Mental Health

Coping with the coronavirus pandemic for people with anxiety disorders

John Sharp, MD


The coronavirus pandemic causing COVID-19 understandably makes most people feel anxious. Coping with the challenges is even more difficult for the many people who have a pre-existing anxiety disorder.

Apps to keep us connected in a time of social distancing

The challenge of being isolated from loved ones and friends can be eased by using any of several different apps that enable various types of communication, including video calls and messages.

Opportunities for growth: Transitions for youth with autism spectrum disorder

Robyn Thom, MD


For young people with autism spectrum disorder, the transition from adolescence to adulthood is marked by changes in many areas of their lives. Healthcare providers and caregivers can make this transition smoother and help their patients meet these challenges.

Is there any good news about the coronavirus pandemic?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the daily flood of news about the coronavirus and COVID-19. Here’s some positive news and reasons to feel optimism.

What works best for treating depression and anxiety in dementia?

There is evidence that antidepressants are not effective in older people with dementia. Emerging research suggests that nondrug, psychosocial interventions are the most effective treatments for depression or anxiety in older adults with cognitive impairment.

How to not practice emotional distancing during social distancing

John Sharp, MD


While COVID-19 brings normal life to a temporary halt as we practice social distancing, it helps to double-down on deepening social bonds and practicing kindness and gratitude, not emotional distancing.

Coping with coronavirus anxiety

John Sharp, MD


Anxiety about the new coronavirus is understandable. But there are actions you can take –– or avoid –– to help you cope with anxious feelings and choices you can make to help yourself and others.

How to talk to children about the coronavirus

Wondering how to talk to your children about the coronavirus? Here’s how to prepare for questions they might ask and how you can respond.

Puffing away sadness

The nicotine in cigarettes stimulates the nervous system, resulting in a mood boost. But does this mean that smokers will reach for a cigarette when they are feeling sad? Researchers found that sad feelings may cause some people to smoke.

Can light therapies help with bipolar disorder?

One approach to treating bipolar disorders is manipulation of the body’s circadian rhythms. A recent review of research found that such therapies may help, often in combination with medications and psychotherapy.