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PTSD and fireworks season: 5 ways to cope with booms and bright lights
June 30, 2021 | Everyday Health
Online audience: 3.9 million

Summer often brings with it bright and booming fireworks shows, especially on patriotic holidays like the Fourth of July. Yet as beautiful as these light displays are, they can be triggering for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Craig Bryan is quoted.

Anxious as we transition out of the pandemic? That’s common and can be treated, experts say
June 29, 2021 | CNN
Online audience: 47.7 million

America is in celebratory mode. States are dropping COVID-19 restrictions, plane travel is breaking records, and many Americans are gearing up to celebrate summer as if the last year plus of pandemic madness never happened. Kristen Carpenter is quoted.

Bipolar medications and weight gain: What to know
June 28, 2021 | U.S. News & World Report
Online audience: 15 million
MSN (via U.S. News & World Report)
Online audience: 67.2 million
Yahoo! (via U.S. News & World Report)
Online audience: 149.3 million

A 2018 survey conducted by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of nearly 900 people with bipolar disorder or depression found that weight gain was the side effect that most often led people to stop taking a medication. Dr. Samar McCutcheon and Dr. Douglas Misquitta are quoted.

What Is adjustment disorder?
June 23, 2021 | U.S. News & World Report
Online audience: 15 million

Everyone has stress in their lives. But for some people, a specific traumatic episode or major life change can lead to a mental health problem called adjustment disorder. Justin Baker is quoted.

Is depression genetic or environmental?
June 15, 2021 | U.S. News & World Report
Online audience: 15 million
Yahoo! News (via U.S. News & World Report)
Online audience: 36.1 million

If you've been experiencing more feelings of anxiety or depression lately, you're definitely not alone. A 2021 report from KFF found that during the pandemic, 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder, up from 1 in 10 who reported those symptoms from January to June 2019. Jay Fournier is quoted.

6 surprising signs you may have anxiety
June 7, 2021 | U.S. News & World Report
Online audience: 15 million
MSN (via U.S. News & World Report)
Online audience: 67.2 million
Yahoo! (via U.S. News & World Report)
Online audience: 149.3 million

Anxiety – as it refers to a set of disorders including social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, affects more than 18% of the U.S. adult population each year. That makes it the most common mental illness in the country, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Lawrence Needleman and Dr. Zachary Kelm are quoted.

What is 'toxic masculinity'? How we define what it means to be a man affects violence, relationships
June 3, 2021 | Columbus Dispatch
Online audience: 495,461
Print audience: 84,419

Few things are as ingrained in American culture as the concept of what it means to be "a man." Ask any man, and they'll likely all say that from an early age, they've been told variations of the same lessons and expectations. Dr. Douglas Misquitta is quoted.

13 easy phrases that will help you set healthy boundaries
May 27, 2021 | The Healthy
Online audience: 843,633
MSN (via The Healthy)
Online audience: 67.2 million

Healthy boundaries are crucial to our mental health, and most of us know we should set them. The tricky part: learning how to say no without worrying we'll lose friends or anger family. Arianna Galligher is quoted.

How to manage intrusive thoughts — a common phenomena of upsetting, unwanted thoughts that won't go away
May 14, 2021 | INSIDER
Online audience: 8.8 million
MSN India (via INSIDER)
Online audience: 67.2 million

If you're distracted by unwanted and upsetting notions, ideas, or images that arise spontaneously and are difficult to get rid of, you may be having intrusive thoughts. Intrusive thoughts are time-consuming and cause significant distress that can impair your ability to function normally. It's common to have unwelcome thoughts, but intrusive thoughts may be caused by a mental health disorder. Lawrence Needleman is quoted.

The science behind why people have missed traveling
May 13, 2021 | Boston Globe
Online audience: 2.1 million

There’s science behind why people missed travel so much and are returning to it so eagerly. Travel forces the brain to do such things as navigate unfamiliar places or communicate in other languages, for example, which research shows can bolster creativity and focus. It disrupts routine and exposes people to new things, activating the naturally occurring “feel-good” neurochemical dopamine, which boosts mood and motivation. Ken Yeager is quoted.

Treating Bipolar 1 and Bipolar 2 Disorders
May 5, 2021 | U.S. News & World Report
Online audience: 15 million
MSN (via U.S. News & World Report)
Online audience: 67.2 million

We've all experienced the highs and lows of life, from the occasional blue mood to the euphoria that comes with a big accomplishment or happy experience. But many people spend a large portion of their lives in a middle ground zone, where stable mood and predictable behaviors are the status quo. Dr. Samar McCutcheon is quoted.

