More Coronavirus cases, more anxiety

The growing impact of the Coronavirus outbreak is giving many people anxiety over contracting the virus themselves.

Posted: Mar 12, 2020 7:06 PM
Updated: Mar 13, 2020 11:36 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY (WLFI) — The growing impact of the Coronavirus outbreak is giving many people anxiety over contracting the virus themselves.

The American Psychiatric Association estimates nearly 30 percent of adults suffer from an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives.

A local mental health professional said isolating yourself from other people could make it worse.

COVID-19 is officially a pandemic and all you have to do is scroll through your social media page to see how concerned people are about catching the virus.

"I certainly think reacting or responding with anxiety and fear is a completely normal response," said Susan Kersey.

Kersey is the director of mental health at Purdue's School of Nursing. 

She said constantly checking your phone for updates could make your anxiety worse.

"Avoid watching things or reading news reports or listening to the radio if it's causing you anxiety," said Kersey.

Your anxiety shouldn't stop you from being informed.

"Try to just pay attention to the practical information that's available; the kind of information that gives us specific steps to prepare and plan so that we can protect ourselves and our loved ones," said Kersey.

Even though health experts said you should avoid contact with other people mental health providers said you shouldn't isolate yourself from loved ones.

"Fear and anxiety, it just breeds with isolation so I think we need to be talking to one another," said Kersey. "I think if you are specifically anxious about this don't keep it inside."

For individuals who are under self quarantine due to the virus mental health professionals said it's important to stay engaged with your loved ones through technology.

"You can still talk on the phone," said Kersey. "You can still talk over online platforms if you have children try and maintain contact with them as much as possible."

Most importantly if your mental health is being severely affected by anxiety over the Coronavirus you should see help from a mental health professional.

"If you feel overwhelmed with this, if it's really affecting your functioning, your functioning, your appetite, then get help," said Kersey.

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