Barton Goldsmith: Living with depression and anxiety
In the April issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers issued a dire warning about the mental health effects of the coronavirus that “immediate efforts focused on prevention and direct intervention are needed to address the impact of the outbreak on individual and population-level mental health.”According to a survey conducted in early April by the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly half of all Americans are suffering from mental health issues during this pandemic. An Express Scripts survey found that three-quarters of all antidepressant, antianxiety and anti-insomnia prescriptions filled dur...
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Cooking with CBD oil can help with anxiety, sleep issues, other conditions, proponents say
Let’s be blunt: Florida’s marijuana business continues to grow. Pot proponents were attempting to get recreational use on the ballot for 2022 as of this writing. And we’re continuing to hear more about cannabis-sourced products.CBD is over-the-counter. You don’t need a card for it. It doesn’t get you high. But many folks — and an increasing number of studies — say it’s useful in treating everything from aches and pains to acne. And its absorption rates apparently rise when you put it in the food.They do it every day at Fort Myers’ Seed & Bean Cafe and Market, where co-founder Cole Peacock has ...
COVID -19: Anxiety over three new cases in Anambra
There is anxiety in Anambra following the additional three new cases of coronavirus announced on Saturday night by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).The new cases brought to five in Anambra, with two discharged having tested negative twice.Despite the panic from residents, the government said on Sunday there was no cause for alarmCommissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C Don Adinuba, told The Nation there were likely to be more cases in days to come because of aggressive testings in communitiesGovernor Willie Obiano on Thursday, announced the aggressive contact trac...
Study suggests negative self-imagery helps maintain social anxiety
A recent study, published in PLOS ONE, suggests that mental imagery plays a role in maintaining social anxiety in adolescents. When socially anxious youth held a negative (vs. benign) image in mind during a conversation, they rated themselves more negatively and were given more critical ratings by their conversation partners.Previous studies have shown that negative self-imagery can promote the maintenance of social anxiety in adults by increasing anxiety and leading to the use of counterproductive behaviors. As these effects have yet to be confirmed in adolescents, researchers Leigh, Chiu, an...
With many adults struggling to get a full night's rest while fighting stress and anxiety induced by the coronavirus pandemic, a podcast initially designed for restless kids, Sleep Tight Relax - Helping Busy Minds Become Calm at Bedtime, has seen a huge surge in numbers of grown-up subscribers. Each audio session begins with a relaxation exercise followed by music, nature sounds or a long story. In a new episode, Sounds of Nature: Spring Rains Falling In A Garden, listeners are invited to lie on their backs in a darkened room, or to achieve the illusion of darkness by wearing an eye mask, and l...
Alesso was 'fanboying' over Liam Payne
The Swedish hitmaker reveals both he and his sister were jumping for joy after Payne agreed to fly to Stockholm to record the track Midnight, and when they finally met face-to-face, Alesso had to try hard to dial down his excitement to maintain a level of professionalism.And keeping his cool involved lying to his equally-obsessed sibling about when the Brit would be arriving."I was fanboying hard when Liam came in," Alesso confessed to People.com in a recent joint interview with Payne. "I was like, 'Oh my gosh, Liam Payne!' How could you not have heard about these guys? They're huge."My sister...
Baseball haven Williamsport braces for a summer without the game and all it brings
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — As the Allegheny foothills that frame Williamsport turned green this April, the COVID-19 outbreak sparked an unrelated anxiety, one that spread quickly through the aging mansions of Millionaires Row, the turreted minor-league ballpark alongside Lycoming Creek, the hilltop fortress of Little League baseball.That unease, as raw as the wind that throughout this unusually cold spring swept off the Susquehanna River and whistled eerily through a suddenly deserted downtown, could be condensed into a single question:What if there’s no baseball in Williamsport this summer?With May’...
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Healthy ways of coping with physical distancing
We need to sustain ourselves for a potentially protracted time of living with COVID-19 and make some persistent changes to our functioning for the long journey.By Dr Cait McMahon OAMAs we progress on the path of living with COVID-19, the social and emotional responses across communities have changed within a short amount of time. First came the shock – the immediate and fast-changing impacts felt around the world. I call this Phase One of the diseases, characterised by intense fear and anxiety.We all had to make behavioural and emotional changes when the government and external regulations whe...
Free app to help N.J. employees manage anxiety during the pandemic may not be so free, or good, after all
By Britt ParisAs a result of the unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19 generating stress and anxiety, over the last week, New Jersey state employees enrolled in the state health benefits program received notice that they could now accessJoyable, a mental health app usually costing $99/month, for free. Joyable enrolls users in an eight-week cognitive behavioral therapy program, connecting with coaches trained in that treatment but without professional credentials and protections.An investigation into Joyable’s relationship to other organizations, as well as a review of its efficacy a...
Social media exposure during the coronavirus pandemic is linked to increased anxiety
Exposure to information about COVID-19 through social media is associated with increased symptoms of anxiety, according to a recent Chinese study. The report was published in PLOS One.The rapid spread of new virus COVID-19 throughout China, and its quick transmission to many other countries was unprecedented and extraordinary. Numerous studies have reported that the mental health implications of the pandemic are real and at times severe, both on medical workers and the public.As the study authors point out, past research provides compelling evidence that exposure to media during a public crisi...