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Mental Health Implications of Remote Work: Navigating the New Normal

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 19, 2024

In the wake of unprecedented global events, remote work has shifted to become much more ‘normal’. Far removed from the traditional office setting, the virtual realm has opened new doors of flexibility and adaptability. While the advantages of remote work are huge, it’s important to consider the mental health implications....

The Intersection of Menopause and Mental Health

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 19, 2024

As with all transitions from one life stage to the next, menopause can impact mental health in a variety of ways. This article looks at how hormonal changes during menopause can influence mood and mental health, as well as outlining some of the treatment options available. What is menopause? Menopause...

Overcoming Childhood Traumatic Grief

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 6, 2024

This article describes the profound impact of early loss or bereavement on a child's developing psyche when combined with traumatic circumstances. It also looks at the lasting repercussions of childhood traumatic grief into adulthood. Suggestions for those seeking support for managing issues around childhood traumatic grief are given at the...

Culture, Mental Health Stigma, and How We Can Tackle It

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 6, 2024

Stigma is when society sees you negatively due to a particular characteristic or attribute. For example, in previous centuries, there was a strong stigma against people with leprosy -- if society knew or noticed you had leprosy, you might be rejected and marginalized. You might need help to maintain relationships,...

Cross-Cultural Approaches to Mental Health: How Does Culture Affect Our Understanding?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 2, 2024

We tend to approach physical and mental health as an objective concept – governed by evidence and science. With medical research, we have identified and classified various mental illnesses, laid out their symptoms, and developed evidence-based treatments. But beneath the surface of this “objective” understanding lies an often overlooked dimension:...

Loneliness in the Digital Age

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 2, 2024

Do you feel lonely? Do you wish you had more deep social connections in your life? If your answer is yes, you’re not alone. Loneliness and social isolation rates have steadily been increasing for decades, and we’re now experiencing what experts have termed a social isolation epidemic. Despite being constantly...

Post-Traumatic Growth: Can We Find Meaning After Pain?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 2, 2024

If you’ve been through something traumatic, you already know how painful it is. After a traumatic event, most people feel terrified and even paralyzed. You might have experienced feelings like despair and helplessness. Trauma survivors often feel their sense of trust in the world is shattered, and they will never...

Trauma and its Link to Chronic Illness

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 2, 2024

This article explains the connection between prolonged trauma exposure and the onset of physical diseases, focusing on the body's stress response. What is prolonged trauma exposure? Prolonged trauma exposure refers to a situation in which an individual is subjected to traumatic events, experiences, or circumstances over an extended period rather...

How Does Hormonal Birth Control Affect Mood and Mental Health?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 29, 2024

How Does Hormonal Birth Control Affect Mood and Mental Health? Many people get mixed information about hormonal birth control and mood. Some people claim they felt depressed while taking hormonal birth control. Others say they started taking hormonal birth control to manage symptoms of PMS-related depression. Hormonal birth control and...

The Mental Health Impacts of Chronic Illness

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 29, 2024

If you live with a chronic illness like migraine, diabetes, or heart disease, then life is already hard enough as it is. The physical symptoms of your disease may affect your day-to-day life in a very real way. But what’s not as commonly discussed is the way these chronic illnesses...

Childhood Bullying and Its Long-Term Psychological Effects

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 29, 2024

Did you ever encounter a bully when you were a child? Going through bullying – whether it’s as the victim, an observer, or the bully – seems almost to be a quintessential experience of childhood. Many of us encountered a bully, in some form or another, during childhood. Being bullied...

Unseen Scars: The Long-Term Impact of Childhood Trauma on Adult Mental Health

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 26, 2024

We don’t know what, exactly, causes mental health issues like depression and anxiety. Why do some people get depressed, for example, while others don’t? Although there is no singular cause of any mental health condition, researchers have found certain factors can put you at higher risk for developing mental health...

From Childhood to Adolescence: The Interplay Between Early Life Trauma and Adolescent Mental Health

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 26, 2024

Childhood is often depicted as a time of innocence – a time in life when we don’t have anything to worry about. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for some – a disturbingly large percentage of children experience trauma during this crucial time. Trauma is your emotional reaction after experiencing something...

The Gig Economy and Mental Health: A Hidden Crisis?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 26, 2024

Have you ever heard of the “gig economy”? Many of the people you see around you every day are gig workers. Rideshare drivers, food delivery workers, house cleaners, and more work “gig to gig,” the number of gig workers is growing daily. Reports show more than a quarter of the...

Trauma’s Role in Triggering Eating Disorders

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 17, 2024

This article explains the relationship between traumatic experiences and eating disorders, including binge eating, anorexia, and bulimia. Social media body image pressures can exacerbate eating disorders, and the process by which this takes place is described, alongside ways to tackle these issues for anyone suffering from difficult eating behaviors and...

The Psychological Impact of Chronic Pain: Strategies for Managing Your Mental Health

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 17, 2024

The Psychological Impact of Chronic Pain: Strategies for Managing Your Mental Health If you live with chronic pain, then you already know firsthand how it can significantly affect your mental health. People who experience chronic pain, no matter the cause, are much more likely to also live with mental health...

Imposter Syndrome: The Silent Struggle of High Achievers

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 17, 2024

Have you ever felt like you’re somehow “tricking” everyone around you into believing you’re competent? You might feel like, any day now, you’ll be uncovered for the fraud you are. Everyone will realize you don’t deserve any of your accomplishments – that you’ve simply skated by on luck. These feelings...

Job Security and Its Psychological Implications: The Impact on Mental Health

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 15, 2024

Have you ever been laid off from a job or worried you would be? You probably went through a lot of emotions, like fear, anxiety about your financial future, and maybe even feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness. You’re not alone: Almost all of us feel that way when our job...

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