adjusting to a new norm

As we are approaching six months since adjusting to a new norm with the onset of COVID-19, it could be argued that many, if not most people in the United States are experiencing a combination of emotional and/ or physical symptoms precipitated by stressful life events in 2020.
Who do you know who has experienced one or more of the following events within the last 3-6 months?
  • Unemployment, financial pressure, or job insecurity
  • Conflict/ arguing or marital problems, including separation and divorce
  • Parenting challenges
  • Racial trauma and its effects
  • Illness or death of a friend or family member
  • Difficulties with a loved one who struggles with mental health or substance use
If so, are you experiencing a stronger than expected emotional or physical reaction to stressors? 
This may include feeling sad or hopeless, anxious and afraid, or physically exhausted.
You may find yourself worrying, crying, or engaging in unhelpful ways to cope with stress.
Perhaps you are seeking comfort from food or sex or trying to control yourself through restriction and compulsions.
Maybe your tendency is to withdraw from others and escape the realities of the world.
While indulgences may have provided temporary relief, you may now be concerned about an unhealthy addiction.
You may be experiencing physical health concerns such as stomachache, headache, fatigue, heart palpitations, or panic.
If you have responded yes, you may be struggling with an adjustment disorder.
Adjustment disorders can impact both children and adults, with symptoms ranging from very mild to severe. Since this is a very common mental health experience, take care of your mental health! Psychotherapy is a great choice for treatment which can be supported with other resources. CARE Counseling offers same-week telehealth appointments and is in network with all major insurances.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention lists some great resources to learn more about coping managing-stress-anxiety

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Written By: Charlotte Johnson, MA, LPCC

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