Topic: Anxiety & Depression

online mental health
Oct 6 2020

Online mental health care: Six questions to think about when choosing a provider

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is taking a significant toll on the mental health and wellbeing of people of all ages, from older people self-isolating to young children who can’t spend time playing with friends because of social distancing. A study on JAMA Network Open found that symptoms of depression were three times more prevalent among... Read More

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mental health issues
Jul 28 2020

Four mental health tips to combat the stress of living with extended family

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the structure of many people’s households has changed dramatically. Campuses closed and young adults returned home and many will still be at home this fall as colleges and universities continue to limit on-campus classes. Some people moved in with family after a job loss. And some families temporarily moved older... Read More

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young children
May 12 2020

Tips for explaining the COVID-19 pandemic to young children

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

By now, even young children are well aware that there’s something unusual and alarming going on in the world around them. In addition to hearing parents and caregivers talk about the COVID-19 pandemic, they may also have seen disturbing images on the news or noticed that their caregivers are more anxious or sad than usual... Read More

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mental health
Mar 31 2020

How to manage mental health issues if you’re self-isolating

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

All around the world, people are living with the ongoing anxiety and stress that are resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to fears about getting seriously ill or family members contracting the virus, people are faced with financial stresses from job losses and furloughs and a falling stock market. Another factor that’s affecting many... Read More

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mental health providers
Mar 24 2020

Virtual resources help connect you with mental health providers

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you’re living with depression, anxiety, substance use disorder, or other mental health issues, receiving the care and support you need from experienced mental health providers is an essential part of managing your mental wellbeing. With the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and the social distancing requirements in place to... Read More

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antidepressant
Nov 12 2019

What to consider when your doctor prescribes an antidepressant

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If your primary care physician or psychiatrist has recommended that you take an antidepressant, asking some key questions can help you better understand what to expect and help your doctor choose the medication that’s most appropriate for you. It’s also important to remember that not all antidepressant medications work well for all patients, so it... Read More

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medication errors
Apr 23 2019

Tips to help you manage the side effects of antidepressants

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you’re one of the one in eight Americans who take antidepressants, you may be living with the common side effects that these medications can cause, such as: weight gain nausea sleep problems sexual problems fatigue dry mouth constipation or diarrhea headaches anxiety The type of side effects you may experience depends on what medications... Read More

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older patients
Jan 15 2019

Strategies for Managing Your Stress and Health as a Caregiver

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you’re a caregiver for a spouse or partner, child living with a serious illness or chronic condition, or aging parent or family member, you have a lot on your plate. And while taking care of family members who need you can be rewarding, it can also be very stressful. Unfortunately, one thing caregivers often... Read More

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Siblings are doing his homework for elementary school.
May 1 2018

Six Questions to Ask When Choosing a Therapist for your Child

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

If you’ve noticed symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns in your child or teen, making an appointment with a therapist can be the first step towards figuring out the underlying cause of these changes in behavior and helping your child manage symptoms that can interfere with his or her life at home... Read More

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mental healthcare
Feb 20 2018

How to get the care you need in the face of a mental healthcare provider shortage

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’ve tried to get an appointment with a mental healthcare provider and failed, you’re not alone. While the demand for the services of mental healthcare professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, and counselors has grown significantly, the number of providers has decreased, making it increasingly difficult to get an appointment. There are several reasons for... Read More

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