How Can Teleworkers Stay Mentally and Physically Healthy?

MADRID — The COVID pandemic has had countless consequences. One of the most significant can be seen in any number of companies: the introduction of the telework model into work routines. There has been such a clear push toward this way of working that it’s quite likely that employees will regularly carry out their tasks … Read more

COVID-19 Pandemic Stress Affected Ovulation, Not Menstruation

Disturbances in ovulation that didn’t produce any actual changes in the menstrual cycle of women were extremely common during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic and were linked to emotional stress, according to the findings of an “experiment of nature” that allowed for comparison with women a decade earlier. Findings from two studies of … Read more

COVID-Induced Anxiety in Physicians: How Did I Cope?

When the pandemic hit the world, I was working as a psychiatry consultant at a hospital. With the lockdown, much of the hospital seemed deserted. In the doctor’s parking lot, where it was normally hard to find a spot, only a few cars were parked. Once busy corridors were nearly empty. So was the doctors’ … Read more

In Utero COVID Exposure Tied to Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Infants exposed to SARS-CoV-2 in utero are at increased risk for neurodevelopmental disorders in the first year of life, new research suggests. But whether it is exposure to the pandemic or maternal exposure to the virus itself that may harm early … Read more

COVID Tied to a Profound Impact on Children’s Sleep

During the first year of the pandemic, profound changes in screen use and sleep timing occurred among US adolescents as a result of spending more time using electronic devices, going to bed later, and getting up later compared to before the research indicates. The excessive screen time negatively affected sleep, said lead investigator Orsolya Kiss, … Read more

In Utero COVID Exposure Tied to Developmental Differences

COVID-19 in during pregnancy has been linked to a small but significant effect on infant neurodevelopment, suggests a small-scale analysis that points to the need for further study and monitoring during pregnancy. The study included 24 pregnant women, half of whom had COVID-19 during pregnancy, and their offspring. It showed impairments at 6 weeks of … Read more

Quick Pivot Upheld Schizophrenia Care During COVID

During the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health clinics in the United States successfully upheld the standard of care for patients with schizophrenia using telepsychiatry and long-acting injectable antipsychotics (LAIs), a new survey data show. “Mental health centers rose to the challenge and did what they needed to do for their patients,” study investigator Dawn Velligan, PhD, … Read more

COVID ‘Takes a Backseat’ to Global Events

With two years of COVID-19 in the rearview mirror, anxiety among US adults has turned instead toward global events, results from the annual Healthy Minds Poll from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) show. “It’s not surprising that recent events, such as the war in Ukraine, racially motivated mass shootings, or the impacts of climate change, … Read more

Youth Mental Health Hospitalization Rates Rose in 2020

Mental health hospitalization rates rose for Canadian children and youth between ages 5 and 24 years in 2020, despite a slight decrease in the overall number of hospital visits, according to new data. Hospitalizations for eating disorders increased significantly, rising nearly 60% for girls between ages 10 and 17 years. “One of the key questions … Read more

Adapting a Zero Suicide Approach to Native Communities

Edwina Valdo found herself on the receiving end of a desperate phone call last year on the suicide crisis line at Acoma Pueblo Behavioral Health Services in New Mexico. Valdo, whose regular job is as a grant manager, was filling in because the pandemic had left the facility short-staffed. “I did my best to keep … Read more