I'm definitely not alone in this, but I am actually more afraid of the changes that the coronavirus is causing than of the virus itself. This is causing me a lot of anxiety.
Today's episode of On Point, a podcast from WBUR Radio in Boston that is broadcast on NPR, discusses "How to Stay Resilient and Mentally Healthy During the Outbreak." I encourage you to listen to it.
In this period of social stress, the demand of social distancing runs counter to what humans have evolved to do: Seek out support and connection. This is particularly troubling for me, as I have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and have devoted so much over so many years to master the skills to do what I now seem to have been cut off from doing. I also frequently suffer from depression.
One thing that you can do if you are worried about high levels of anxiety and depression that others you know may be feeling because of this situation, and specifically if they may be considering suicide or related actions is to call 1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) or 741741 (Crisis Text Line).
CLOSING QUESTION (Leave your responses in the comments)
Are you more afraid of the virus itself, or the changes to your way of life that it has caused?
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