Air Pollution and Depression: Understanding the mechanisms behind the connection
As seen in Psychology Today. Air pollution is a major problem throughout the world. There is a wide range of pollutants to which people can be exposed. Some chemicals, like those released in chemical spills or industrial fires, cause acute discomfort and illness even in relatively low concentrations. Other pollutants—like carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen dioxide […]
Encephalitis Lethargica and Long COVID: Repeated history and stigma around mental health.
As seen in Psychology Today. The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn comparisons to the 1918 influenza pandemic. Both pandemics spread globally with remarkable speed, and their acute phases led to millions of deaths. What might come as a surprise is that a second pandemic emerged roughly at the same time and lasted for over a decade before disappearing […]
Let There Be Light: How Light Therapy Can Treat Depression and SAD
As seen in Psychology Today. Many individuals struggle with low mood and lack of motivation during the late-autumn and winter months. For some, these symptoms may be indistinguishable from depression. When this happens, the condition is known as seasonal depression or seasonal affective disorder (appropriately named SAD). One may think that the reasons why these […]