The benefits of shifting our internal narrative in times of crisis. | By: James Lake, MD
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Managing COVID-19 Anxiety Without Benzodiazepines (Part 3)
Globally hundreds of millions of people are experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Benzodiazepines such as alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan) are being widely prescribed by doctors to help people manage their symptoms, and there has been an increase in the illicit market for benzodiazepines.
Kava and l-theanine for COVID-19 Anxiety (Part 2)
This is the second post in a series of non-pharmacologic management of anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first post, I commented on the limited efficacy of benzodiazepines for anxiety and highlighted the medical and psychiatric risks associated with benzodiazepine use, which are greater during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this post, I briefly review the evidence for kava-kava and l-theanine, two natural products widely used for stress and anxiety.
Managing Anxiety During COVID-19 (Part 1)
This post is the first in a series on the management of anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of people have been relying on benzodiazepines such as alprazolam (Xanax™), clonazepam (Klonopin™), lorazepam (Ativan™) and other prescription drugs to manage symptoms of stress and anxiety. While some medications are safe and effective treatments of anxiety, they have limited overall efficacy and potentially serious safety concerns.
Parenting In a Pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has thoroughly changed the time spent with our families. With parents and children working and learning from home, many of us are getting more family time than we ever expected. Furthermore, the coronavirus threatening public health as well as the current conditions breeding economic and political uncertainty are significant stressors on parents and children alike.
The Relationship Between Immune Health and Mental Health
The importance of cultivating a strong immune system has become evident as we navigate the coronavirus pandemic. It is no secret that a strong immune system can help defend against illnesses, but there may also be a hidden benefit to mental wellbeing.
COVID-19 Pandemic Fatigue
It’s hard to believe that we are nearly one year into the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial panic and hoarding of toilet paper have worn off, yet for many the psychological impacts of the pandemic are still very much present and may last longer than the pandemic itself.
Lifestyle Choices for Good Mental Health During COVID-19
Simple lifestyle choices can enhance mental health
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity)...
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time...
An eating disorder is an illness that causes serious disturbances to your everyday diet, such as eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating. A person with an eating disorder may have started out just eating smaller or larger amounts of food, but at some point, the urge to eat less or more spiraled out of control. Severe distress or concern about body weight or shape may also signal an eating disorder...
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
All of us worry about things like health, money, or family problems. But people with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are extremely worried about these and many other things, even when there is little or no reason to worry about them...
People with panic disorder have sudden and repeated attacks of fear that last for several minutes. Sometimes symptoms may last longer. These are called panic attacks. Panic attacks are characterized by a fear of disaster or of losing control even when there is no real danger...
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
When in danger, it’s natural to feel afraid. This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to prepare to defend against the danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a healthy reaction meant to protect a person from harm. But in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), this reaction is changed or damaged. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they’re no longer in danger...
Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder)
Social phobia is a strong fear of being judged by others and of being embarrassed. This fear can be so strong that it gets in the way of going to work or school or doing other everyday things...
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Everyone double checks things sometimes. For example, you might double check to make sure the stove or iron is turned off before leaving the house. But people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) feel the need to check things repeatedly, or have certain thoughts or perform routines and rituals over and over. The thoughts and rituals associated with OCD cause distress and get in the way of daily life...