I know I’m not alone in experiencing pandemic-related anxiety. In fact, studies have shown that the prevalence of symptoms of anxiety disorder has gone up about 3 times, depressive disorder has increased about 4 times, and suicidal ideation has about doubled since before the pandemic. Studies have estimated that about 43% of Americans are now experiencing at least one mental health symptom or behavior. So, this week on The Whole View, Stacy and I discuss and define trauma, how stress and trauma affect the brain, the difference between behavior and emotion, risk factors for PTSD, and action steps to support mental health in this challenging time and beyond.
This episode is full of useful information, whether for yourself or to support a loved one, or just to help navigate the more challenging social situations that can crop up these days.
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Recommended Reading and Listening
- TPV Podcast Episode 319: Abundance Mindset (PTSD, Emotional Freedom Technique, EMDR, and mindfulness)
- TPV Podcast Episode 383: Anxiety (amygdala vs. cortex in generalized anxiety disorder, mindfulness, diet and lifestyle for mental health)
- TPV Podcast Episode 303: Are Certain Foods Causing My Anxiety?
- TWV Podcast Episode 446: Nutrient Deficiencies Caused by Stress (big focus on vitamin C)
- TWV Podcast Episode 409: Let’s Talk About Magnesium
- TPV Podcast Episode 397: Practical Tips for the Sleep Stress Cycle
- TPV Podcast Episode 351: Stress on Health
- TWV Podcast Episode 408: Insomnia? (the link between insomnia and mental health)
- TPV Podcast Episode 382: Social Media (impact of social media on mental health)
- TPV Podcast Episode 251: Transitioning Out of Depression
- TPV Podcast Episode 204: Stacy’s Physical and Mental Recovery
- How Stress Undermines Health
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