Psych Matters Blog

April is Autism Awareness Month

By: Emery Mahoney, PhD. | April 8, 2020

In 1970, the Autism Society launched an ongoing nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and assure that all affected by autism are able to achieve the highest quality of life possible. We interviewed Emery Mahoney, PhD, who is heading up the Banner-University Medical Center South's Child and Adolescent Autism Assessment Clinic to learn more about autism spectrum disorder.

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Helping Children Cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic

By: Jessie Rice, M.D. | March 24, 2020

The uncertainties of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) have disrupted our routines, especially for children. Children thrive on routine and predictability; this time of change may be especially trying for them. Here are tips on how to talk with your children and help them cope.

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Coronavirus: Managing Mental Health

By: Kathryn Ann Emerick, MD | March 19, 2020

As we all navigate this confusing and changing new normal, one of the questions for healthcare workers becomes - how do I take care of myself? I know I need to stay home when I’m sick, I know I need to wash my hands and use PPE, but how do I manage the ongoing anxiety that uncertainty, risk and constant change bring?

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It’s Sleep Awareness Week – Are you Getting Good ZZZs?

By: Denise Rodriguez Esquivel, PhD | March 9, 2020

While good sleep is associated with improved mood and functioning, it is also associated with reduced relapse into depression, anxiety, bipolar episodes, and substance use. If you are concerned about mental health, thinking about ways to improve your sleep should be part of the picture.

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February is Heart Health Awareness Month

By: Richard D. Lane, MD, PhD | February 14, 2020

Cardiovascular disease and mental illness are among the top contributors to death and disability in the United States. This makes monitoring a heart patient’s mental health just as important as treating their physical condition. Dr. Lane shares with us how a cardiovascular diagnosis can affect us, our loved ones, and how to cope with a diagnosis in a healthy way.

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