BLOG: At the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, I turn again, as I did in March 2020, to writing to make sense of my world. I am tired, I am frustrated, and I am weary. But, like you, I am still here.
ED visit rates in the US for mental health conditions, suicide attempts, overdoses, intimate partner violence, and child abuse and neglect were higher during the first 6 months of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to last year.
Mental health clinicians have utilized telehealth to provide treatment throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, creating a need for alternative plans when technology fails and open conversations with patients to remain effective.
Utilizing technology for telehealth treatment and being unable to meet with patients in person has led many mental health clinicians to experience burnout, causing some of them to stop applying best practices and self-care techniques.
Michael Myers, MD, and John Budin, MD, discuss Dr. Myers' recent memoir, how the COVID-19 pandemic is helping medical professionals admit their vulnerabilities, and steps to take when colleagues may need professional help.