The Eye of the Hurricane: Leadership in the Age of COVID-19

For those in leadership positions, the coronavirus crisis is an unprecedented challenge. As we navigate the new normal for ourselves and for our loved ones, we carry the added responsibility of steering our organizations through uncertain times.  In times of crisis the need for leadership comes into sudden, clear focus — and, by the sameRead more ⟶

Tips from a Psychiatrist on Coping at Home During Coronavirus

Across the country and indeed the globe, the coronavirus pandemic has upended people’s lives. Over 150 million Americans have been ordered to stay home, and the vast majority of them are not physically ill right now. This news still feels like a shock to the system, but as these radical changes shift from days to weeksRead more ⟶

Mika Brzezinski: My Life in the Age of Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic is everywhere. It has affected everything in our lives, often radically so. So many Americans have already sacrificed so much to stop the spread and save lives. But we must do more. Of course, this is easier said than done. Let me share some details of our situation. Joe and I haveRead more ⟶

Gaining Strength and Resilience From the Coronavirus

Last year I was consulting with MD Anderson Cancer Center about best practices for supporting people newly diagnosed with cancer, before they have a treatment plan in place. Many of these patients (and their loved ones) were terribly frightened and had in common several very fundamental “survival” questions: Am I going to die? How willRead more ⟶

In The Midst of Opportunity

John F. Kennedy is said to have quoted the following, “When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” The accuracy of his quote has been disputed, even denounced, but the spirit of the quote is wonderfully applicable to the present day. If its alright withRead more ⟶

6 Tips to Help You Work from Home Successfully, Even If It’s Unfamiliar

I started in inside sales where I went to an office every day. It was easy to stand up, tap a shoulder and ask, “Hey! Want to grab lunch?” or “Can you help with…?”. Then a year later I moved to Portland, OR only knowing one person in the entire city and started working fromRead more ⟶

Now Is Our Opportunity for Real Child-Centered Education

Now that our kids are out of school for what may turn out to be many months, many educators and pundits are offering parents suggestions for how to replace school at home and online. But here is a suggestion I have not heard as yet.  Instead of doing our best to replicate, in some fashion,Read more ⟶

8 Simple Ways to Maintain Perspective During the Coronavirus Crisis

Over the past several weeks I’ve seen an increase in patients coming to see me for anxiety and fear related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  Given the uncertainty of the situation, this comes as no surprise. Just as the actual virus can be highly contagious, so can the fear and anxiety that stems from it. Read more ⟶

Mental Health in a Time of Pandemic

The ongoing Covid-19 outbreak is in many ways unprecedented, in both the scale of this challenge, the scale of public health response, and the historical context in which all this is unfolding. Covid-19 is the first global pandemic of the social media age, the first of the “alternative facts” era, and is occurring at a moment when politics andRead more ⟶

How to Break the Habit of Touching Your Face — and Keep Coronavirus at Bay

I am a great habit breaker. For years as a child psychiatrist, I have treated trichotillomania, a condition where people pull out the hair on the eyebrows or scalp. I have a great understanding on how to break bad habits. I also commonly treat children and adults who skin pick and bite their nails andRead more ⟶