George Floyd video adds to trauma: ‘When is the last time you saw a white person killed online?’

USA Today | May 28, 2020

Roberto Montenegro, MD, PhD, studies the biological effects of discrimination and says living in a world where your body is a threat is painful and taxing. "People of color already carry the burden of structural racism in our history and in our bodies," Montenegro said. "COVID has highlighted how power, privilege, and access to means and resources are distributed disproportionately."


UW Psychiatry offers robust consultation services for Washington State health care providers

Department news | May 27, 2020

Within a few months, COVID‐19 has caused tremendous anxiety, trauma and grief. We are seeing increased stress in individuals with preexisting mental health or substance use disorders who may be physically isolated and have reduced access to their usual treatment programs or support systems, and we are also seeing new mental health and substance use problems […]




Slosh! Slurp! Welcome to the ‘Walktail’ party

The New York Times | May 20, 2020

With both bars and gyms closed, drinking and walking — or “walktailing” — has been occurring at a seemingly unprecedented rate. Richard Ries, MD, comments on the new American phenomenon.