Under these circumstances it is normal to have various emotional responses. It is normal to feel afraid, isolated, shocked or confused. These feelings are valid. We are all feeling this way. But we are not alone. We are all in the same boat. Remember that it is healthy and normal to acknowledge our emotions.
As people, we are inherently social animals. None of us can avoid the feelings of isolation that come with physical separation. While it may be necessary to go through physical separation, we shouldn’t deceive ourselves that this is normal, or healthy. Connections, especially deep emotional connections, are what give our lives meaning.
Although we need to socially isolate, this does not have to mean true "aloneness." Most of us are privileged to be able to use technology to reach out and maintain strong emotional connections. It is most important that we check in, support, and receive support from our loved ones, friends, acquaintances and colleagues. At times of stress, emotional support and intimacy that come out of an honest exchange are essential. We all cope with stress differently, and it's important to show understanding and empathy for the variety of responses that people may have.
Finally, continue to utilize mental health resources if stress/anxiety escalate. We are here to help. Our practice will continue to see patients throughout this time. If you are concerned about financial resources, Dr. Faur has taken on several additional spots of psychotherapy pro-bono. This will be provided to people who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID19 and fall below the poverty line, and thus cannot pay for sessions at this time. Dr. Faur is currently only seeing patients via telemental health, utilizing a HIPAA compliant video platform. Please contact us for more information.
Please take care of yourselves, and each other. We will get through this together.
Wishing good health to all,