Coping With Covid & Quarantine
A little over a year ago, one out of 15 Americans described themselves as depressed. Recently one out of 4 said they were depressed. Estimates are almost as high for anxiety. Anger and frustration because of quarantine have increased as well. In past quarantines, recessions and natural disasters, there were large increases in anger, confusion, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, worry, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Research has found that the greater the uncertainty, the greater the negative mental health impact. There is an unprecedented use of the word “unprecedented.” Psychologists say that this is the most psychologically toxic disaster in our lifetime. So you are not alone in your struggle!
At first most of us were in a fear or alarm mode. Then we adapted to a higher level of stress, alert, and caution about a dangerous disease among us. As we stay in this stage of adaptation, we wear down to where we can become mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted. In the later stages of this adaptation, we can develop major mental and physical health issues. Even my clients who sought counseling because of other issues find coping with Covid and quarantine are important parts of our sessions, too.
While these are challenging times for us all, there are specific strategies, approaches, perspectives, and tools that can reduce the negative mental health impact of Covid and quarantine on you. I encourage your call to see how you can not only be more mentally healthy again, but even flourish in these challenging times.