Racism places an additional burden on African Americans dealing with mental illness

It is hard living a successful life while coping with racism in America.  African Americans must constantly monitor their own behavior whenever they are in public, knowing that the most innocent action might be interpreted as a threat and result in the police being called, or worse. It is hard living a successful life while […]

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“Deaths of Despair” Are NOT Inevitable! | Karen Lankford, PhD Neuroscientist Researcher

There is an argument being made by some for “reopening the economy” regardless, of the number of Americans who may die from COVID-19 if social distancing measures are relaxed before the spread of the disease can be contained by testing and quarantining the infected.  The argument goes something like this: Job losses and social isolation […]

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What COVID-19 delirium can teach us about mental illnesses | Karen Lankford, PhD Neuroscientist Researcher

A number of recently recovered COVID-19 patients have begun describing vivid, and often frightening, hallucinations and delusions they experienced during their illnesses.  Patients recall memories of things like being pushed into ovens, having the tops of their skulls cut off, and a variety of physical and sexual assaults.  These memories are doubly disturbing, both because […]

Strokes Caused by COVID-19 Infections Raise Concerns About Mental Health Symptoms| By Karen Lankford, PhD Neuroscientist Researcher

Now, more than ever, it is important to take cognitive and emotional symptoms seriously.  There are many people suffering brain injury from COVID-19 infections who could be falling through the cracks of the mental health system. In recent weeks, many psychiatrists, psychologists, and licensed therapists have begun expressing concerns about the effects of emotional stresses […]

A timely message about infection control | Blog Post by Karen Lankford, PhD

The developing nervous system uses many of the same chemical signals to organize brain structures that the immune system uses to fight serious infections.  Therefore, infections such as a bad flu during pregnancy can increase the risk that the developing fetus will later have autism or bipolar disorder. (Depending on the time of the infection, […]

Four Basic things people get wrong about mental illness and addiction | by Karen Lankford, PhD , Neuroscientist at Yale University

Until a few years ago, I paid little attention to the ways that mental illnesses and addiction were being discussed in the public arena. My area of neuroscience research has little connection to these kinds of conditions, and I was not directly involved in public policy issues. After making friends with a man who has […]

A Reasonable Solution to Gun Violence | Sharon Engdahl

Everyone wants to end gun violence.  Everyone deserves to live, work, and raise families in a safe environment in America.  So how do we reasonably reduce gun violence in America without jeopardizing our Second Amendment Rights under the United States Constitution and without jeopardizing the human rights of all? In 2013 I was part of […]