have made it easier. But all this simple scrolling can come at a cost, especially when it seems the news is all bad.  As days go by, that idle and absent-minded scrolling can negatively impact…

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How are you Coping? Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19

We have learned more about brain chemistry and mental health illness. But the stigma of being diagnosed with a psychiatric condition persists. “We’ve made some progress in the past 30, 40 years, but we still have some of those negative attitudes,” says Radu Saveanu, M.D. head of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of…

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Is This a Good Idea Right Now?

Life must go on in the pandemic, but the emotional stress can impact your decision-making abilities. Whether a hero on the front lines or hunkered down in your home, all of us face stress during the era of COVID-19 that we have never encountered before. At the same time, life continues, and many of us…

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Postpartum Depression in a Pandemic

Postpartum depression and anxiety are unfortunately common among women after childbirth, and the ongoing pandemic has only increased these concerns. Most parents or people who are thinking about becoming parents are aware of the risks related to postpartum depression. This condition is more severe than the typical “baby blues” and leads to prolonged sadness, loss…

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Gaslighting in the Time of Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has taken over much of our lives, and the damage can be seen not only in hospital intensive care units but also in the uptick of calls to helplines. As people navigate uncertainty, as work and economic stressors take their toll, mental health experts are reporting an increase in domestic abuse cases.…

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Big Boys Do Cry – and That’s Cool

For men, recognizing the warning signs of depression can be hard to acknowledge. But ignoring them is worse.   Originally published August 9, 2018 Revised June 18, 2020 Heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson. The most decorated Olympian of all time, swimmer Michael Phelps. Four-time NBA All-Star DeMar DeRozan. The list goes on. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Ken…

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The Greatest Threat to Men’s Health? Loneliness

Blame the wife and kids. Blame the job or retirement. Blame social distancing. No matter what the reasons are, too many men tend to distance themselves from friends as they grow older.   While it may sound harmless, not maintaining relationships can be dangerous to your overall health and wellbeing. Originally published September 11, 2018…

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