Coming Back Better

Coming Back Better

We have been so focused on getting back to normal since COVID began, but maybe normal wasn’t all it was cracked up to be? In order to not only move forward but to really grow, it’s important to take a second, and reflect on what we have been through as a society. Join us on this journey as we look back over the past couple of years to understand the impacts COVID had on our mental health and wellness, and how we can truly come back better. Psych Hub and HCA Healthcare, in collaboration with Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry, have partnered to bring you the 10-episode podcast series “Coming Back Better” to reflect on the lessons the pandemic taught us and what we can do to benefit our wellbeing. The first episode of “Coming Back Better” will be available December 1, and new episodes will be released every Thursday. Like, follow, or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts!


April 6, 2023 44 mins

In the season finale for Coming Back Better, Marjorie Morrison and Paul Deger explore self-care. The pandemic forced everyone to pause and reflect. We learned that prioritizing our physical and mental health is crucial, and doing so prepares us for the challenges life throws our way. 

“Anytime that we have a moment of pause, we are really thinking about what is meaningful to us. Who matters to us? What do ...

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During the pandemic, care delivery had to adapt quickly to lockdowns as demand for services increased. This shift required providers and patients alike to make an unexpected pivot to telehealth. Now, three years into COVID, telehealth is here to stay. What have we learned about this new way to access and meet our healthcare needs?  And how can we make it work better for us all?

“Just because you are not se...

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March 23, 2023 49 mins

Why does talking about finances seem like such a taboo topic? Maybe now more than ever before, it’s time to learn to have these conversations.  It seems like everyone faced financial stress during the pandemic and even today, people are still trying to get their footing in an ever changing economic landscape. 

“All of these actions and lack of actions can lead to financial stress, sleep disorders or depres...

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“Are you an introvert or an extrovert?” You’ve heard the question before. And you’ve probably heard that the pandemic affected each group differently. But how accurate are these labels? And do any of us actually fall into only one category? 

“Be aware of labels and the expectations we have for ourselves to be a certain way. There will be different things in our lives that change us and we don’t have to fit...

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Can AI become a part of our mental health journeys? Recently, we’ve seen rapid development in this space, with the creation of apps, an increase of use in Virtual Reality for exposure therapy and even virtual therapists. How do we leverage these powerful technologies and keep the human in mental health care?

“You could say that AI never tires, it is always available, it has encyclopedic knowledge of all cl...

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March 2, 2023 46 mins

Events of the past few years have driven  more conversations about systemic racism, diversity and inclusion. The pandemic exposed the racial disparities in the healthcare system. During the lockdown, we also had the shared experience of watching the murders, violence and hate crimes towards individuals from the BIPOC community on the news and in our social media feeds.. Following the lead of our youth, people of all ag...

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February 23, 2023 51 mins

With the constant chaos of everyday living, it can be hard to be present. Meditation is one evidence-based way to access our inner peace and wisdom and better connect with ourselves and those around us.  That said, meditation takes effort and practice. This episode can help you at any stage of your meditation journey, especially if you’re just thinking about getting started. 

“It has been shown that when p...

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February 16, 2023 38 mins

During the height of the pandemic, many of us were cut off from our usual contact with friends and family, missing out on celebrations at our homes or maybe just meeting at the corner coffee shop to catch up.. Overnight, we went from warm hugs to distant waves to a 2D image on a screen. This isolation led many of us to experience new levels of loneliness. Unfortunately, as we move past the pandemic, we are still seeing...

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February 9, 2023 41 mins

Isolation during the pandemic impacted all types of relationships. Friendships were put to the test, dating relied on technology more than ever, and couples had to navigate abrupt shifts in work and home life. Join Marjorie Morrison and Paul Deger on this episode as they explore the impact the pandemic had on our relationships.

“I think we really have to revisit our relationship with work to balance the ot...

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February 2, 2023 55 mins

Often, we hear the term “burnout” when COVID-19 and its impacts on the workforce is mentioned, but burnout has been around since long before the pandemic. Burnout can look different depending on the person and phase, but typically includes emotional exhaustion and loss of meaning and purpose in the workplace. How did the rapid and lingering changes of COVID impact this workplace phenomenon and perhap...

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January 26, 2023 13 mins

It can be hard setting boundaries at the end of the workday especially if you work from home. Today our host Paul Deger leads you through a guided meditation to transition from work mode to “non-work” mode through awareness and intention. 

Stay tuned for our full length episodes which will be back next week on February 2nd. 


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January 19, 2023 7 mins

Join our host, Paul Deger, on this bonus episode as he leads a reflection exercise! This exercise provides you with the opportunity to shift from a listener into a participant and reflect on what we have discussed so far in the show.

Don’t worry, full length episodes will be back on February 2nd.


⁠Coming Back Better

January 12, 2023 29 mins

In typical times, grief is a challenging and complicated emotion. The pandemic resulted in almost everyone being touched in some way by this experience. One fifth of Americans knew someone who died from COVID-19. On this episode of Coming Back Better, our host Paul Deger shares his story of grief and loss during the pandemic and how he responded to the challenges of this experience and found a way th...

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Being a teenager is such a pivotal time in a person's life. Relationships with peers are EVERYTHING and emotions are heightened as we are figuring out who we are and our place in the world. Add to that the isolation of a  global pandemic and it is not a surprise that the mental health of adolescents was severely impacted.

“It was isolating and it was hard to fat...

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The pandemic created a pause in business as usual and invited many of us to reflect on our world. For many younger people who were already experiencing climate distress, this reflection led to a call to action on climate issues. This reflection and action unfolded within a period of polarization that cracked open even further with COVID-19, with no end in sight.

During the pandemic, our routines got thrown out the window. Some used the extra time at home or away from friends to prioritize their sleep, eating and exercising, while others took on new hobbies like playing an instrument. At the same time, many found it harder to sleep well, eat healthy, or get outside.

Join us on this episode of Coming Back Better, as Marjo...

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December 8, 2022 39 mins

The pandemic changed work forever. What started off as a temporary solution to comply with stay-at-home orders has become part of everyday life. In this week’s episode, co-host Marjorie Morrison opens up about her decision as CEO to permanently transform Psych Hub into a virtual company. 

Marjorie and Paul also hear from others about their personal challenges wo...

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December 1, 2022 37 mins

On the first episode of Coming Back Better, Paul Deger and Marjorie Morrison discuss how the pandemic transformed the lives of families with small children. You may think, “I know about that; I experienced it firsthand,” or, “I don’t have young children.” But by taking the time to reflect on the impact of the pandemic, we ...

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November 21, 2022 3 mins

We have been so focused on getting back to normal since COVID began, but maybe normal wasn’t all it was cracked up to be? Join us on this journey as we look back over the past couple of years to understand the impacts COVID had on our mental health and wellness, and how we can truly come back better.

The first episode of “Coming Back Better” will be available December 1, and new episodes will be released every Thursday. Like, follo...

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