Because of COVID-19’s social distancing safety precautions, many people are not only living in fear of the virus daily, but many are feeling isolated and alone. UConn Today sat down with the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry in the UConn School of Medicine, Dr. David C. Steffens, to learn about the potential health risks of loneliness, especially during the holiday season, and what you can do to improve social connections not only for yourself, but also for your loved ones, especially higher-risk older adults.
Depression is a major public health problem affecting over 300 million people worldwide and more than 16 million U.S. adults. Depression patients often struggle with remembering to take their daily medications due to a number of factors including simply forgetfulness.
UConn researchers believe they can use the ubiquity of these devices to better screen for depression.
Karen L. Steinberg, a clinical psychologist with UConn Health, tells NBC Connecticut about a newly expanded program that increases support networks, allowing for increased home visitations to help new mothers suffering from postpartum depression. Aired June 24, 2014.
The connection between late-life depression and cognitive decline in older adults is a major focus of Dr. David Steffens, professor and chair of the UConn Health Department of Psychiatry.
Steffens is credited with contributing to the understanding of this relationship and helping advance the field of geropsychiatry by The American College of Psychiatrists, which just presented him with the career recognition Award for Research in Geriatric Psychiatry.
UConn Health Center clinical psychologist Karen Gallucci educates WDRC-AM’s Brad Davis about postpartum depression. (Aired Oct. 9, 2013, on WDRC and AM affiliates WWCO, WSNG, WMMW, talkofconnecticut.com)