COVID-19 and Mental Health: Where do we go from here? – Episode 67 – The Oxford Comment



The effects of COVID-19 reach far beyond mortality, triggering widespread economic and sociopolitical consequences. It is unsurprising to learn, after everything that has transpired in the past two years, that COVID-19 has also had a detrimental effect on our mental health. Recent studies in the US and UK have shown a huge increase in the number of adults who have experienced symptoms of an anxiety or depressive disorder over pre-pandemic figures.

On today’s episode, we spoke with Professor Seamas Donnelly, editor of QJM: An International Journal of Medicine, and Dr. John C. Markowitz, author of In the Aftermath of the Pandemic: Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD, to explore the factors behind these figures, COVID-19’s impact on our mental health, and where we go from here.

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Henry James – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 41



In this episode, Susan Mizruchi introduces American author Henry James, who created a unique body of fiction that includes Daisy Miller, The Portrait of a Lady, and The Turn of the Screw.

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Susan L. Mizruchi is William Arrowsmith Professor in the Humanities, Boston University and Director of the Boston University Center for the Humanities. Her previous books include Libraries and Archives in the Digital Age (2020) and Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work (2015).

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the next episode of The Very Short Introductions Podcast will premiere on 2 December 2021.

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Secularism – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 40



In this episode, Andrew Copson introduces secularism, an increasingly hot topic in public, political, and religious debate across the globe that is more complex than simply ‘state versus religion.’

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Andrew Copson is the Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association, where he was previously Director of Education and Public Affairs; First Vice President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union; and a former Director of the European Humanist Federation.

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Demography – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 39



In this episode, Sarah Harper introduces demography, the study of people, which addresses the size, distribution, composition, and density of populations, and considers the impact certain factors will have on both individual lives and the changing structure of human populations.

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Sarah Harper is Professor of Gerontology at Oxford University, Director of the Oxford Institute of Ageing, and Director of the Clore Programme on Population-Environment Change. She is also the Director of the Royal Institute, London.

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Psychopathy – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 38



In this episode, Essi Viding introduces psychopathy, a personality disorder that has long captured the public imagination. Despite the public fascination with psychopathy, there is often a very limited understanding of the condition, and several myths about psychopathy abound.

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Essi Viding is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London, where she co-directs the Developmental Risk and Resilience Unit. She is also adjunct faculty at Yale University Medical School Child Study Centre.

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