World of Psychology


Are You Experiencing Quarantine Brain?

Another term is being added to the lexicon in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic: quarantine brain. It takes many forms, from confusion and fogginess to limited executive functioning. Those who fall prey to it may find themselves unable to complete tasks, manage their time and routine, and make sound decisions. This occurs even if the person has no prior history with attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Some report a lack of motivation to get out of bed, let alone engage in their daily activities. What helps them is knowing that their boss, teachers, and family are counting on them to launch themselves into their day.
Psychology Around the Net

Psychology Around the Net: May 16, 2020

I remember back when the coronavirus pandemic was first sweeping the world; it hadn't yet hit America with full force, states hadn't yet started issuing state-at-home orders, and most people hadn't yet started working from home. Back then, I thought I could keep Psychology Around the Net fairly coronavirus free -- after all, Psych Central's contributors were and still are doing a fantastic job of handling the subject.


Using Quarantine to Reflect On Values, Worth & Life

With many of us at home, it's time to let our lives catch up to us and envision a new future.

The unbridled spread of COVID-19 has caused all but essential service providers to drop what we were doing and settle in at home. This forced slowdown is very uncomfortable for most.

Notwithstanding the stress we increasingly feel about our financial security, for many of us, our mental health is maintained by our participation in meaningful work. Without that work to direct our attention, effort, and even passion towards, we are left floundering to find stability and juggling myriad possibilities with indecisiveness.

Children and Teens

Five Positive Lessons COVID-19 Can Teach Our Children

As schools begin to discuss the parameters and possibilities of safely reopening in the Fall, one question burns on the mind of every parent, “What has or will this experience do to my child psychologically?” 

It’s true that the extreme measures that have been taken and the dire circumstances of COVID-19 have left an impression of which we have yet to see the full effects. Depending on children’s ages, their experience ranges from very little awareness to total and complete cognitive dissonance of what they thought their senior year, for instance, would look like. 

Why Can’t I Just Love My Body? 

Clients frequently come to me with negative thoughts and feelings around their body and want to work on their body image issues. They want to get to a place of loving their body and feeling good in their body. Or at the very least, they want less of the self-critical noise in their heads and more body acceptance. 

Here’s What Loneliness Can Do to You During COVID-19

“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Loneliness is never easy to endure, yet during times of mandatory social isolation and distancing, such as millions of Americans are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be particularly damaging. Among its many effects, loneliness can exacerbate and bring upon a host of mental and physical conditions.

Asserting Yourself During Coronavirus — and Beyond

Coronavirus has challenged us on many levels: physical, emotional, financial -- and the list goes on. A common personal issue through all of these challenges is how to go about maintaining one’s own boundaries. 

Asserting ourselves can be challenging in and of itself, but it’s even more confusing in our current environment. In fact, even our government officials are in disagreement about how to lift stay-at-home orders while also reopening businesses and schools.
Anxiety and Panic

The Coronavirus Outbreak is Overwhelming to People’s Mental Health

With the novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020 raging across the world with little end in sight, people's mental health is starting to become seriously impacted. There's no easy way to say this -- people are struggling right now.

Stay-at-home orders, while invaluable and helping from a public health perspective, are taking their toll on people's emotional state. And if you were already vulnerable due to a mental illness diagnosis or concern you were grappling with, the outbreak of COVID-19 has only made things worse.


Why We Miss Those Public Places that Were Our Homes Away from Home

Millions of people all around the world are spending more time at home for the best possible reason -- together, we are saving lives. But there are so many things we miss.

We miss the people we no longer get to see in person, the people we can’t hug anymore. We miss sports and shopping and traveling. Many who used to work in a place other than home even miss that. But that’s not all.