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Keeping Up Mental Health in Times of Isolation

April 30, 2020
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The coronavirus pandemic has turned the early months of 2020 into a waking nightmare to many. Going to work is no longer an option to some, and a constant risk to others. Social gatherings pose a threat to everyone’s health, and the silent presence of asymptomatic carriers as well as the knowledge that the virus’ incubation period can stretch out over weeks creates palpable tension. This tension has begun to exacerbate already existing mental health struggles, whether that be as a result of fear of illness, anxiety over vulnerable loved ones, or the isolation of quarantine. And for those without a history of mental health struggles, the same reasons are creating new problems that had not existed before. “There’s a general panic all over the world,” says clinical psychologist Sarah El-Sokkary. “The media is reporting on rising numbers of infections, and if you’re residing somewhere where the numbers are rising, that heightens the anxiety.” The Pressure of Isolation One of the most mentally taxing aspects of the various suggestions and guidelines that help in reducing the risk of contracting the virus is social distancing and isolation. Those whose job allows…

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