Returning to the office after COVID could be stressful
April 24, 2021 | Voice of America
Online audience: 2.3 million

Now that half of all U.S. adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, millions of Americans who’ve worked from home during the pandemic are starting to wonder if they’ll be called back to the office anytime soon. It’s a switch up that comes at a time when many are already experiencing higher-than-normal feelings of stress and anxiety. Kristen Carpenter is quoted.

Handshakes? Hugs? How to Navigate the New COVID Etiquette After Vaccines
April 20, 2021 | Wall Street Journal
Print audience: 994,600
Online audience: 11.7 million

As people soldiered through months of the pandemic, they got accustomed to COVID-era social etiquette: distancing, masking, avoiding contact. But now as vaccinations rise, expectations around social interactions are changing again—and nobody knows how to navigate them. Dr. K. Luan Phan is quoted.

12 Proven Strategies to Stop Overthinking and Ease Anxiety Now
March 24, 2021 | U.S. News & World Report
Online audience: 15 million
Yahoo! News (via U.S. News & World Report)
Online audience: 36.1 million

What if I said the wrong thing? How will I ever finish the assignment in time? Why isn’t he responding to my text? Thoughts like these make us human. “However, we often find ourselves stuck in a spiral of predicting, playing out different scenarios and often catastrophizing,” says Sophie Lazarus, a psychologist at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

How's Your Mental Health? 1 Year Into Pandemic, Experts Offer Advice
March 11, 2021 |
Online audience: 6 million
MSN (via
Online audience: 67.2 million

Exactly one year ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus a global pandemic. In following months, millions of people around the world contracted the disease, and more than 2.5 million people were killed by the virus; more than 500,000 of those deaths were in the United States alone. It's no surprise that these major changes had a serious impact on the country's collective mental health. Dr. K. Luan Phan is quoted.

AP-NORC Poll: 1 In 5 In US Lost Someone Close In Pandemic
March 11, 2021 | ABC News (+ 12 outlets via AP)
Online audience: 13.9 million

A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research illustrates how the stage is set for a two-tiered recovery. But people still in mourning express frustration at the continued struggle to stay safe. Dr. K. Luan Phan is quoted.

30% of COVID Survivors May Have PTSD: 'This Is A Very Scary Experience For The Patients'
February 26, 2021 | Yahoo!
Online audience: 149.3 million

A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry found that more than 30 percent of COVID-19 survivors may develop PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) — a mental health condition that is triggered by a traumatic event and hallmarked by flashbacks of the trauma, nightmares and severe anxiety. Arianna Galligher is quoted.

How to Improve Your Mood During Stressful Times
February 11, 2021 | Columbus Monthly
Audience: 21,935

There wasn’t a lot to love about 2020. Stockpiling sanitizer, disinfecting groceries and settling for smiles on Zoom rather than seeing them in person became pile-on stressors in an already unsettling time. Sophie Lazarus is quoted.

Marijuana Abuse By Youth With Mood Disorders Linked To Suicide Attempts, Self-Harm And Death, Study Finds
January 21, 2021 | CNN (+ 23 outlets)
Online audience: 49 million
MedicineNet (via HealthDay)
Online audience: 3.9 million

Heavy use of marijuana by teens and young adults with mood disorders -- such as depression and bipolar disorder -- is linked to an increased risk of self-harm, suicide attempts and death, a new study has found. Cynthia Fontanella is quoted. This coverage resulted from pitching efforts and a multimedia release distributed by OSUWMC Media Relations.

Opinion: Veteran Suicides — Here's How We Help
Jnauary 10, 2021 | The Hill
Online audience: 8 million

Dr. Craig Bryan writes… President Donald Trump recently signed into law Senate Bill 785, a bipartisan legislation aimed at improving health care for and reducing suicide rates among American veterans. The bill isn’t a magic bullet that will solve all of our problems, but it provides us with an excellent opportunity to talk about suicide among veterans, an important topic that is too rarely in the spotlight.

The Psychological Reason It’s So Hard To Work Today After The Riot — And How To Cop
January 7, 2021 | CNBC
Online audience: 19.2 million

People across the country are still reeling after pro-Trump rioters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. Many are feeling nervous, anxious, distracted, in a fog or overwhelmed. And many are wondering how to focus on work when nothing feels certain. Arianna Galligher is quoted.

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