Mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and substance use disorder are among the most common — and disabling — health conditions worldwide. Yet, according to the University of Washington, 50 percent of individuals who are referred to mental health specialists by their primary care doctor never follow through on that referral. And among those […]
“A two-way street.” That’s how experts describe the connection between depression and heart disease. But for the 350 million people who suffer from depression and the 17.3 million who die each year of heart disease worldwide, drawing a line between the heart and the head is not a straightforward exercise. What we do know is […]
Before COVID-19, our holiday planning felt fraught with complicated family dynamics, lost loved ones and what now feel like frivolous high-stakes decisions as whether to cook the stuffing inside the bird or if homemade cranberry sauce is better than canned. We agonized over long car rides and uncomfortable sleeper sofas. But we also looked forward […]
Our LGBTQ+ friends, family and neighbors have faced long-standing challenges in our society from increased rates of mental health issues to higher rates of substance use, but during the COVID-19 quarantine, they are managing another daunting issue. Pride Month is celebrated every June, and in honor of this month we’d like to address this important issue.