Op-Ed: Is Climate anxiety bad for the planet? is a provocative commentary that advocates for reframing, as APA calls it, “eco-anxiety.” From the article: ,,,the term runs the risk of pathologizing and depoliticizing the problem, making it solely a mental health concern rather than a systemic problem rooted in economic, historical and social structures. Assuaging individuals’ climate anxiety without challenging these systems only

Climate Change Threats to Our Sleep

Climate Change Threats to Our Sleep

Dr. Michael DeSanctis, PhD, LP, ABPP, DBSM   June 2021 I was moved to write this blog out of my concern for the rapid and continuing transformations in our global climate and the impact of the changing physical environment on human wellness, sleep and other recurring and necessary life processes. Environmental scientists have measured increases in global temperature that are reaching unprecedented levels relative to 30-year averages for given locales. I can offer my perspective as a mental health clinician and long-time observer of weather and climate, having studied the hypothesized correlation of daily meteorological variables with measured mood and reaction

MHConcierge posts for 5-27-21: Local resources and innovators

U of MN psychologist Rochelle Moen, PhD, LP is interviewed about psychological and social challenges of post-COVID reintegration, offers tips for adjusting. Many are feeling cautious, or even anxious, about not wearing a mask and having more contact with others.  Dr. Moen offers tips for when to push adjustment vs “go slow,” “progressive exposure” to change, evaluating the accuracy of concerns/anxieties, and more.  From:  MinnPost.com’s mental health beat. When families are engaged in medical primary care, outcomes improve and medical providers benefit, too.  This commentary provides reviews several models for providing integrative, or as MHConcierge prefers, interprofessional, services.  It also