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March 15, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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Perinatal Mental Illness Rates Tripled During Pandemic

March 15, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study says perinatal mental illness rates have tripled during the pandemic. The study looked at the experiences of 670 women in the U.S. between February and July 2020. The women completed an online survey that contained the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Researchers found that one in three women screened positive for postpartum depression and one in five had major depressive symptoms. [More]

February 27, 2022
by Elizabeth Pratt

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High Levels Of Anxiety And Depression Among Disabled During Pandemic

February 27, 2022 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Those living with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic are experiencing high levels of depression and anxiety. Researchers from Yale, Oregon State University, Olin College of Engineering, Hiram College and Macalester College found that there has been a significant increase in the number of people with disabilities living with depression since the start of the pandemic. [More]

February 8, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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Does Having A Dog Help You Cope Better During The Pandemic?

February 8, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in PLOS One looked at depression, anxiety, and happiness in dog owners and potential dog owners during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. “Our study is about the role dogs may have played on owners’ psychological wellbeing when most of the USA was under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” study author Francois Martin told us. “We wanted to know if dog owners would show less signs of depression and anxiety, and if they would report a greater sense of wellbeing.” [More]

January 4, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Has The Pandemic Impacted 2SLGBTQ+ Youth Experiencing Homelessness?

January 4, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new, first-of-its-kind survey by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) investigated the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on 2SLGBTQ+ youth and young adults at risk of, and experiencing, homelessness in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and surrounding areas. “I approached this study with the understanding that, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2SLGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness have been found to experience higher rates of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and suicidality, often resulting from identity-based discrimination, violence, and a lack of support,” study author Dr. Alex Abramovich told us. “I wanted to address these gaps and identify appropriate measures to support 2SLGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness and promote mental health during future waves of COVID-19 or future pandemics." [More]

October 19, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Food Worry And Mental Health During The Pandemic

October 19, 2021 10:09 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health looked at the associations between food worry and mental health during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our study focused on better understanding the mental health impacts due to worry about not having enough food to meet one’s household’s basic needs during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic,” study author Corey McAuliffe told us. “We aimed to identify the impact that food worry (concerns of meeting one’s basic food needs) had on different mental health experiences (e.g., anxiety/worry, depression, overall mental health, suicidal thoughts), as well as to explore potential inequitable impacts across the population.” [More]

August 27, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Why COVID-19 Made Us Panic Buy

August 27, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world, an interesting phenomenon was playing out in grocery stores. Panic buying. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world, an interesting phenomenon was playing out in grocery stores. Panic buying. Consumers, in the face of increasing uncertainty, began stockpiling in a buying frenzy that left the shelves bare. Now a study from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia may have an explanation for the behaviour. Unexpected certainty can cause us to change our behavior even if it isn't helpful. [More]

May 30, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Video Conferences More Exhausting If Participants Don't Feel Sense of Belonging

May 30, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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You sit down in front of your computer screen and dial in to yet another video conference. The content of the meeting isn’t all that different from if you had gathered with your colleagues in person, but after back to back video calls, you’re exhausted. You’re not alone. Research published in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that more than 90 percent of employees reported feeling tired after a videoconference. [More]

May 11, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Eating Disorder Symptoms Increased Significantly During The Pandemic According To New Study

May 11, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Psychiatry Research looked at changes in body dysmorphic disorder, eating disorder, and exercise addiction symptomatology during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study was a longitudinal study of 319 health club users. “The study was initially about exercise addiction, eating disorders, and body image, but when COVID-19 hit, we changed the scope to see if there were any differences pre vs post the first lockdown in the UK last spring,” lead author Mike Trott told us, [More]

April 6, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Finland Has Been The Most Physically Active During The Pandemic According To New Study

April 6, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Frontiers in Psychology looked at the cross-cultural health behaviors and wellbeing of people during COVID-19. “The purpose of the study was to examine the impact of the pandemic on perceived physical and mental health, changes in physical activity, sleep, eating, and wellbeing,” study author Montse Ruiz told us. [More]