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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected mental health in various ways, particularly during widespread lockdowns and quarantine periods. Host Abel Girma talks with experts about the sociopsychological effects that have developed during the past year, including increases in substance use in the U.S.

Featured guests include Muhammad Mukarram, a senior Human Health major from Atlanta, who shares his perspective on mental health challenges during the pandemic; Bryan Stephens, executive director of the Atlanta Detox Center through October 2020 and now executive director of Tangu Recovery in Marietta; and Charles Raison, a psychiatrist and professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Emory University, who has been recognized as one of the most influential researchers in the world for his work on the biology and treatment of depression.

Student Highlight: Abel Girma is a senior Human Health major at Emory University who aspires to become a public health specialist, with a particular focus on epidemiology and infectious diseases.

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