Post-COVID Stress And Burnout Among Health Care Workers: How Does it Put Patients at Risk?

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, burnout was at an all-time high among health care professionals. This was abundantly clear in the survey “Coping with COVID,” which revealed that 61 percent of health care workers feared transmission. Alarmingly, over one in three of respondents also claimed to suffer anxiety or depression, while 43 percent noted an excessive workload. This wave of post-COVID stress is sure to have real implications on the quality of care delivered. Still, the work environment within medical facilities looks a bit different these days than it did one year ago. Equipment shortages are less common…

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Best Practices to Improve Health in the Hospital

You’ve been admitted to the hospital, and, needless to say, don’t feel your best. Unfortunately, while a variety of targeted treatments promise to resolve your most pressing health concerns, other issues could keep you feeling ill as long as you’re stuck in a clinical environment. Fortunately, there are several small changes you can make in your routine to improve your health while in the hospital Hospital-acquired infections (HAI) are worrisome, of course, but they’re far from the only problems that limit your health at this vulnerable time. Holistic problems such as diet, lack of exercise, and sleep disturbances can also…

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Mild Concussions and Brain Aging: What the Latest Research Says

Concussions, like many injuries, exist on a spectrum. In the mildest cases, the injured are fortunate enough to avoid any loss of consciousness or serious lasting effects. Soon after the concussion, they resume their daily life, free of further complaints as if it had never occurred. Meanwhile, the worst concussions can either be deadly or result in irreparable harm, beginning with a loss of consciousness and later leading to life-changing physical or mental damage. Furthermore, research is beginning to suggest that there may be a link between even mild concussions and accelerated brain aging. For many years, the neurological community…

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How Concussions Can Lead to Accelerated Brain Aging: A Summary of the Science

Athletic concussions regularly hit headlines, but brain injuries are also alarmingly common outside of professional sports. A poll from NPR and Truven Health Analytics suggests that approximately one-quarter of Americans have suffered at least one concussion at some point. The long-term cognitive health implications could be staggering, as we reveal below: Issues with Executive Functioning While a growing body of research suggests that concussions can negatively impact a variety of brain processes, the effects are most evident with executive functioning. Impairments to the frontal lobe may leave sufferers struggling to focus or control their impulses. Brain scan data from the…

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The Physical Dangers of Lockdown Isolation — And What We Can Do About It

  Isolation and loneliness represented huge societal problems long before COVID forced us into quarantine. More people than ever live alone, and worse, many lack the friendships or close family relationships needed to support their mental health. It’s no secret that loneliness can give rise to issues like depression and anxiety, but its physical manifestations are also alarming. We are beginning to see this play out after months of lockdown. While nothing will replace traditional, in-person interactions, we can still make an effort to preserve our mental and physical health. These suggestions may help: Take Advantage of Digital Solutions Video…

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Anxiety and Depression After an Injury: How Common Is It And What Can You Do?

There are many facets to post-injury recovery, including not only rest and healing, but also, regaining long-term strength and dealing with oft-ignored mental health concerns. If the potential for anxiety and depression are not tackled early on, these issues could add significant difficulties to the already challenging prospect of physical recovery. Keep reading to learn more about the prevalence of mental health issues following physical injuries — and to discover how these concerns can be addressed. How Common Are Mental Health Problems After Injury? The potential for developing depression or anxiety largely depends on the nature of the injury. These…

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Seasonal Depression Meets COVID-19 Depression

Seasonal depression, the “winter blues,” and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) all have one thing in common: timing. As winter approaches and the amount of daylight decreases, energy levels and moods begin to diminish for many people. Now, when adding the psychological effects of COVID-19 and being locked-down, experts are worried about what this could mean. According to Yale Medicine, symptoms of seasonal depression include but are not limited to “poor mood, low energy, excessive sleepiness during the day, craving carbohydrates, over-eating and gaining weight, and social withdrawal”. Although only 15% of the population are assumed to be affected,  more may…

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How Being Distracted by Politics Can Impact Your Health

  Do you feel stressed about the election and politics in general? You’re certainly not alone. This is a significant source of anxiety for a huge share of the population. Unfortunately, it can have a detrimental impact on your physical and mental health. Whether your current concerns are tied to the relentlessly negative news cycle or worrisome discussions with loved ones, political distractions can lead to the following health issues: Insomnia Like any source of anxiety, political concerns can make it difficult to enjoy a restful night’s sleep. Sadly, a growing body of research suggests that many Americans have struggled…

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The Effect of Social Media on Mental Health in the Era of COVID-19

Why Taking a Break From Social Media Is Important for Your Mental Health Is your mental health suffering in a time of COVID? You’re certainly not alone. The digital landscape seems hopelessly negative and combative these days, to the point that even a few minutes online can prompt feelings of hopelessness or despair. The Value of Social Media Breaks: What the Research Says A growing body of research supports the value of unplugging. Perhaps most notable: a 2016 study published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. This one-week experiment involving over 1,000 participants found that those who successfully…

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Coping with the Stress and Uncertainty of COVID-19 Lockdown

How to Deal with the Long-Term Stresses and Future Uncertainty of COVID Lockdowns Diagnoses for depression and anxiety are skyrocketing in the time of COVID. Preliminary data from a Kaiser Family Foundation poll suggests that nearly half of Americans have suffered worse than usual mental health during the pandemic. Unfortunately, such issues are far from over, especially as we deal with an uncertain future in which another surge or lockdown could occur at any point. The sooner we acknowledge this new reality, the more effectively we can handle the mental health implications. If uncertainty has you feeling stressed, give these…

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