The Bizarre Spread of the COVID/5G conspiracy theory: cartoon of a train pulling a coronavirus particle and 5G symbol
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The Bizarre Spread of the COVID/5G Conspiracy Theory

The COVID/5G conspiracy theory has been around since the early days of the pandemic. How did such an out-there idea become so widely known? The dumpster fire that is social media has a fair bit to do with it, with a combination of misinformation (wrong information spread without manipulative/deceptive intent) and disinformation (intentionally spreading wrong… Continue reading The Bizarre Spread of the COVID/5G Conspiracy Theory

Vaccines, the unvaccinated, and the delta variant: image of the COVID-19 virus
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Vaccines, the Unvaccinated, and the Delta Variant of COVID-19

COVID-19 cases are up, the delta variant is plowing through the unvaccinated population, and people are dying. It's scary times, but how scary is it for those who are vaccinated? Some general background Let's talk a bit about variants and vaccines more generally before we dive into the delta variant and the COVID vaccines. What… Continue reading Vaccines, the Unvaccinated, and the Delta Variant of COVID-19

Will the COVID pandemic affect mental illness stigma?
Stop the Stigma

The Pandemic, Mental Health, and Stigma

Caz of Mental Health 360º recently wrote about languishing and how people's mental health has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It made me wonder, will this change how people look at mental health and illness? Effects on mental health Isolation, lockdown, and stressors like job loss and financial strain have certainly brought mental health… Continue reading The Pandemic, Mental Health, and Stigma

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Mental Health Care

Has COVID Impacted Your Access to (Mental) Health Care?

It's been more than a year, and COVID is still going strong. It's made a lot of people sick and it's killed a lot of people. The lockdowns and social distancing have given most people cabin fever, and the ongoing stress has been bad for everyone's mental health. But what about those of us who… Continue reading Has COVID Impacted Your Access to (Mental) Health Care?

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Our Social World

The COVID World Is Built for Introverts

I recently saw a post by The Opinionated Woman titled The World Is Built for Extroverts. My comment was that the COVID world is build for introverts, and I thought I'd elaborate on that a bit. To start off, let's consider what introverts and extroverts are. Introversion and extroversion lie on a spectrum, with most… Continue reading The COVID World Is Built for Introverts

The emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
Community Features

Mental Health and COVID Restriction Easing (Guest Post)

This post on mental health effects of COVID reopening comes from Escaping the Cage. Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay  Mental Health and COVID Restriction Easing I’m worried about my mental health as COVID restrictions are eased. I know that for many people COVID has brought many challenges to their mental as well as physical health. For me, however,… Continue reading Mental Health and COVID Restriction Easing (Guest Post)

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Social Justice

I Am Not Free to… Reasonable Limits on Freedom

PublicDomainVectors The other day, I saw an excellent article by Andy of Eden in Babylon on Entitlement and Patriotism. He contrasted the entitlement of people complaining that the pandemic lockdown violated their freedom as patriotic Americans with the self-sacrifice of people in uniform that serve their country and defend its values. In Canada, we may… Continue reading I Am Not Free to… Reasonable Limits on Freedom

The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
Community Features

Unchartered: Looking Within During Unsettled Times (Guest Post)

In this emerging blogger post, LaDonna of Perspective on Trauma writes about looking within in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. WordPress Photo Library/Pexels.com It’s been a strange time for all of us over the last several months. As we “stay at home” or “shelter in place (no matter our political background or accompanying belief… Continue reading Unchartered: Looking Within During Unsettled Times (Guest Post)

Tips on how to spot fake news
Science Corner

Separating Reality from Fake Health News

HoIFLA, Wikimedia Commons During this global pandemic, there's a lot of wild and wacky news out there in the world. This infographic from the International Federation of Library Association and Institutions gives some handy tips for separating the facts from the crap.  In this post, I'll go through those tips with respect to spotting fake… Continue reading Separating Reality from Fake Health News

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology Series

What Is… Social Isolation & Social Support

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is social isolation. Social isolation involves an objective removal from social contact and relationships, which may occur voluntarily or involuntarily. The term perceived social isolation is used to include a subjective sense of loneliness. While loneliness and social… Continue reading What Is… Social Isolation & Social Support