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Loneliness and Social Isolation

A COVID-19 vaccine: It’s about more than physical health

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The physical threat of COVID-19 is clear, which is why many Americans have spent the better part of a year quarantining and social distancing.

With time, it has also become evident that the pandemic is having another serious health effect: mental health challenges.

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Managing loneliness during the holidays and beyond

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The holidays are upon us, and the irony they bring is the potential for isolation and loneliness.

Holidays’ essential identity is getting together with loved ones, but some people do not feel as connected as they would like or expect. In 2020, add COVID-19 and its quarantining dictates, and the potential for such feelings can strengthen.

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COVID-19 isolation: You’re not alone

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For most people, the term “social distance” is contradictory to the very nature of who we are: social animals whose very existence relies on interacting with others, whether through families, workplaces, neighborhoods, nations and beyond.

So when we’ve been asked to “social distance” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us may feel alone – physically, psychologically, and of course, socially.

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COVID-19 and housing for people experiencing homelessness: Today’s innovations, tomorrow’s solutions

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To meet the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness as well as to help curtail COVID-19’s trajectory, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that those individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases live in housing that isolates them from others.

It’s a common-sense recommendation as the number one call to action to control this pandemic is social distancing – living and working apart from one another as much as possible.

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Treating substance use disorders with web-based technologies

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Which is more effective for treating substance use disorders – online or in-person interventions?

A recently released study of addiction treatments by Yale University compared the effectiveness of online to in-person methods and drew a conclusion that might offend readers with Luddite leanings: web-based treatment is not only as effective as in-person treatment but possibly more so.

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Remembering Daniel: A story told is a story never forgotten

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He was one of the most honest people I had ever met. His face was honest; it betrayed every emotion. His voice was honest. He always told you exactly what he was thinking. His heart was honest.

He felt things more strongly than anyone I know. I loved him. I met him on the first day of 9th grade and was instantly smitten. He was always kind and jovial with me, despite my relatively uncool standing, to his relatively popular one.

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Teach your children well

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The youngest of three, Casey did her own thing, her own way. Popular, athletic and prom-queen pretty, she is quick-witted and outgoing, with a sarcastic sense of humor.

When it was time to go to college, we weren’t concerned about her becoming a “girls-gone-wild” casualty because of her focus on academics and general self-assurance.

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‘Did you hear about Frank?’

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As I showed a hometown friend around my university’s library one November Sunday afternoon in my sophomore year, a classmate saw me and said, “Did you hear about Frank?”.

I had last seen my roommate on Friday afternoon when we both headed to our respective hometowns for the weekend. I returned to the campus on Sunday. Frank did not. He had died by suicide.

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Suicide’s common tale: ‘If only I had spoken with him’

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I first met “Ted” when I was barely 18, both of us transients in a city of transients where superficial friendships were the common social norm.

Ted was about 10 years older, and although we never dated, we had maintained casual contact with each other. We never discussed our personal history or hopes for the future, but I had sensed a deep, quiet loneliness about him that meshed with my own.

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The power of Zero

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The U.S. News & World Report ranked Colorado Springs as number 11 on its list of 2017 Best Places to Live in the USA.

However, even in this ultimate vacation destination of snow-capped mountains and clean air, tragedy can strike.

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