Loneliness at work is often affected by other aspects of an employee’s daily experience, and perhaps no factor matters more than workplace stress and burnout. The relationship between burnout and loneliness is a reciprocal one. Burnout can lead to increased feelings of loneliness. When people feel overwhelmed, exhausted and dehumanized, it heightens their risk for isolation. Loneliness, too, can exacerbate burnout, by decreasing one's capacity for resilience. It is critical for those experiencing loneliness at work to understand workplace burnout, and vice versa, to best navigate the workplace experience in a healthy, connected, and low-stress way. In recent years, social psychologists, organizational behaviorists, and human resource personnel have noted a significant increase in the chronic and debilitating state of work-related stress known as burnout syndrome. And burnout seems to be increasing. Two-thirds of full-time workers say they experience burnout on the job and … [Read more...] about Workplace Burnout and Loneliness: What You Need to Know
How physical health can affect mental health
Source: mohamed_hassan/pixabay geralt/pixabay Our access to the news is at an all time high. Radio, TV and newspapers are supplemented by streaming content on our portable digital devices, enabling us to catch up on the latest information in the blink of an eye. But as hyper-partisan, sensationalized and negative programming become the norm, news can leave us angry, anxious, and generally stressed, pushing us into thought patterns that undermine our physical and our mental health. And while the news has its upsides, it’s increasingly clear that we need to weigh them against these psychological costs. There are many arguments in favor of news consumption (e.g. it’s a cheap source of entertainment). Still, the primary defense of news boils down to one key point: we need it to stay informed. But what does this actually mean, and why does it matter? As it relates to the news, being informed implies some level of knowledge of local, national and international events. In … [Read more...] about News: Are We Getting Informed or Just Getting Upset?
Goitre, from Charcot JM, Richer P. Les difformes et les malades dans l’art (1889). “What's in a name? That which we call a rose -- William Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet, Act II, Scene II) “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.” -- Gertrude Stein, Sacred Emily Psychiatrists around the world have recently organized around an effort to reclassify the major categories of psychiatric medications based on a new four-part multiaxial system for individual medications to include a drug’s mechanism of action, approved indications, a summary of efficacy for both on- and off-label indications along with side effects, and a description of neurobiology.1 This effort is based on the idea that our existing names for medications – antidepressants, anxiolytics, antipsychotics – are at best misleading such that an update based on the current state of knowledge and clinical use is long overdue. Indeed, things were seemingly much simpler 20 years ago. If someone … [Read more...] about Rebranding Psychiatry: Euphemisms, Stigma, and Progress
Source: Shine In Your Crazy Diamond//Flicker Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) contribute to many deaths each year, and can lead to the development of secondary mental health problems. The Centre for Disease Control has reported that approximately 1.7 million TBIs occur every year, and individuals with a TBI commonly suffer cognitive impairments and developmental delays. The Trauma & Mental Health Report recently spoke with Tricia Williams, a clinical neuropsychologist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, who works with children who have different forms of TBI. Williams explained how to improve child development and mental health for individuals coping with a TBI. Q: What are the most common injuries that lead to the development of a TBI? A: A TBI is caused when an external mechanical force, such as a blow to the head or a concussive force causes harm to the head or body. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of … [Read more...] about Coping With Traumatic Brain Injury
Source: doble-d/iStockphoto Glued to screens on cellphones, tablets, laptops, and TVs, average American kids now use electronic media about 9 hours a day. Exposure to unhealthy TV, movies, music, and Internet content during childhood is linked to many detrimental health and behavioral consequences such as aggression, sexualization, anxiety, depression, obesity, drug use, and sleep disorders. Smartphones allow kids to carry the Internet with them and make it possible to see and hear almost anything, anytime, and from anyone, including images, videos, TV shows, music, and movies. Smartphones also permit 24/7 communications with peers and strangers. And isn’t it frustrating when kids won’t engage in conversation or look up from their phones when you’re trying to talk to them? Source: monkeybusinessimages/iStockphoto But these issues are the tip of the iceberg of concerns about youth using smartphones. Cyberbullying (bullying using phones or Internet) … [Read more...] about Kids Using Smartphones