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    Mind the Brain: Resilience Building in Uncertain Times

    Dec 16, 2020
    Resilience – it’s what we are all searching for during this season of unprecedented uncertainty. In this week’s episode, Dr. Neill Epperson speaks with Dr. Anne Dondapati Allen to gain her insight on connecting with our inner resilience.
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    Laura Anthony, PhD, Featured on CBS4 (Denver)Opens in a new window

    Nov 16, 2020
    Laura Anthony, PhD, Pediatric Mental Health Institute, says we should expect kids to feel more stress, sadness and grief about the things they’re missing and to watch for signs of distress.
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    Dr. Sharon Hunter Featured on News4Jax: "Pregnant During COVID? Protect Yourself and Your Baby"Opens in a new window

    Dec 10, 2020
    Sharon Hunter, a developmental psychologist at CU Anschutz Medical Campus [and associate professor of psychiatry at CU School of Medicine], said choline is “an important, neurotransmitter-like substance that’s really critical for appropriate fetal brain development.”
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    Dr. Steven Berkowitz Featured on CU Anschutz 360 Podcast | "Fallout from Mental Health Crisis Spawned by COVID-19 Disruption Will Likely Continue for Years"Opens in a new window

    Dec 7, 2020
    Dr. Steven Berkowitz is a psychiatrist specializing in trauma in children and adolescents. He says the pandemic has taken a mental health toll on all of us, especially Generation Z, the young people who lived through 9/11, natural disasters and a rapidly changing climate. The impacts, he says, will far outlast the pandemic.
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    Scripps National News: Jenna Glover, PhD, Explains How the Pandemic is Changing the Holidays for KidsOpens in a new window

    Nov 15, 2020
    The COVID-19 pandemic has ensured that holiday gatherings will look a lot different for many this year, and for some parents, it might be difficult to explain why to their children.
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    Mind the Brain: Vaccine Hesitancy in the Time of COVID-19

    Dec 8, 2020
    In our second episode of the new season, we discuss why some Americans may be hesitant to get COVID-19 vaccines and strategies for effectively addressing concerns related to new vaccines. It is critical that there is high acceptance of the vaccines, given that 70% of the population must receive the vaccination in order to reach herd immunity. Dr. Neill Epperson discusses these various barriers to participation in an insightful conversation with Dr. Chad Morris. A professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Dr. Morris also serves as the director of the Behavioral Health & Wellness Program and the co-director of the interdisciplinary Wellness Leadership Institute. The Behavior Health & Wellness Program is a whole-health program that works across the United States to serve at-risk populations including communities of color, the socioeconomically disadvantaged, individuals with psychiatric illness, those in the criminal justice system and the LGBTQ population among others. The program has spent over 15 years researching and developing various evidence-based guidelines for healthcare and public health agencies to facilitate health systems change that supports wellness practices as a standard of care. The program focuses heavily on research and data collection to ensure that wellness practices are tailored to the unique needs of health disparity populations.
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  • Mind the Brain: Managing During Uncertainty

    Nov 18, 2020
    Please join us as we begin the second series of the Mind the Brain podcast, where our focus will be 'Managing During Uncertainty.' In our first episode, Dr. Neill Epperson is joined by family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Laura McGladrey. Laura is a senior instructor teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Nursing at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Her background is in emergency medicine, humanitarian aid and wilderness medicine. She is currently working as faculty in the UCHealth Emergency Department’s psychiatric consult service and staffs a stabilization unit for the child and adolescent population. She also works to support frontline workers in our national parks, rescue teams, fire, police, emergency medical service workers and educators.
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  • Mind the Brain: The Microbiome and Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19

    Jul 28, 2020
    You’ve probably heard people say that a healthy gut equals a healthy mind. But what does this actually mean and what can we learn from this in the time of COVID-19? According to a survey from the Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about a third of Americans have reported recent symptoms of anxiety and depression since late April 2020. We are obviously experiencing more symptoms of anxiety and depression this year than in past years.
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  • Mind the Brain: What Brain Science Can Teach Us About Adolescent Stress and Resilience

    Jul 22, 2020
    We can all agree that 2020 has been a real mess. The novel coronavirus pandemic has caused immense disruption to our daily routines, social connections, family relationships, working and academic goals, and plans for the future. Disruption in any one of these areas can be stressful. Disruption in multiple areas at once can feel overwhelming.
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    Mind the Brain: Sleep and Stress During COVID-19

