Dr. Rishon Stember is a Westport psychiatrist. He writes:
These days, physical and mental health are more important than ever.
As a psychiatrist I am receiving many calls from patients experiencing panic attacks and insomnia. Unfortunately, this is not unusual.
It is very important for people experiencing elevated anxiety to know that they are not alone. This is the time to reach out for help. Please call or email your physician or mental health professional for guidance at this time. Telemedicine is now the norm.
In my own practice, sessions are by phone and medications are being filled electronically.
Stay vigilant about staying home if possible. Wash hands often. Keep social distance. Get plenty of sleep. Be kind to yourself emotionally.
Telephone friends and family. Don’t hesitate to acknowledge the reality of the situation, but know that it is temporary.
Mindfulness is a a great tool to use. Don’t think about the past or the future; just concentrate on being in the present. Try to take time, and appreciate every small activity you do. Take in sights, sounds, flavors and aromas.
Often, talking to a mental health professional and/or medication can be useful. As with a headache, meds can be helpful until the headache is gone.
We will get through this. Stay strong, healthy and positive.