Am I Anxious or Just Stressed? - Article

Like stress, anxiety can be useful in the right scenarios. It is the byproduct of what psychologist Stephen Porges calls “our biological imperative toward safety.” The discomfort it makes us feel was designed to alert us of something, precisely so that we listen up and protect ourselves. Luana Marques, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and president of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America told me, “Although anxiety is uncomfortable, it may signal that something’s not working.

The Mental Health Consequences Of The Pandemic - Article

We’ve endured almost a full year of the world turned upside down. When we’re not concerned about our own health or our family’s health – it’s concern about finances, missing seeing friends and relatives, being isolated and wondering if life as we know it will ever get back to normal. ADAA Member Jenny Yip, PsyD, ABPP shares her insights in this podcast.

Double Whammy: Are You Dealing With Quarantine Fatigue & Seasonal Affective Disorder? - Article

Being in isolation and living in restrictive conditions can lead to “quarantine fatigue.” According to (ADAA board member)  Dr. Luana Marques, quarantine fatigue is an “exhaustion associated with the new restrictive lifestyle that’s been adopted to slow the spread of COVID-19” and the symptoms include:

When Gephyrobia Strikes, You still Have to Cross the Bridge - Article

“It’s a step-by-step process which begins with facing your fears,” says (ADAA board member) Ken Goodman, a licensed clinical social worker in the Los Angeles area, a board member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and author and producer of The Anxiety Solution Series. “The strategy is not complicated, it is challenging, but people can do it if they're really determined.”

A Pandemic School Year - Article

When Columbia cancelled face-to face-classes for undergraduates last fall and announced its transition to online platforms, students reacted with an array of emotions, from disappointment and sadness to frustration, anxiety, and fear.  ADAA Member Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP shares that the first year students she has spoken with are "afraid they will never experience campus life, and that their personal, academic, and professional goals could be derailed.”

How to talk to your kids about the storming of the Capitol - Article

ADAA Member Mary Alvord, PhD, said it is critical that parents remain calm when talking about the day’s events because kids will pick up on unspoken cues and body language. Without that calmness, “we perpetuate fear, anxiety and outrage,” she said.

There are different messages for different age groups. For younger kids, up to 7 years of age, reassure your children that they are safe.  “For younger kids, maintain your routine, make sure their life goes on,” she added.

N.J. doctors worry many in a skeptical public will sit out vaccine rollout

While medical experts continue to develop vaccines and improved treatments for COVID-19, they grapple with how to convince the public that immunizations are safe. The proper messaging is the new puzzle that doctors and health officials say they must confront to end a pandemic that has claimed more than 19,000 lives in New Jersey and 353,000 in the U.S. ADAA Member Shane Owens, PhD ABPP shared his insight on the challenge of communicating with the public regarding the pandemic and the vaccine.