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A third of Americans now show signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau finds amid coronavirus pandemic

May 28, 2020

Even before the pandemic, mental health care in the country was severely underfunded and riddled with problems of access, disparities and insurance roadblocks. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Congress appropriated trillions of dollars in emergency funds, but almost none of it has gone toward mental health programs and clinics. “If you measure a problem, presumably it’s because you want more »

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Protect Your Family’s Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 14, 2020

Many parents are “concerned about the impact the coronavirus epidemic is having on their emotional health and their children’s mental well-being. Kids and teens, too, are expressing their own worries about the impact COVID-19 is having on their lives.  Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to protect your family’s mental health during this more »

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For Health Professionals – Managing Mental Health During COVID-19

April 17, 2020

“During a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, it is common for everyone to experience increased levels of distress and anxiety, particularly as a result of social isolation. Physicians and other frontline health care professionals are particularly vulnerable to negative mental health effects as they strive to balance the duty of caring for patients with more »

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How to Talk to Your Anxious Child or Teen About Coronavirus

April 10, 2020

Richa Bhatia, MD, FAPA, a Child, Adolescent and Adult psychiatrist, writes, “Fear, uncertainty, and anxiety are bound to be heightened with wide-scale disease outbreaks that are contagious, particularly when they involve a new, previously unknown disease-causing agent, as is the case with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Children and teens may have a particularly hard more »

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Taking Care of Your Mental Health

March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020 Mental Health First Aid Blog post: If you or someone you care about feels overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or like you want to harm yourself or others call 911. You can also contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, the more »

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Anxious about the news? Our top tips on how to cope

February 19, 2020

“When people started reporting tension and anxiety that stemmed from feeling bombarded by alarming news headlines, some therapists came to describe this as its own phenomenon. For example, therapist Steven Stosny, Ph.D., refers to it as “headline stress disorder” in an opinion piece for The Washington Post. He describes his personal experience with clients in more »

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California bills would make insurers cover more mental health

January 19, 2020

California legislators on Tuesday introduced two bills aimed at improving access to mental health and addiction treatment by requiring health insurance companies to authorize some forms of treatment more quickly and to cover more comprehensive mental health services. SB855 would require insurance companies to cover all forms of mental health and substance use treatment that more »

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