COVID isolation, anxiety ‘really reinforce’ eating disorders
By Judi Kanne The COVID-19 pandemic has proved a perfect storm for eating disorders, experts say. Lockdowns to limit the spread of infection have made Americans more isolated from one another while increasing their anxiety. Psychologists say the emotional impact of that has driven many people into binge eating... Read more
Amid pandemic, state’s mental health agency has extensive layoffs
Budget cuts due to the COVID-19 economic crisis have led the state’s mental health agency to lay off 200 employees. The jobs included positions in each of the state-run hospitals, regional field offices, and central office. The layoffs are part of a $123 million budget reduction for the Georgia Department of... Read more
‘COVID fatigue’: Are folks slacking off in the fight? 
Tired of wearing a mask in public places? Do you ever forget to take one along when you go out? Are you weary of social distancing with friends and family members? Is your hand-washing getting less frequent and a little less thorough? These may be signs that weariness with... Read more
Worrisome budget cuts ahead for the state’s health programs
The five support centers for people with mental health problems provide a good financial return for Georgia, their leaders say. The centers, funded by the state,  prevent hospitalizations in state facilities, which can cost $600 a day, and offer other services for thousands of Georgians, says the Georgia Mental... Read more
Budget cuts for mental health, disabilities alarm patient advocates
“The safety net is stretched to the max.’’ Judy Fitzgerald, commissioner of the agency that oversees mental health and substance abuse services, gave that stark assessment in January to state legislators who were considering budget cuts to her department. Now, even deeper cuts are on the table. Georgia’s budget... Read more

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