“Don’t stand too close”… “Did that person just cough?”… We are in the midst of a pandemic. And while we are doing our best to contain the contagion and identify people at higher risk–we have neglected to acknowledge another vulnerable section of society who will be impacted: those struggling with Anxiety and other mental health concerns.
Anxiety is a mental health concern wherein an individual experiences excessive worry about a variety of topics, events, or activities. Given the nature of the disorder, a pandemic crisis will impact those with anxiety.
As a mental health practitioner working in the field, I feel that the fear that coronavirus has dispatched in our society is palpable. The virus brings with it a tsunami of uncertainty that has engulfed us and rendered a majority of us feeling panicked and helpless.
For those struggling with anxiety, in particular, GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) it is the uncertainty and elevated chances of negative outcomes that are primary triggers.Be sure whether it’s coronavirus or just flu. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.
Furthermore, it is the difficulty in trusting those around us that further drives the anxious thoughts. “Are they being honest about their travel?”, “Do they actually sanitize regularly?”, “Are they taking the healthcare guidelines seriously?”. These and many more questions like these haunt those struggling with anxiety. Unfortunately, anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns to experience and like most mental health diagnoses it functions on a spectrum, therefore the degree to which the covid-19 will impact individuals with Anxiety will vary. …From -
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