How Did COVID Affect Mental Health?
As the COVID pandemic continues to ravage the United States, healthcare professionals are beginning to grapple with a new and unexpected problem: the mental health of their patients. According to a recent study, depression rates have increased significantly in the past year, with nearly one in four adults experiencing an episode of major depression. And while depression is certainly the most common mental health concern associated with COVID, it is by no means the only one. Anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, substance abuse and addiction are all on the rise as well.
Healthcare entrepreneur, Dena Bravata, joins CareTalk to discuss how COVID is affecting mental health in the U.S. and why we need to address this problem head-on before it spirals out of control.
(1:09) What is behavioral health?
(1:55) How does COVID affect mental health?
(3:10) The cost of mental health care
(4:19) COVID mental health statistics
(05:59) Is addiction a mental health issue?
(07:20) Digital therapeutics. What are they? Can they help?
(10:45) How to choose the right mental health therapy
(14:33) Telehealth for mental health
(17:55) Children’s mental health
(19:40) Cannabis and mental health
(21:15) Mental health stigmas and how to overcome them
(24:23) Ways to improve mental health
CareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare system. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (CEO, CareCentrix) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy.
ABOUT DENA BRAVATA
Dr. Bravata is the co-founder of Lyra Health where she also served as the Chief Medical Officer from 2015 to 2016. She was the Chief Medical Officer and Head of Products at Castlight Health from 2009 through 2014. Dr. Bravata was a practicing internist for 16 years in her own private practice and as an attending physician at Stanford University and the Palo Alto VA. As a senior research scientist in Stanford’s Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research and a nationally recognized health services researcher, Dr. Bravata has published widely on the clinical effectiveness of a variety of key clinical and public health topics.
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