Since the pandemic began, there has been a significant spike in drug overdoses. Evidence suggests that isolation, economic devastation, and disruptions to the drug trade contribute to these alarming rates.
Louisianians can now seek professional alcohol or drug addiction treatment with the help of ATLAS: The Addiction Treatment Locator, Assessment and Standards online platform. Thank you to the Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Behavioral Health for assisting the launch of ATLAS in Louisiana.more » Read More
May 8, 2020
By Katherine Kam
Americans are reporting high levels of emotional distress from the coronavirus pandemic — levels that some experts warn may lead to a national mental health crisis.
“Our society is definitely in a collective state of trauma,” said Jonathan Porteus, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist who oversees the crisis and suicide hotline in Sacramento, CA. Unlike posttraumatic stress disorder, which surfaces after a trauma has ended,more » Read More
COVID-19’s Psychological Toll: Mental Distress Among Americans Has Tripled During the Pandemic Compared to 2018
May 7, 2020
By Markham Heid
Late last month, as the full weight of the COVID-19 crises was settling on the country’s shoulders, more than one in four American adults met the criteria that psychologists use to diagnose serious mental distress and illness. That represents a roughly 700% increase from pre-pandemic data collected in 2018.
While this surge in mental distress showed up across age and demographic groups, young adults and those with children experienced the most pronounced spikes.more » Read More
April 30, 2020
By Brad Bowins, M.D.
Mental illness exerts a heavy toll on society, but only receives a fraction of the funding that physical illness does. There is a universal need for beneficial and cost-effective interventions for mental illness. But what might qualify as an option?
One possible answer is activity! As a psychiatrist treating a wide range of conditions, I have seen first-hand the benefit of activity and routinely apply it to clients,more » Read More