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Author | Maddy Pontius, BA

Maddy Pontius is a Master’s Student in Forensic Psychology at the University of Denver with interests in rehabilitation psychology, health psychology, and neuropsychology. She is hoping to work within the overlap of offender rehabilitation and healthcare in the future.


Suffering in Practice: Getting the Help You Need (Part 2)

The relationship between depression and medical errors is bidirectional, meaning depressive symptoms may lead to more medical errors in practice and medical errors may lead to the development of or worsened depressive symptoms. In other words, physician well-being is critical to patient care.

Suffering in Practice: Reaching Out to Colleagues in Need (Part 1)

In a recent workforce survey of more than 12,000 physicians across 29+ specialties, 50% of rheumatologists reported significant burnout or depression, making rheumatology the second-highest ranking field for burnout (after critical care).

Teenage Zebras: Looking for Adolescent Depression in the Midst of Adaptive Teenage Angst

Chronic pain and functional limitations, along with these academic and social difficulties, are directly related to mental health complaints. Therefore, adolescents with rheumatic diseases are at a higher risk for developing mental illness.

“Nothing Up My Sleeve:” Encouraging Patients to Use Mindfulness Exercises

Mindfulness interventions teach and promote the use of psychological skills to improve quality of life among individuals with chronic conditions like rheumatic disease. These interventions largely act by reducing pain-related activation in the sensory cortex and increasing activity in the cingulate cortex, the area of the brain responsible for learning, memory, and processing bodily sensations, like pain.