Bad Thought: There’s something seriously wrong with my mental health.
I read this morning that rates of anxiety and depression are up four-fold since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. So, the first thing to understand if you’re one of those suffering from mental malaise is that you’re in good company. This is a very important point. When I was suffering from anxiety years ago, I looked around me at my colleagues and was convinced I was the only one. Added to the pain of the symptoms was the perception that I was unusually weak or strange or defective.
Fast forward 20+ years, and it’s very clear to me that anxiety is a commonplace occurrence. How much more so in our current medical, social, and political context. So, if you’re experiencing inner stress and strain, I have good news for you: you’re really quite ordinary! That bit of news may or may not help with your symptoms but, besides allowing you to feel a part of something bigger than yourself, it may also help you feel reassured that (in the words of psychiatrist James Gordon), “For the most part, these are not psychiatric disorders that [you] are having. These are ordinary responses to an extraordinary situation” (link to full article below).
This bit of news might just make you brave enough to talk to someone about what you’re feeling so that you can start the process of gathering a supportive community around you. I know I couldn’t have done it without that.
Wishing you well at this challenging time.
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