This week, learn about the power of acceptance & commitment therapy, why many who experience anxiety and depression during COVID-19 are not seeking help, what CBT stands for, and much more.
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Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is the science-backed way to break free from your thoughts, reach your goals, & change your life. Discover how to develop psychological flexibility, tolerate fear, control your behavior, and ultimately revolutionize your self-identity.
The 3 Things You Need to Know This Week
#1: Why Are Those with Anxiety & Depression Actually Avoiding Medical Care During COVID-19?
A recent study shows that adults who experienced 4 common symptoms of depression and anxiety have about 2x greater risk of delaying non-coronavirus medical care—or avoiding it altogether.
This is important to know because at the start of the pandemic, there were reports of declines in emergency and ambulatory medical visits. This new research shows a strong association that could contribute to that decline.
The study’s authors noted, “medical professionals, social workers, and clinicians need to proactively take steps to help clients work through symptoms of anxiety and depression.”
If you think you or someone you care for is experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety during this time, learn the truth of what depression is really like. This education can help you reduce the overwhelm and discover your next steps:
Her Expertise: Dr. Sue Varma is a board-certified psychiatrist and Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA). Not only does she deliver uniquely-crafted therapy for depression; as a medical professional, she has a thorough understanding of depression medication options and a deep knowledge of the risks and benefits of each. She has formulated her own resiliency model for everyday stress and anxiety. Previously, she served as the medical director treating 9/11 victims, so understands how to treat the toll of a life-changing event such as COVID-19.
#2: “No Mobile Phobia” Is Now Tied to Sleep Issues in College Kids
In a study of more than 300 college students, nearly 9 in 10 met the criteria for moderate to severe “nomophobia”—or the fear of being without a cell phone. Another seven percent of students met the criteria for mild nomophobia.
According to the findings, “greater severity of nomophobia was significantly correlated with greater sleepiness…severe nomophobia was also related to decreased motivation and [negative] sleep hygiene behaviors.”
There are strategies that can help you or someone you care for temper the negative effects of social media and device use. In this eye-opening video, clinical psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula sheds light on the science of technology addiction & how to overcome it:
Her Expertise: In addition to her specialty in personality disorders, Dr. Ramani also has an extensive background in addressing the core psychological issues at the intersection of mental health and physical health. She helps clients and viewers take back control of their health and unlearn hidden habits stemming from childhood.
#3: This Environment May Reduce Childhood Mental Health Risks by 55%
New research shows that “children who grow up in greener environments are at 55 percent lower risk of mental health problems later on…up to the age of 10 years old.” They are more likely to have enhanced cognitive development and better physical health. They are even more likely to develop higher “social cohesion”—which means they’ll have stronger relationships and an increased sense of solidarity with a community.
This impact of the natural environment plays a much larger role in mental health than previously thought.
Another crucial factor in improving mental health outcomes for children is spotting the signs of a mental health condition early. Early intervention requires education. We have a full category on mental health in kids that can help. Whether it’s depression, anxiety, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), or something that may be undiagnosed, discover how to spot the symptoms, open a dialogue with a child about mental health, and find treatment solutions that work.