‘Prolonged Grief Disorder’ Is Now an Official Mental Health Condition—These Are the Symptoms to Know

An extended grieving period may now be classified as a mental health condition, according to the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The new diagnosis—prolonged grief disorder—provides a new framework for treating patients affected by loss, and allows providers to bill insurance companies for treatment services. The March addition to the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) comes after years of debate as to whether grief should be classified as a mental illness. According to a press release by the APA, recent events have shown the necessity to distinguish and treat “incapacitating feelings of grief.”…

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Struggling to blog? Here are 61 (+9) health and wellness topics (when you only have 60 minutes)

Let’s say you need a post in an hour. Your audience and subscribers rely on your regular display of expertise and valuable health content. But time is up and you need something fast. You’re drawing a blank on what health and wellness topics to tackle. Or maybe you’re overthinking them. Now you’re stuck. What should you do? Should you skip this week? Send it out late? Throw something together quickly? Buy a post you can instantly upload? HINT: Don’t skip. Commit to a schedule and stick with it. Even if it’s…

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COVID-19 revealed how sick the US health care delivery system really is

If you got the COVID-19 shot, you likely received a little paper card that shows you’ve been vaccinated. Make sure you keep that card in a safe place. There is no coordinated way to share information about who has been vaccinated and who has not. That is just one of the glaring flaws that COVID-19 has revealed about the U.S. health care system: It does not share health information well. Coordination between public health agencies and medical providers is lacking. Technical and regulatory restrictions impede use of digital technologies. To put it bluntly, our health…

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A Strong Parallel Between Health Care And Housing For “All”

My colleague Alex Berezow at the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) has a skill for writing efficiently about complex issues like COVID-19 and health care. In one of his latest posts at ACSH he points out the deep flaw in the notion of “universal health care” in a way that, with some minor edits, could be repurposed to criticize the notion of “housing as a human right.” Simply put, when anything is made universal it almost certainly isn’t unless there is an absolute equilibrium between supply and demand,…

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Mental Health Tips: Five ways to practise self-care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Self-care, often ignored, is essential for your physical and mental health. What it means is to pay attention to your body and mind, understand what they need and making time to give them that. In times like these, this becomes even more important – the COVID-19 pandemic has lead to a massive increase in stress and anxiety levels. And while it may seem like you can’t possibly find the time for it — given you’re managing your home as well as work — it’ll be better for you in the…

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Mental health patients in crisis because of coronavirus cutbacks

People with mental health problems are ending up in crisis and at higher risk of suicide because they cannot get their usual help from the NHS during the lockdown, a leading charity has warned. Those struggling with serious conditions have found it hard to cope because their appointments have been cancelled and they have had trouble getting support from their GP, the mental health charity Mind said. The lack of care increased the danger of them self-harming, it said. One in four people who have tried to access help to…

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