    Jul 16, 2020
    During a global pandemic, it comes as no surprise that getting good sleep can feel difficult. Decreased sleep quality and quantity including difficulty falling and staying asleep, sleeping too much, distressing dreams and sometimes nightmares are common during times of stress and the current period of prolonged urgency, uncertainty and heightened work/life demands. The following are concrete suggestions to help improve sleep during this challenging time.
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    Merlin Ariefdjohan newly elected 2020-2021 Secretary, Faculty Senate

    Jul 13, 2020 by Department of Psychiatry
    The School of Medicine Faculty Senate will have two continuing faculty officers and two newly elected officers for the 2020-2021 academic year. Newly elected are Gregary Bocsi, DO, assistant professor of pathology, as president-elect, and Merlin Ariefdjohan, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of psychiatry, as secretary. Continuing faculty officers are Jaime Arruda, MD, associate professor of clinical practice of obstetrics and gynecology, who will be president, and Nicole Draper, MD, associate professor of clinical practice of pathology, who will be past-president. Thanks to all for their leadership.
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    Mind the Brain: Anxiety and Cancer During COVID-19

    Jul 7, 2020
    Fear and anxiety keep us safe from harm – they prevent us from running into the street when a car comes racing toward us, and motivate us to prepare well for a presentation we’re nervous to give. But fear and anxiety can also spiral into uncontrollable worry, endless internet searching, and avoiding valued life activities that connect us with the people we love. How do we harness the positive features of fear and anxiety without becoming trapped by their risks?
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    Mind the Brain: Reversing the Cycle of Depression Through Action

    Jun 30, 2020
    We all know we live in challenging and uncertain times. The Renée Crown Wellness Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder was established with a commitment to the vision of a world in which every young person thrives, supported by the caring relationships and inner resources required for a lifetime of wellness. The last few months have challenged this vision in profound ways. The pandemics of the coronavirus and systemic racism call upon us with urgency to attend to our individual and collective mental health and wellness.
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    Mind the Brain: Child and Adolescent Anxiety in the Time of COVID-19

    Jun 23, 2020
    Anxiety helps us stay vigilant for potential future threats, and the COVID-19 pandemic brings with it significant uncertainty. We certainly expected a spike in reports of anxiety symptoms like worries, fear, irritability, and low mood in the children and adolescents we care for in the clinic and our homes.
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    Mind the Brain: Times are Strange, but Uncertainty is Nothing New: Managing COVID-19 When You or a Loved One Has OCD

    Jun 16, 2020
    These are uncertain times, and uncertainty is familiar territory for people living with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD sufferers have more difficulty tolerating uncertainty and are more likely to feel uncertain in situations where others would not (1, 2). Compulsions are driven by the quest for certainty.
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    Mind the Brain: Feast or Famine - Navigating Food and Body Image During the Pandemic

    Jun 9, 2020
    Have you seen these sorts of social media posts? Society has framed the quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic as a recipe for disaster; being stuck at home, close to snacks with nothing to do but sit around. Weight loss, working out and dieting are being pushed as necessities to help you come out of this pandemic feeling refreshed and renewed. Ideas like these ignore the fact that this is not a vacation, and that while we may have extra time on our hands, it does not mean that we have the bandwidth or the finances to cook, eat healthy or work out regularly. For many of us, our routines—and the feelings of security that go with them—have disappeared, and this can cause a disruption in eating patterns and self-image.
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    Controlling the Chaos: Expert Offers Tips on Shielding Our Minds

    Jun 4, 2020
    “There’s already a kindling that’s saturated with gasoline, and it doesn’t take much to set it off,” Berkowitz said, alluding to the cloud of COVID-19 followed by the uprising against police brutality after the recent death of George Floyd.
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    Extra Choline May Help Pregnant Women Decrease Negative Effects of COVID-19 on Their Newborns

    Jun 4, 2020
    Pregnant women who take extra choline supplements may mitigate the negative impact that viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19, can have on their babies, according to a new study from researchers in the Departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
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    Colorado health experts detail COVID-19 impact on mental health, young people

    Jun 4, 2020
    Children are experiencing more stress as well during this time, said Jason Williams, director of operations of the Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He’s also a professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Channel 7, May 14, 2020
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    Mind the Brain: Motherhood and Mental Health During COVID-19

    May 26, 2020
    Late last year, a collaboration of organizations focused on maternal health made the declaration that 2020 would be the “Year of the Mother.” While this announcement was already timely in many ways, it is unlikely that anyone anticipated what was to come in 2020, and how a global pandemic would impact pregnant and postpartum women.
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