Improved mental health support for frontline workers urgently needed

Frontline healthcare workers need a range of ‘flexible’, ‘easily accessible’ and ‘consistent’ psychological support to overcome the significant mental health burden resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, finds a new study of NHS and community-based staff, led by UCL researchers. In a ‘call to action’, the team of psychiatrists and psychologists, who formed the ‘COVID Trauma Response Working Group’, say there […]

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After two heart valve surgeries, a mental toll

After Ivan Hernandez was born with a defective mitral valve, doctors warned his parents he could face heart failure at any age. Yet Hernandez grew up without incident. He played all sorts of sports, cultivating a love for fitness. As an adult, he sometimes exercised twice a day. He regularly participated in high-intensity interval training and other extreme workouts. He […]

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Women had ‘alarmingly high rates’ of mental health problems during start of the pandemic

A study at the University of Chicago Medicine found U.S. women experienced increased incidence of health-related socioeconomic risks (HRSRs), such as food insecurity and interpersonal violence, early in the COVID-19 pandemic. This was associated with “alarmingly high rates” of mental health problems, including depression and anxiety. The research was published April 5 in the Journal of Women’s Health. Other studies […]

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Parental stress biology and mental health symptoms affect young children

Parental depression and anxiety can have profound effects on children. For the first time, Penn State researchers demonstrated that stress biology relates to depressive and anxiety symptoms differently for mothers versus fathers, and that parents’ profiles of stress biology and symptoms can predict their preschoolers’ emotional and behavioral problems. According to Erika Lunkenheimer, associate professor of psychology and Social Science […]

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Fracking takes a toll on mental health as drilling and truck traffic rattle neighborhoods

Hydraulic fracturing has boomed in the U.S. over the past decade, but unless you live near it, you may not realize just how close fracking wells can be to homes and schools. In Colorado, the wellbore—the hole drilled to extract oil or gas—can be 500 feet from someone’s house under current state rules. In some states, like Texas, drilling can […]

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