Music Tied to Improved Mood, Less Stress During Times of Crisis

Regularly listening to music during times of crisis can significantly improve mood and relieve stress, new research suggests. In a cohort study of more than 700 adults, music listening during the COVID-19 pandemic was “prospectively associated” with lower momentary stress levels, better mood levels, and calmness–music perceived as “happy” was especially beneficial. The study corroborates … Read more

Which Patients Are at Risk for Depression During Pandemic?

A history of depression was “strongly” linked to having depression in the fall of 2020, data suggest. In an adjusted analysis of more than 22,000 participants in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), patients with a history of depression were 3.79 times more likely to have depression during the pandemic, compared with those with … Read more

Local-Level Youth Suicides Reflect Mental Health Care Shortages

Rates of youth suicides at the county level increased as mental health professional shortages increased, based on data from more than 5,000 youth suicides across all counties in the United States. Suicide remains the second leading cause of death among adolescents in the United States, and shortages of pediatric mental health providers are well known, … Read more

The Importance of the Need for Hope

After the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City, the search and rescue response included specially trained cadaver dogs. Their job was to help detect and retrieve the missing. With each discovery, the dogs initial excitement quickly vanished, and the person was found to not have survived the incident. Hours turned into days of pulling human remains … Read more

Suicide Notes Are ‘Unique Window’ Into Motives, Risks in the Elderly

Suicide notes left by elderly people provide a unique opportunity to better understand and prevent suicide in this often vulnerable population. A new analysis of notes penned by seniors who died by suicide reveals several common themes. These include feeling as if they were a burden, feelings of guilt, experiencing mental illness, loneliness, or isolation, … Read more

What Role Does Loneliness Play in Diabetes Risk?

Our individual and collective COVID experiences, now about 2 years old and counting, will undoubtedly register as one of those global events that transformed lives and outlooks. My grandparents talked about the Depression, my parents World War II, and contemporary physicians and most contemporary Americans probably will convey memories of 9/11 and COVID to our … Read more