COVID 19 is a MENTAL  HEALTH CRISIS TOO:  DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, SUICIDE RISK, SUBSTANCE ABUSE

COVID 19 is a MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS TOO. Two-plus months into sheltering at home due to the COVID 19 crisis, and beginning to re-open our economy, we are in the midst of another kind of health crisis.  This one has to do with psychological health and well-being. 

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HOW DO YOU COPE WITH COVID 19?

By Alan M. Solomon, Ph.D.

How do you usually cope with stress? Do you quickly take action to deal with a challenge, seek relief and resolution?  Do you pause, reflect, perhaps check-in with trusted friends, family members, work colleagues, formulate a plan of action and begin to take steps?  Do you try some online research to understand the problem more deeply? 

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AMERICANS ARE LIVING SHORTER LIVES

Drug overdoses, suicides, and also diseases involving internal organs have caused an increase in middle-aged deaths.  So much so that the life expectancy in the US has actually declined since 2014 after increasing for the previous 60 years.  The largest increase in deaths was in New England and the Ohio Valley. (Ken Pope:  US Life Expectancy Down in Recent Years After Increasing for Decades). 

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Is Counseling a Part of Good Health Care?

“Fifty percent of the patients seeing me for cardiac care are really dealing with psychological issues.”  So said a cardiac physician in an informal conversation recently.  “So, I quiet myself, listen quite a bit, and then watch for an opportunity to counsel the patient about his anxiety, depression, etc.”  This comment was made about patients receiving care after a procedure had been completed.

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What is Executive Function in ADHD?

A more in-depth view of ADHD considers “executive functions”, in addition to issues of attention/concentration, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior.  Executive functions “organize thoughts and activities, prioritizes tasks, manages time efficiently, and makes decisions”. 

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How Can You Afford Quality Mental Health Care?

Is quality psychotherapy affordable?  Our members at the Independent Psychotherapy Network are committed to quality care and affordability. 
We are all very experienced therapists, practicing throughout Los Angeles County.  Our regular meetings are one way we remain committed to maintain and enhance our skills, as well as renew our commitment to quality, caring psychotherapy that is crafted for each individual client.  Much of our time together in monthly meetings is devoted to our own professional training and development, as well as supporting each other’s focus on caring for our clients

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Eating Disorders

Individualized psychotherapy, carefully attuned to each individual and their own issues, family history, and struggles is an effective way to identify these deeper issues.  More genuine and ongoing relief – more constructive ways of coping – can develop through the support of an experienced and caring therapist. 

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How Do We Speak (or Write) About Disabilities?

The language we use in speaking (or writing) about disabilities greatly impacts how we think about the disability, and more importantly the person who lives with that disability.   A much-trusted colleague, whose own list-serve and blog often provides material for this blog, addressed this issue recently (Ken Pope Beatrice Wright). Rather than paraphrase or summarize as I often do, it is best to simply quote. It’s well worth  a few minutes to read through it:

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The Benefits of Exercise with ADHD

Running gave him a sense of control over his performance in school, relieved him of the discouragement and depression from performing poorly for so many years, and also reduced his levels of anxiety.  In a very general sense, such exercise increases levels of basic brain chemicals (neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine).  This actually encourages the brain to grow new receptors in some key areas. 

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