COVID-19: Too Much Time to Think

Slights, mistakes, embarrassments, accidents, catastrophes. Are these things flooding your mind? Is your self-esteem in the toilet? Have you stopped to ask yourself why?

Here’s the reason — COVID-19 is doing a number on our brain.

Pre-COVID, we had a million distractions. It was safe to roam the earth. You could go to a store for a little shopping without fearing for your life. You could venture out to a restaurant and have a meal cooked for you. Heck, you could even take your kid to a drama class, which is now being taught via ZOOM meetings.

Since March of 2020, there are just fewer things to do to take out mind off our misery. Our former foibles bubble up like sewage.  We sit in our living rooms and ruminate about the past.  

Like the time the large cocktail meatball dropped off the toothpick and onto my silk blouse at my husband’s recognition dinner for his 25 years of service on the job.  

All those country club parties I was never invited to. The attendees posted the pictures on Facebook. Everyone there looked so happy and sane. No one was wearing a mask. 

The night my psychiatrist of 20 years retired, and I went to the retirement dinner. One of the organizers of the party approached me and asked me if I “was the patient?” She didn’t use my name; she just said “Are you the patient?”  

Not liking to be identified as “the patient,” I said “No.”  

“Well, who are you?” she asked.  

“I’m a friend.”  

It didn’t stop there. The organizer brought my psychiatrist’s children over to question me more.  

“How long have you known my father?” the daughter asked.  

“20 years,” I said. Then, knowing I couldn’t keep up the charade, I said, “I’m the patient.” Talk

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How to make the most of your child’s telehealth visit – Harvard Health Blog

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, telehealth visits with doctors have been on the rise — and for many reasons, they are likely to be part of medical care for the foreseeable future.

While they aren’t the same as an in-person visit, I’ve found as a pediatrician that telehealth visits can be very useful. I can accomplish more than I would have expected while my patients can stay in the safety and convenience of their own homes (or wherever they are — I have done some where the patient was in a car or playing outside).

As I’ve done more and more of these visits, I’ve found that there are things parents can do to make the most of telehealth. Below are some helpful tips.

Handling software, lighting, and logging on

  • Make sure you have downloaded the software ahead of time and know how to use it. Avail yourself of any technical information and support your doctor’s office has to offer. A laptop or tablet allows for a broader view than a cell phone, if possible.
  • Sit somewhere with a strong internet connection that is quiet with good lighting. It’s not going to be the best visit if you can’t see or hear each other.
  • Log on at least five to 10 minutes before the visit, in case there are any technical problems. If your doctor is ready early, you might even be able to start early. It’s also important to be on time, because it’s harder for doctors to run late with video visits, so you may end up with a shorter visit if you are late.

Steps to help you and your child get the most from each telehealth visit

  • Be prepared for the visit. Know what you want to cover. Have any medications handy so that you can
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Religion’s Role in Mental Illness Treatment

Tune in for a deep discussion on religion and severe mental illness, including Rachel’s 3-day exorcism experience at age 17.

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Guest Information for ‘Rachel Star Wither- Religion Mental Illness’ Podcast Episode

Rachel Star Withers is the host of the Inside Schizophrenia podcast, and a mental health advocate who lives with schizophrenia. She creates comedic and mental health videos and has appeared in numerous TV shows.





About The Not Crazy Podcast Hosts

Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar disorder. He is the author of the popular book, Mental Illness is an Asshole and other Observations, available from Amazon; signed copies are also available directly from Gabe Howard. To learn more, please visit his website,





Lisa is the producer of the Psych Central podcast, Not Crazy. She is the recipient of The National Alliance on Mental Illness’s “Above and Beyond” award, has worked extensively with the Ohio Peer Supporter Certification program, and is a workplace suicide prevention trainer. Lisa has battled depression her entire life and has worked alongside Gabe in mental health advocacy for over a decade. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband; enjoys international travel; and orders 12 pairs of shoes online, picks the best one, and sends the other 11 back.



Computer Generated Transcript for “Rachel Star Wither- Religion Mental IllnessEpisode

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Lisa: You’re listening to Not Crazy, a psych central podcast hosted by my ex-husband, who has bipolar disorder. Together, we created the mental health podcast for people who hate mental health podcasts.

Gabe: Hello,

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When lockdown is not actually safer: Intimate partner violence during COVID-19 – Harvard Health Blog

The first thing that came to mind when I heard about COVID restrictions and mitigation strategies was how exceptionally dangerous this time could be for women living with abusive partners. “Self-isolate,” “stay at home,” “practice social distancing,” and “recession” are all words likely to be terrifying to many women who are living with intimate partner violence (IPV). The lives of these women are often filled with fear and danger under normal circumstances, but during this new normal of the global pandemic, the lives of these very often “invisible victims” are at an increased risk for more violence — and even murder.

Prior to the COVID pandemic, epidemiological estimates showed that nearly one in three women experience IPV, and approximately one in four women experience severe IPV. Other data show that nearly half of all female homicides are from a current or past male intimate partner. Although these numbers are already unacceptably high, historical data show increases in rates of IPV during pandemics and times of economic crisis. Other data show that domestic violence tends to increase when families spend more time together, such as over the holidays.

COVID restrictions have caused a spike in IPV

Unfortunately, the realities of COVID-19 and its restrictions have indeed caused a perfect storm for women experiencing IPV. First, there have been numerous media reports indicating huge spikes in calls to IPV hotlines, sometimes doubling and tripling the typical number of requests for help, after stay-in-place orders were mandated.

Second, reports have indicated frightening increases in femicide from IPV. The UK has reported femicide rates higher than they have been in the past 11 years, double the average for a 21-day period. Mexico has reported an 8% increase in femicides, with nearly 1,000 women murdered in the first three months of the year. These

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