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New Research Details Links Between COVID and Mental Health

Several new studies highlight links between mental health disorders and COVID-19. People with mental health disorders and intellectual disabilities are more at risk for contracting COVID and people who have had COVID are at greater risk for developing mental disorders. Understanding these risks can potentially help health professionals and individuals to improve prevention, assessment, and treatment.  

Simple Tips to Help You Get Moving and Boost Mental Well-Being

Among the many consequences of the COVID-19 lockdowns are limitations on physical activity. New research reinforces the mental health benefits of physical activity and exercise as pandemic restrictions continue.

Chronic Pain and Mental Health Often Interconnected

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.

Putting a Care Plan in Place Before a Mental Health Crisis

A Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD) can be useful tool to help people with serious mental illness plan ahead and have more control over their treatment during a time of crisis. However, they can only be effective when they are prepared in advance and implemented when needed. A PAD (sometimes called a mental health advanced directive) is a legal document that includes a list of instructions and preferences that the individual wishes to be followed in case of a mental health crisis.

Address Your Feelings During This Election Cycle and Seek Medical Care if Needed

During these uncertain times, it can be very difficult to manage all that is happening around us:  the pandemic, job and financial insecurities, police brutality leading to protests and community unrest, and uneasiness around the voting process and the election outcome.