Calls to U.S. Mental Health Crisis Hotline Up 891% During Pandemic

In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, many people are focused on identifying the symptoms of COVID-19 — and rightfully so. But in the process of doing so, we may overlook some of the crucial signs of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. Whether or not we realize it, the isolation, financial insecurity and uncertainty of pandemic can take …

Michael Phelps Opens Up About Mental Health Struggles During the Pandemic

We first got to know swimmer Michael Phelps — the most decorated Olympian of all time — as an extraordinary athlete. But since retiring from the sport in 2016, he has used his platform to talk about mental health; specifically, what it’s like to live with depression and anxiety. Now, in the midst of the global coronavirus outbreak, Phelps is …

Is Smoking Weed Reducing or Increasing My Social Anxiety?

I can rationalize smoking marijuana in many ways. It helps with writer’s block, boosts my libido, settles my stomach, and helps curb my boozing. But there is only one way I can justify smoking it before, say, walking into my 3-year-old’s playdate or ballet class: Weed helps with my (self-diagnosed) social anxiety disorder—or so I tell myself. There are other …

What Is PTSD? The Symptoms, Causes and Treatments You Need to Know About

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after a person has experienced a highly traumatic event. Though PTSD is most closely associated with combat veterans and participating in a war, there are several other situations that could result in PTSD, including experiencing or witnessing a crime, natural disaster, serious accident, mass shooting, assault, or terrorist …

Latest Coronavirus Study on Mental Health Reveals What’s Giving Americans the Most Anxiety

During the coronavirus global pandemic, only one thing is completely clear: there’s so much uncertainty about everything. From the science behind understanding the virus, to our medical resources and personnel being stretched incredibly thin, to the economic impact of the outbreak, there’s still a lot we don’t know — and that’s making us anxious. In fact, a recent study found …

What Is Anxiety? The Symptoms, Types, Causes and Treatments You Need to Know About

Though everyone feels anxious from time to time, an anxiety disorder is something else completely. Anxiety is our body’s response to stress, but for someone with an anxiety disorder, their nervousness, fears and worrying don’t go away once a situation has passed. In fact, a person’s anxiety symptoms can get to the point of interrupting their daily lives. Approximately 40 …

What Is Bipolar Disorder? The Symptoms, Types, Causes and Treatments You Need to Know About

Bipolar disorder — previously known as manic depressive disorder or manic depression — is a mental illness marked by dramatic shifts in mood, energy levels, and concentration. Though most people experience highs and lows every day, those living with bipolar disorder go through periods of extreme elation and energy (known as mania), as well as intense bouts of depression that …

How Kevin Love Is Handling His Coronavirus-Related Anxiety

For people living with anxiety — like NBA player Kevin Love — spending weeks in quarantine thanks to the coronavirus outbreak has been a major challenge. As one of the 40 million American adults who live with some form of anxiety, Love is once again speaking out about the importance of destigmatizing mental health. Fortunately, as the Cleveland Cavalier told …

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Opens Up About Mental Health & Relationship Challenges During Pandemic

Life during the coronavirus outbreak and quarantine hasn’t been easy on anyone — including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who has previously opened up about living with depression. In a recent Instagram video, the professional-wrestler-turned-actor discussed his own mental health, as well as how the quarantine is impacting his relationship with his wife, Lauren Hashian. Specifically, he talked about how anxiety …

How to Cope with Bipolar Disorder During the Coronavirus Outbreak

The global coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything we’ve experienced in our lifetime. Everything — from our daily routines, to our financial situation, to our mental health — is affected. But for those living with bipolar disorder, our current reality presents additional challenges. Here’s what you need to know about how to cope with bipolar disorder during the coronavirus outbreak. Bipolar …