The month of May is Mental Health Awareness. In this episode, Dr. Samantha Meints, who is a licensed clinical psychologist, will share her career path as a clinical psychologist and tell us how the body and mind react to the physiological and psychological pain and stress and how does stress impact our immune system.  She will share timeless tips on pain and stress management to improve our mental health.

Dr. Meints is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Pain Management Center at Brigham & Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. She attended Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, completing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a focus in Behavioral Medicine. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, before joining the faculty there.  Dr. Meints’ research focuses on biobehavioral aspects of acute and chronic pain. 

Questions discussed in the episode: 

1.  What is a clinical psychologist?

2. How much stress can the human heart endure?

3. What is the difference between physical stress and emotional stress on our health?

4. How does stress impact our immunity?

5. How do we reduce stress?

6. Any advice on how to be healthy while working at home?

7. Any final golden nugget of advice for our listeners on handling stress under these extreme special circumstances: 1) If you realize you just test positive for the COVID19, how do you handle your stress? or 2) If you realized that your loved one has tested positive, and you didn’t (is there a survivor guilt), how do you both handle your stress? or 3) If you realized that you infected someone unintentionally (a sense of guilt), how do you handle your stress?

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