Podcast: Celebrating a COVID Christmas

We’ve made it to the end of 2020! From polarizing politics to raging fires to COVID-19, it’s been a real doozy. And now the holidays… Do we celebrate with loved ones and risk COVID or take a pass? What are the risks?

In today’s show, our guest Dr. John Grohol, founder of Psych Central, explains how this isn’t going to be our regular holiday season and that’s okay: We can easily make lemonade out of lemons.

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Guest information for ‘Dr. John Grohol- COVID Christmas’ Podcast Episode

John M. Grohol, Psy.D. is a pioneer in online mental health and psychology. Recognizing the educational and social potential of the Internet, he founded Psych Central in 1995 as one of the first mental health and psychology sites that offered information about the symptoms and treatments of mental disorders, including interactive screening quizzes and self-help tools. Dr. Grohol transformed the way people could access mental health and psychology resources online, and his leadership has helped to break down the barriers of stigma often associated with mental health concerns, bringing trusted resources and support communities to the Internet.

He has worked tirelessly as a patient advocate to improve the quality of information available for mental health patients, highlighting quality mental health resources, and building safe, private support communities and social networks in numerous health topics.

Dr. Grohol has a Master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University and sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior. He is a founding board member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, and is the author of The Insider’s Guide to Mental Health Resources Online (Guilford).

 

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