Podcast: Lazy, Crazy, and Disgusting

What is stigma? And how does it affect a person’s mental health and quality of life? In today’s Psych Central Podcast, Gabe talks with anthropologists Alex Brewis and Amber Wutich about the deeply dehumanizing impact of stigma in society. Whether it’s your mental health diagnosis, your neighborhood, your race or your inability to meet society’s standards in some way, stigma is alive and well in today’s world. People even tend to stigmatize themselves, intensifying their suffering. 

Why are people so quick to stigmatize? And how does stigma affect mental health treatment? Tune into the show for an in-depth look at how humans tend to label others (and themselves) — often without even thinking about it.


Guest information for ‘Alex Brewis & Amber Wutich – Lazy, Crazy, and Disgusting’ Podcast Episode

Alexandra Brewis (Slade) is a President’s Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Global Health at ASU.

Trained as an anthropologist, Alex’s scholarship is currently focused on how stigma, poverty, gender and other forms of social and economic exclusion and marginalization shape our health and human biology. With a long career of leading mixed-method community-based field research at multiple sites across the globe, much of her current research brings together large and diverse teams, addressing such challenges as water insecurityimproving development project design and monitoring, and properly tailored anti-obesity efforts. 

At ASU, Brewis Slade teaches global health and anthropology. She is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellow and currently serves as president of the Human Biology Association. As an administrator at ASU, she founded the Center for Global Health in 2006 and served as Director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change (2010-2017) and Associate Vice President for Social Sciences (2014-2017). She currently serves as President

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The doctor will “see” you now: Teledermatology in the era of COVID-19 – Harvard Health Blog

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed healthcare delivery across the world. Headlines about shortages of lifesaving resources and personal protective equipment have dominated our attention. But patients and doctors are also facing quieter challenges. Social distancing measures and concerns about transmission of the virus have significantly reduced the number of patients coming into hospitals and doctors’ offices for non-COVID-related health concerns — sometimes at a significant detriment to their health — due to delays in diagnosis or treatment.

In response, hospitals and clinics are increasingly turning to telemedicine — appointments by phone call or videoconference — as a way to safely treat patients during this public health crisis. And telemedicine visits are increasingly being covered by insurance. Dermatology is one of many medical specialties now “seeing” their patients virtually.

Dermatology is well suited to telemedicine

Dermatology is a highly visual field that is particularly well-suited for telemedicine in the current era where smartphones, tablets, and laptops are nearly ubiquitous, and can be easily used to take and send photos or to teleconference in real time. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, studies found that teledermatology diagnoses can be accurate, result in high patient satisfaction, and allow for better access to dermatologists in areas where their numbers are limited or wait times are high.

Put your best face forward

Poor image quality can reduce the usefulness of teledermatology, but there are steps you can take to make these visits more productive.

For a start, try to send photos to your dermatologist ahead of your visit, even if your telemedicine visit will be conducted through real-time videoconferencing. Videoconferencing relies heavily on internet connectivity, bandwidth, and video quality (of both the physician and the patient), which can significantly impact image quality.

When taking photos, choose a solid, nonreflective background with diffuse, fluorescent lighting. Use macro

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