Mental Health and Wellness During a Pandemic – Dr. Peter Yellowlees

Mental Health and Wellness During a Pandemic – Dr. Peter Yellowlees

Dr. Yellowlees discusses strategies for optimal mental health and wellness during the COVID 19 pandemic, and tips for avoiding anxiety, depression, and social isolation

Peter Yellowlees, MD is Professor of Psychiatry and Cheif Wellness Officer at UC Davis Health. He has published seven books and over 200 scientific articles and book chapters. Full bio here: https://health.ucdavis.edu/team/search/1256/peter-yellowlees—general-psychiatry—physician-health-sacramento

Interviewer: Kyle Allred, Physician Assistant, Producer / Co-Founder of MedCram.com

(This video was recorded on February 19, 2021)

TOPICS IN THIS VIDEO INCLUDE:

00:00 Introduction to Dr. Peter Yellowlees
00:35 Mental health during COVID-19 pandemic: moral injury, burnout, anxiety and distress
02:31 Specific stressors contributing to mental health issues
05:07 Definition of “anxiety” and its role as a defense mechanism
06:28 How poverty contributes to links between obesity/inactivity and depression/anxiety
08:21 Is there a difference between mental health and wellness?
10:06 Difference between “physical distancing” and “social distancing”
12:08 How personality traits may or may not contribute to mental health during COVID-19 pandemic
14:46 Setting boundaries, especially for parents and children
16:20 How to support healthcare professionals and physicians
18:39 Use of cell phones and mental health
21:17 Tips for creating healthy interactions with the news and media
21:54 Research and experience with virtual appointments and physician visits
24:44 Techniques for gathering patients’ vital signs and information during virtual visits
26:40 Silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic
27:30 What does a Chief Wellness Officer do?
28:28 How gratitude leads to happiness and how to incorporate it into a pandemic
30:46 What is “burnout?”
33:07 Importance of hope amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

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25 Comments

  1. Keith Beyerle on July 15, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Portions of this content should be on primetime news. Also, who the crap are the 5 ppl giving this a thumbs down??



  2. Pinwheel ART on July 15, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    I am introverted and the problem lies in when I have to go out or want to go out for a change. The politicizing of it all has also caused a lot of strain for people with medical issues. You may genuinely not be able to function with a mask on but we have demonized it so much that that alone causes anxiety about going out.

    I was out the other day and began having a panic attack. I needed to breathe and needed space… instead of people backing off and giving me a minute I began to feel surrounded as I turned to find another person at my side as if I was being corralled for some reason. I couldn’t get the words out…a lady is asking if I am feeling claustrophobic while hovering next to me…(does she understand the word?). I am a small woman…not a danger to anyone…I just needed to breathe and be left alone. Everyone is convinced that anyone who removes or doesn’t wear a mask is an evil person out to kill everyone with a virus they don’t even have.

    It’s really sick this society we are living in. I honestly hope we begin doing better.



  3. Laurie Romero on July 15, 2021 at 9:38 pm

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  4. RussCR5187 on July 15, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Excellent questions; thoughtful, to the point, and well explained answers. Can’t ask for more than that! Thanks for this video.



  5. sengsationa1 on July 15, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    I really liked hearing about the positive aspects of video visits (meeting pets and family, seeing the patient environment, etc). The alternative physical visits require everything to go through the patient’s words, and we know what a filter that can be.



  6. Monica Perez on July 15, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    My mother, a retired RN, may God rest her soul, used to say, isolation leads to depression, depression leads to poor health, and poor health leads to an early death.



  7. Bob Thrasher on July 15, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Yes, a great deal of "moral injury" due to denial of outpatient treatment!!!!



  8. De Stressfrlyf on July 15, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    I would love for him to unpack "Lack of access to care"



  9. Amit Verghese on July 15, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Can we all take a moment to appreciate Kyle’s calm and friendly tone towards his guests – it’s almost ASMR-like.



  10. MISTAH BOOMBA on July 15, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    I suspect loss of community/tribe contributes. Let those you care for know it!



  11. Iquey on July 15, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    31:10 the meat of the issues in many of our jobs are listed out right here. Emotional depletion. Detachment and cynicism, and low personal achievement. Feeling no matter what you do or how hard you try, nothing ever changes for the better long term.



  12. Christa Wild on July 15, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    I agree children are some of the biggest losers as a result of this pandemic. It’s so sad just how much my kids have lost out over the last year…



  13. Peter Tylee on July 15, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Unusually sensible for a psychiatrist. Must be Australian. 🙂



  14. Human Being on July 15, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    We’re all mammals, but not all mammals are the same! I enjoy my solitude!



  15. mick6ful on July 15, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Great Video thanks



  16. magsb3 on July 15, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    A well though out interview. Good questions and though invoking answers.



  17. Tara Rosin on July 15, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    So true about getting sleep, exercise and good nutrition, avoid substance abuse and self medicating! Deal w/ anxiety and stress.



  18. Doctor ER on July 15, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you for touching upon the topic of mental health during the pandemic. It’s so important right now!



  19. Jenny D on July 15, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Thank you so much. I am profoundly grateful to Dr. Yellowlees for keeping me informed. I relate to all of the things he discussed. It was so educational and made me feel grateful as I look forward to a better future post-pandemic.



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  21. Monica Hasselgren on July 15, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    I can not take much more!
    So alone,nobody to talk to.
    Waiting for Sweden to start give vaccin to elderly people so we can meet with other People.



  22. Eelke Aptroot on July 15, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Another great speaker! Thanks Kyle!



  23. polaris911 on July 15, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    why would "lack of access to care" cause an increased incidence of COVID in people of color? Makes no sense.



  24. Phil Lee on July 15, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    I’m delighted that Dr. Yellowlees was clear about the difference between the much-abused term "Social distancing" and what is actually needed, which is PHYSICAL distancing. It has been a pet peeve of mine since I first heard the former incorrectly applied.



  25. ale84 on July 15, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    For adults, problem is lack of work/revenue, which leads to unavoidable mental issues.