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by Kathariya Mokrue, PhD

Over the past week, the world watched in disbelief and horror as our nation’s Capitol, the symbol of democracy was attacked and desecrated. The historical event has left many feeling vulnerable and keenly aware of the fragility of our government to protect its people.

by Ken Goodman, LCSW

The news of the world can be scary for children and teens (and adults for that matter). Whether it’s rioting in the U.S. Capitol, looting in the streets of Portland, or people dying of COVID in the hospitals of New York, images of out-of-control behavior and death can be terrifying.

by Carol A. Mathews, MD

Symptoms of depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders have emerged or worsened for many during the pandemic.

by Ken Goodman, LCSW

I recently had a Zoom call with a patient who leaves deliveries on her porch for a week and then disinfects the packages before opening them. Another patient shared how upon returning home she removes all her clothes in the garage, sprays her body with rubbing alcohol, and immediately showers.

by Elizabeth Hoge, MD and Caroline Armstrong, BA

“Mindfulness” has become a bit of a buzz word in recent years. It’s not unlikely that you, or a friend or family member, may have tried out a meditation class, downloaded the app Headspace or Calm, or participated in a workplace-sponsored mindfulness training.

by Arash Javanbakht, MD

About a year ago I began to follow my interest in health and fitness on Instagram. Soon I began to see more and more fitness-related accounts, groups, posts and ads.

by Debra Kissen, PhD, M.H.S.A. and Paul Greene, PhD

1. How can you know if something is an intrusive thought, or monkey brain, and what is a genuine desire to do something bad? Where do the intrusive thoughts even stem from? 

by Karen Cassiday, PhD, ACT

2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, especially those who are prone to anxiety and depression.  The social isolation, uncertainty about employment, income, health and the health of Covid vulnerable people you love has posed a unique challenge for us all.

by Gordon J. G. Asmundson, PhD

In addition to its staggering impact on physical well-being and mortality, COVID-19 is also taking an unprecedented toll on our mental health.

by Bethany Teachman, PhD

Well-meaning advice for people freaking out about current events often includes encouragement to be patient, stay calm and keep the faith… but how on Earth are you supposed to do that amid the insanity of 2020?

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