How are you handling anxiety in this time of COVID-19?

Posted by tnmama @tnmama, Mar 20, 2020

I have health anxiety and I have noticed this coronavirus stuff makes it tons worse. I am constantly looking at the numbers

@gingerw

@helenfrances Let's see, the mill closed down [people moving out if they can], there are no medical/dental services here [closest is an urgent care 23 miles away], no stoplight, few sidewalks, no motel, one small grocery mart, one closed bar, one Mexican restaurant doing take out 4 nights a week, less than 900 people in the valley. Probably won't see a rise in population.
All zip codes in Oregon are now listed with their COVID-19 cases listed.
Ginger

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I counted at least 9 losses.
No one wants zip codes listed with # of COVID-19 cases.

I am treadmill walking now but will try to think of something positive.. neighbors, SOME relatives 🤭.
Want to join me in a gratitude list?

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@gingerw

@helenfrances Let's see, the mill closed down [people moving out if they can], there are no medical/dental services here [closest is an urgent care 23 miles away], no stoplight, few sidewalks, no motel, one small grocery mart, one closed bar, one Mexican restaurant doing take out 4 nights a week, less than 900 people in the valley. Probably won't see a rise in population.
All zip codes in Oregon are now listed with their COVID-19 cases listed.
Ginger

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Ginger, I hear you.
Sorry I did not listen well.
I will do better tomorrow.
I re read my earlier response to you . It sounds
So matter of fact… cold.
H

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@helenfrances

I counted at least 9 losses.
No one wants zip codes listed with # of COVID-19 cases.

I am treadmill walking now but will try to think of something positive.. neighbors, SOME relatives 🤭.
Want to join me in a gratitude list?

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@helenfrances I can't walk yet since I'm having surgery on my back next month, but I would like to join you in a gratitude list. My husband told me that I need to think of 3 good things a day. Hey, the SUN is shining and it's so beautiful looking out through the new leaves at the blue sky. Is this what you meant by a gratitude list? I'm with you girl.

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@robbie1956

Hi, I also have a generalized anxiety disorder ….every now and then it rears up….and this turn of events in such a short amount of time
Would take a toll on anyone…I just like others, try to stay away from the news channels….I just find it better if I am thinking about something nice to be doing, or occupying my time with….I have been killing time this morning by going over some of the really cool scenes that came with my iPhone 11 in the Clips app. Later my wife and I will get brave and go to the commissary….masks and gloves 🧤 and all that good stuff.. but it is hard to deal with sometimes. For me, I wake up mornings (with the fears), and until I get going I am well aware of my feeling of unease…..thanks for sharing

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@robbie1956 Hey you are new poster too. Bless your heart. I have depression and anxiety also. My meds really help, but I use to wake up the same way you do with dread of the day to come. Now I just wake up with a lot of pain, but I'm having surgery for it at Mayo on June 9th. So, I will be better. We have mental illness that runs through our family. Nieces, sisters. nieces daughter etc. My mom did suicide when she was 69 years old. I am 68. I have had good counseling, because I have had many sad things happen to me in my life, but it's all in the past. Have you tried counseling. I hope that one day you will wake up with no dread. Think of 3 good things right away, that helps me. Like today, it's so beautiful out with the looking through the new leaves at the blue sky. Easy to say, but hard to do. I know. Blessings

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@lilypaws

@helenfrances I can't walk yet since I'm having surgery on my back next month, but I would like to join you in a gratitude list. My husband told me that I need to think of 3 good things a day. Hey, the SUN is shining and it's so beautiful looking out through the new leaves at the blue sky. Is this what you meant by a gratitude list? I'm with you girl.

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I am grateful that you shared your gratitude list.
I am struggling with mine today: strained ligament, grandchildren on opposite coast, .. I could go on.. argh, but I am going for a walk with my neighbor.

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@helenfrances

I am grateful that you shared your gratitude list.
I am struggling with mine today: strained ligament, grandchildren on opposite coast, .. I could go on.. argh, but I am going for a walk with my neighbor.

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Praying that you have a speedy recovery from your surgery

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@helenfrances

I am grateful that you shared your gratitude list.
I am struggling with mine today: strained ligament, grandchildren on opposite coast, .. I could go on.. argh, but I am going for a walk with my neighbor.

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@helenfrances This staying home and staying order we have here in Calif is almost 3 months now and it is getting old . My son ,d.i.l and grandson live here in Long beach but not close and I havent seen them since this started . I,ll be glad when we can finally go out . They too are staying home he has his school on computer and they both can work from home but it is still hard I know good for you going walking this helps alot . Time for me to get moving also Have a good day

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@helenfrances

I counted at least 9 losses.
No one wants zip codes listed with # of COVID-19 cases.

I am treadmill walking now but will try to think of something positive.. neighbors, SOME relatives 🤭.
Want to join me in a gratitude list?

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@helenfrances @lilypaws @robbie1956 There is a Gratitude discussion here https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/gratitude-discussion-group/ Check it out!
I personally forget to be thankful/grateful for the everyday things during these challenging times. Mental health struggles are in my own history, as well as some family members. It has taken a lot of introspection, sometimes medication, to dig out of the despair that runs in courses through my life.
Today I am grateful to see the sun shining, and the grass growing [way too tall right now!] and watch the baby animals as they discover their new world. We have a family of red-headed woodpeckers in the trees. And the other day I watched a young squirrel negotiate his way along the fence top, balancing precariously while trying to look around.
Hoping everyone has a great day,
Ginger

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@lilypaws

@robbie1956 Hey you are new poster too. Bless your heart. I have depression and anxiety also. My meds really help, but I use to wake up the same way you do with dread of the day to come. Now I just wake up with a lot of pain, but I'm having surgery for it at Mayo on June 9th. So, I will be better. We have mental illness that runs through our family. Nieces, sisters. nieces daughter etc. My mom did suicide when she was 69 years old. I am 68. I have had good counseling, because I have had many sad things happen to me in my life, but it's all in the past. Have you tried counseling. I hope that one day you will wake up with no dread. Think of 3 good things right away, that helps me. Like today, it's so beautiful out with the looking through the new leaves at the blue sky. Easy to say, but hard to do. I know. Blessings

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@lilypaws

Thanks for your reply..the three good things is a very good idea…I will try that , sometimes I think of expressions like “this too shall pass”. I am sorry to hear about the mental illness in your family and your Mom…I had a brother who was also mentally ill, and he died in 2010.. he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and the institution and subsequent halfway houses did not help. My feeling of unease, or the fears I think sometimes based on just getting older and watching buddies pass on…in any case, my
life compared to others more unfortunate has been blessed with a sense of luck….I do take a medication for GAD….and it helps….thanks for sharing and hope your day is a good one.

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Would you mind telling us what meds you take forGAD?

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@sears

Would you mind telling us what meds you take forGAD?

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@sears
I have a low dose of Klonopin…..usually just once daily….it was prescribed by my doctor over the others because it tends to be
Longer acting and far less addictive…

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Just wondered as I am in the process of switching from Xanax to Valium which Is also long acting.

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