May 19, 2020

Psychology of a Pandemic

May is Mental Health Awareness month, so Maria and Julio discuss the psychological and emotional toll of living through a global pandemic. They are joined by Dr. Patrice Harris, child and adolescent psychiatrist and president of the American Medical Association, and Bethany Ao, a mental health reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer. ITT Staff Picks: - In her latest for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Bethany Ao writes about the psychology behind why it is hard for us to accept a pandemic. - The Washington Post reports that nearly half of Americans say the coronavirus crisis is harming their mental health, and experts warn a historic wave of mental-health problems is approaching. - From The New York Times: Before the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare workers were already vulnerable to PTSD and burnout. Now mental health experts are seeing increased rates of trauma, anxiety, depression and insomnia from these frontline workers who've treated COVID-19.   

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