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November 13, 2020

Chronic Pain and Mental Health Often Interconnected

  • Anxiety, Depression, Patients and Families

Chronic pain and mental health disorders often occur together. In fact, research suggests that chronic pain and mental health problems can contribute to and exacerbate the other.

October 05, 2020

The Psychological Hurdle of Sports Retirement

  • Depression, Patients and Families

For that athlete who viewed the 2020 Olympics as the pinnacle of their career, or for that senior in college who was excited to share their last championship with their teammates, the pandemic has brought about an anti-climactic and disappointing end to their season and a forced break from training, and, for some, forced premature retirement. Sports retirement is often a major life transition for an athlete and can therefore be a major psychological challenge.

September 30, 2020

Social Connections Key to Maintaining Mental Well-being

  • Depression, Patients and Families

Positive social connections have consistently been shown to support mental health and well-being. New research finds that social support is also key to coping with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has upended life for most of us, and the uncertainty, economic strain and isolation have left many struggling with stress, anxiety or depression.

September 18, 2020

Athletes and Isolation During the Continued COVID-19 Pandemic

  • By Stephen Chen, M.D. Candidate
  • Depression, Patients and Families

In this time of COVID-19, no one wants sports back than the athletes themselves. In a recent study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin, 68% of the 3,243 high school student-athletes surveyed reported symptoms of anxiety and depression, an uptick of about 37% from past, pre-pandemic studies.

September 09, 2020

Building Knowledge and Understanding to Help Prevent Suicide

  • Anxiety, Depression

Each year more than 45,000 lives are lost to suicide in the U.S. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for adults 35 to 54 years old and the second leading cause of death for youth and young adults aged 10 to 34 years. (1) But there is hope. New research is helping us understand who is at greatest riskā€”and this understanding will help psychiatrists and the mental health field at large save lives.

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