Where Resolving to Lose Weight Goes Wrong

January 21, 2022

NPR reports that this past year, half of all New Year's resolutions in the U.S. were based on fitness and "nearly half were based on weight loss." We also know that by March, many resolutions [...]

In the Face of Mental Health Challenges, Seek to Find More Flow

January 14, 2022

Last week, I once again echoed concerns about the pandemic's "long-haul" damage to everyone's mental health. It's not the first time I've rung that bell. As recently as October, I wrote about [...]

Ongoing Mental Toll of COVID and the Need to Keep Optimism Alive

January 7, 2022

As we set our sights on the new year ahead, we are all doing so feeling, in varying degrees, the effects of two long years of pandemic life. As one day blurs into the next and one month into [...]

Outlook for 2022 Now Open to Speculation

December 31, 2021

It is a time when we generally take inventory of the year about to pass and maybe even make a resolution or two on how we might enact some self-improvement. As for me, this year feels like it [...]

When Rising Pandemic Numbers and Holiday Celebrations Collide

December 24, 2021

Like today, the safety of gift shopping, family gatherings and church services was on Americans' minds... back in December of 1918. Since COVID has come on the scene, there have been many [...]

Pandemic Spiking Blood Pressure While Nursing Shortage Grows

December 17, 2021

As reported in the New York Times, new research shows that as the pandemic has increased, so has the nation's blood pressure readings. For one, Dr. Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, president of the [...]

Barriers for the Disabled Run Deeper Than Fixing Sidewalks

December 10, 2021

In a report issued in May 2020, the American Psychological Association speaks of mounting psychological distress caused by the pandemic, affecting the general population and especially certain [...]

Opioid Epidemic Public Health Emergency and Security Threat

December 3, 2021

Today in America, the drug epidemic stands as the deadliest it has ever been, nearly doubling in the past five years. The emergence of the synthetic opioid fentanyl is now driving one of [...]

Fentanyl-Laced Drugs Make Epidemic Deadliest Ever

November 26, 2021

Announced last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reported by NBC News (among a multitude of other news outlets), America's drug epidemic has taken the deadliest turn in [...]

The Challenge of Finding What Soothes the Pain

November 19, 2021

In the journal JAMA Network Open, research on the long-term effects of contracting COVID-19 shows that at least 50% of COVID-19 survivors experience numerous physical and psychological health [...]

Ageism and Scam Artists Take a Toll on Older Americans

November 12, 2021

As reported last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics, along with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Children's Hospital Association, have responded to a shocking [...]

In the Wake of the Pandemic, a Mental Health Tsunami?

November 5, 2021

There is no shortage of news, seemingly daily, of new or continuing human problems that have reached the crisis point. Beyond the pandemic, there is the supply-chain crisis, a global energy [...]