Source: Natasha Hall/Unsplash For the first time since the pandemic began a year ago, there seems to be an emerging sense of hope. Some metrics show positive signs: There have been more than 165 million vaccine doses administered in the United States , a steady decline of deaths nationwide since January, and a gradual reopening of some sectors of the economy. In my conversations with educators and administrators around the country, however, I’ve found that whatever guarded optimism exists is eclipsed by the anger , frustration, and concern that they have felt since the start of the crisis. Young people were inundated with difficult news of illness, death, economic woes, and systemic racism , while others experienced first-hand grief , food scarcity, and trauma . In addition, the uneven nature of school reopenings and access to virtual education has led to some students becoming more isolated and falling behind much more than others. For educators, the anxiety … [Read more...] about Optimism: The Other Stimulus Schools Need to Reopen
Source: Unsplash At the beginning of the pandemic, life began shifting in ways that the majority of people could have never anticipated. Now, several months into a global quarantine, debates have arisen around the re-opening of everyday life. At the same time, the need for mental health services has become an increasingly pressing issue, as the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the resulting social isolation and overwhelming uncertainty, have all led to significant spikes in mental health issues like anxiety , depression , traumatic stress , and more (Torales, et al., 2020). To battle this increasing need, telehealth options like Zoom, Facetime, texting and email, or therapy apps like Better Help have become more and more available to try and connect people to the necessary mental health treatment (Zhou, et al., 2020). Still, clients and counselors may be itching to return to face-to-face therapy for any number of reasons; clients or counselors might be battling … [Read more...] about Counseling After COVID-19: What Should Providers Do?
By Marla Munro and Kathleen Bogart Globally, there are more than 300 million people who have one of the 7,000 known rare diseases (Nguengang Wakap et al., 2020). In the United States, any disease affecting fewer than 200,000 people per year is considered rare . People with rare diseases experience many of the same challenges who those with more common chronic illnesses deal with, but they also face additional barriers and stigma due to how rare their conditions are. Some of these unique challenges include having significantly delayed diagnosis (averaging seven to nine years), receiving multiple misdiagnoses, and lacking access to information about or treatments for their conditions (von der Lippe et al., 2017; Zhu et al., 2017). People with rare diseases often face social and psychological challenges, such as isolation because they do not know anyone with their disease (Anderson et al., 2019; Bryson et al., 2021) and a higher risk of anxiety and depression (Bogart & … [Read more...] about Why Is the Stigma of Rare Disease So Common?
“I am a 24-year-old dating a 41-year old. Best relationship ever. He's not needy or insecure. We've been dating for 9 months and still in the honeymoon stage, which just keeps getting better.” —Esther “I'm 42. I recently met a guy who was 26 and we had such incredible chemistry. This attraction was surprising to me because I am married to a 48-year old man.” —Jane “I have always been attracted to older men; the age gap is good for me, as it keeps me younger.” —Omer The derogatory term “cougars” refers to women trying to seduce young men. Conversely, young women marrying older men are often termed “gold-diggers.” Why does society criticize women for being in relationships with large age gaps? What the Research Says “Sexually? Younger guys are better (23 is the Goldilocks in my experience!) Relationship? Same age as me or slightly older.” —Mary “I'm a polyamorous woman. It seems that poly-men are more likely to approach much younger women. I’m 32, my husband … [Read more...] about Why Women in Couples with Large Age Gaps Face So Much Criticism
Home News News oi-Luna Dewan By Luna Dewan on October 23, 2017 A cup of tea early in morning is something that might give you the kick to start off your day. But have you ever heard one drinking wine to begin the day? Well, this might soon be true. A team of five researchers from Tocklai Tea Research Institute in Assam have developed wine from tea and is believed to be extremely healthy. The scientists from the department of Mycology and Micro-Biology from the premiere institute have developed three varieties of tea wine - CTC wine, Orthodox wine and Green tea wine. After launching the tea wine officially during Tocklai Tea Research Association (TRA) annual general meeting, the Institute's Director, Dr Anup Kumar Baruah announced that the tea wine from the three varieties of tea so far is in the pipeline to go commercial. Dr Prasanta Dutta, the scientist who led the team, said work was in process since the last … [Read more...] about Scientists Develop Tea Wine That Helps Prevent These Diseases