Coronavirus: The War of Withdrawal

The war of withdrawal is beginning to settle in, though is not a comfortable routine with people. We are beginning to realize this invisible enemy is stronger than anticipated and unpredictable. Rules surrounding behavior and activities keep growing. If you permit yourself to read and listen to all information about COVID-19, it may cause a spike of depression and anxiety. It may force people to take a closer look at themselves and others in this unpredictable threat. This on-going crisis has no end in sight as we hear and read more cases end in death. What is important is to accept this new lifestyle and pull together those resources to help one grapple with this invisible enemy. There are some people who will be racked by tremors and shakes due to anger and anxiety. They may bite their lips or tear their skin and nails. This individual may pull their hair or do other self-harm behaviors. Nausea may rise instigated by the lack of nutrition, medication, and fear. Some people may experience a rise of panic attacks due to the abrupt halt of treatment, programs and clinical support. These symptoms may sound like withdrawal symptoms from opioids when in fact it is a different kind of withdrawal. We are experiencing two types of withdrawal, social and physical, both effects our mental, emotional and spiritual health.   Social connection is much easier to sustain by technology and concerted efforts to reach out to others. I never thought I would truly appreciate technolog...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Anxiety and Panic Communication Self-Help coronavirus COVID-19 Isolation Loneliness pandemic Panic Attacks social connection socializing Source Type: blogs

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Source: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine - Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: International Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Letter to the editor Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Seniors use mobile phones for healthcare purposes in their daily life, and its use involves several facilitators and barriers. Interpersonal training is likely to reduce their anxiety and increase mHealth literacy and adoption. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed. PMID: 32484720 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Informatics for Health and Social Care - Category: Information Technology Tags: Inform Health Soc Care Source Type: research
This study aimed to investigate the use of the Internetby pregnant women to search for information about pregnancyand childbirth. This study was conducted in Kerman, Iran. Threehundred eighty-five pregnant women waiting for their appointmentswith obstetricians/gynecologists participated in the survey byfilling out a questionnaire. The most common searched topicswere nutrition in pregnancy (81%), fetal development (67%), andcomplications of pregnancy (49%). The most popular sources ofinformation were physicians (61%), the Internet (51%), and printedsources (41%), respectively. More than half of the participantsdid not share...
Source: Informatics for Health and Social Care - Category: Information Technology Tags: Inform Health Soc Care Source Type: research
Recently, anxiety overtook depression, ADHD, and all other conditions to be the Number One mental health challenge.  We’re currently under siege by an invisible enemy, and most of our anxiety levels are higher than before. For some time, however, anxiety has been on the rise as we face all the everyday choices we have to make, both small and potentially life changing. We live in a highly complex world that complicates our existence and creates newer tensions.  The Process of Anxiety Most people think of anxiety as an emotional state, and it is. But anxiety is also a process that starts with several uncomfor...
Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Anxiety Coronavirus COVID-19 Source Type: news
The COVID-19 virus has impacted and will continue to impact every aspect of our lives. Fortunately, we can get a head start on successful recovery from these effects by taking lessons from people who are grieving and those who are battling substance abuse. At first glance, this may seem an unusual comparison. Maybe losing loved ones to the pandemic ties into grief support, but how can economic and social turmoil be calmed by that? How can sobriety, long-term or not, be remotely related to any of these subjects? It turns out the three are closely related in coping strategies and systematic approaches required for our world...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Anxiety and Panic General Substance Abuse coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic Source Type: blogs
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Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Londontime Source Type: news
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Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Anxiety and Panic Stress Anxiety Attack coronavirus COVID-19 Panic Attack stress reduction Source Type: blogs
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Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Anxiety and Depression Health Infectious diseases Mental Health Source Type: blogs
  How are you handling the coronavirus pandemic? Most people are struggling right now, but for those of us with mental illness, these days can feel truly overwhelming. Fear, depression, isolation and loss of routine are just a few of the difficulties many of us are facing. In today’s podcast, Gabe and Jackie discuss what we can do right now to make things just a little better, and they share their personal hopes and fears for humanity once this pandemic subsides. You’re not alone — we’re all in this together. Join us for an important discussion on how we can handle this time of fear and unc...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Anxiety and Panic General LifeHelper Mental Health and Wellness Not Crazy Podcast Source Type: blogs
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