Covid-19 Fears, Concerns & Anxiety
"Because of my Complex-PTSD, I go through the world expecting threats to my stability and survival. My brain is finely tuned to it and my body responds, sending me signals that things are not OK, even when they are. Complex PTSD and dissociative identity disorder (DID) both are impacting how I experience and respond to the coronavirus pandemic in complicated ways.Due to panic around COVID19 I don’t know what will happen next. Symptoms of complex PTSD often include having intrusive worst-case scenario thoughts."
By Erica Chau
"Even though I’m an introvert, my depression is an unwanted house guest that comes out more than usual in times of uncertainty.
1. Fatigue: I am tired. ALWAYS!
2. Difficulty Falling Asleep: It's not in a way that is enjoyable or productive. I'm just... awake.
3. Irritability/Restlessness: I’m snippy. I’m short-tempered. I have no patience & I'm angry that I don't have access to normal tools.
4. Aches/Pain that Won't Go Away: Can often be a physical manifestation of the stress and depression that lives within us. And the more I think about it, the more it doesn’t go away.
5. Guilt: It’s amazing how even when depression causes us to feel nothing, we can still feel guilt."
"The COVID-19 coronavirus has been officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.
We PWD (people with diabetes) with have been deemed “high risk” and we need to take extra care to ensure our safety.
Clearly, this scenario has significant impacts on our physical and economic well-being, but it has also created unique challenges in mental health; particularly for those of us prone to already anxious behaviors. One of the most important ways I have been able to control my anxiety is by limiting myself to reputable resources only. Make your physical health and your mental health a priority. Though we cannot definitively say what the future holds, it is incredibly important to remember that you are not alone and we will get through this!"
By Laura Fox
"I am in recovery from postpartum depression. I also experienced antenatal depression during the third trimester of my pregnancy. It has been a long and difficult road, but I am coming out the other side.
But now, life has thrown a huge curveball. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought back all of the fears I had that were deemed irrational. The main one being that my daughter is going to die. During my third trimester, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. This negatively impacted my already fragile mental health.. My birth was categorized as high risk."
COVID19, MENTAL HEALTH & DIABETES
Children, and especially children with chronic conditions like diabetes that put them at higher risk for more severe reactions to the virus, are especially susceptible to the mental health impacts of the pandemic. A recent study from the American Journal of Pediatrics of over 1,000 U.S. parents in early June showed that 27% said their mental health had worsened since March, and 14% said their children’s behavior problems had gotten worse. Families with younger children reported worse mental outcomes than those with older children. About 10% of all families said their children’s mental and behavioral health worsened.
It might be awkward, difficult and even risky. But joining a social bubble might just save your sanity.
My kids are increasingly missing their friends and sense of normalcy; it feels like something has to give or we’ll all lose our minds.
One idea that some families are considering — and that infectious disease epidemiologists think might be a smart way to balance mental health needs with physical safety — is to create quarantine “pods” or “bubbles,” in which two or three families agree to socialize with one another but no one else.
In a pod, families hang out together, often without regard to social distancing — but outside of the pod, they follow recommended social distancing rules.
The reality is, people need social contact, and some families are struggling without it. So we need to find ways to socialize safely.
RESOURCES TO USE DURING COVID19
By Dr. Myles Sandoval, DPT
The FREE Unofficial SMART Recovery Handbook for Disordered Eating' added new sections including 1o on COVID19
They've adapted Yale University’s COVID-19 Guidance for Substance Users During COVID-19/Coronavirus. It includes such issues as binging on your food stores & finding your safe foods are no longer sold at your stores and much, much more. All the COVID19 Info begins page 50
"Tips for Self-Isolation: Here’s How To Be Happy Being Home 24/7"
No commute to the office. No coffee runs. No lunch dates with friends. No shopping. When one day follows another within the same four walls, you may find yourself going stir-crazy. Suffering cabin fever. Yeah, no one ever warns you. This self-isolation is giving all of us a sneak peek into your dark side