Substance use and abuse associated with the behavioral immune system during COVID-19: The special case of healthcare workers and essential workersTAGS: pandemics, covid-19, immune system ·
Authored By: Dean McKay and Gordon J. G. Asmundson
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers and other essential workers (e.g., grocery store, food delivery, and postal employees) are faced with unprecedented levels of stress, including increased risk of infection. To provide meaningful intervention to frontline workers who are struggling to cope effectively with these stressors, clinical researchers must also...
TAGS: pandemics, psychology, smartphone use, immune system ·
Authored By: Jon D. Elhai, Haibo Yang, Dean McKay, Gordon J.G. Asmundson
As the COVID-19 outbreak spreads across the globe, researchers continue to identify widespread public distress coinciding with the pandemic. Although some distress about the virus is beneficial because it motivates people to engage in helpful behaviours such as social distancing, excessive distress can be harmful to individuals and...
Do pre-existing anxiety-related and mood disorders differentially impact COVID-19 stress responses and coping?TAGS: pandemics, covid-19, journal of anxiety disorders, anxiety ·
Authored By: Gordon G. J. Asmundson, Michelle, M. Paluszek, Caeleigh A. Landry, Geoffrey S. Rachor, Dean McKay, & Steven Taylor
Public health measures put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing and self-isolation, have resulted in widespread emotional distress. People with pre-existing mental health conditions are generally more susceptible to psychological stressors, such as those...
Conducting exposure and response prevention treatment for contamination fears during COVID-19: The behavioral immune system impact on clinician approaches to treatmentTAGS: pandemics, covid-19, journal of anxiety disorders, anxiety ·
Authored By: Dean McKay, Charlene Minaya, & Eric A. Storch
Government and health officials have put in places various public health measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 during this global pandemic (e.g., social distancing, wearing a mask). While these strategies are essential to containing the spread of the virus, they present unique challenges for people with fears of contamination...
TAGS: pandemics, covid-19, stress syndrome, fear, stress, anxiety ·
Authored By: Steven Taylor PhD, Caeleigh A. Landry BA, Michelle M. Paluszek BA, Thomas A. Fergus PhD, Dean McKay PhD, and Gordon J. G. Asmundson PhD
Researchers have identified the COVID Stress Syndrome, a state of increased mental health distress occurring in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. This syndrome is characterized by beliefs about the dangerousness of COVID-19, including...