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Mental Health

Are you feeling isolated, depressed, anxious, turning to drugs and alcohol? How has the pandemic been affecting your mental health? Continue this discussion on the MENTAL HEALTH FORUM.

Liz
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Michigan

"I think the mental health effects of this are going to draw out longer than the physical effects."

My biggest worry is the mental health effects from all of this. And I don’t mean the anxiety of the virus, the virus is very dangerous, but I think the mental health of people is also very much destroyed. Being stuck in your home is causing even more anxiety. My kids are already thinking about going back to school and they’re anxious about it. I’m trying to stay light and let them know that it’s going to be ok.

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Nicole
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Michigan

"Being able to just talk to someone about what was going on and figure out ways to rechannel my bad energy was helpful."

During the pandemic, I actually kept seeing an online therapist online. It really stems down to the fact that I was self-employed and unemployment was exceptionally hard. We are a single income family and I was really struggling with making sure I could provide for my kids and that was really, really difficult. So being able to just talk to someone about what was going on and figure out ways to rechannel my bad energy was helpful.

Jyl
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Florida

"My roommate and I were going through a handle of vodka every week."

I was sitting in my house for two months staring at the walls and watching an ungodly amount of Netflix. My brain probably turned into mush. Not being able to go do shit and see my friends or my family was really, really not good. I started drinking way more than I normally do. I usually drink a beer when I get home from work. But, I mean, it was bad news. My roommate and I were going through a handle of vodka every week; we became regulars at the Sam’s Club liquor store. It was no bueno.

Matt
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California

"I've always been kind of a little bit as easy as I like a lone wolf."

I’ve always been kind of a little bit as easy as a lone wolf. I could go off on my own and be fine. But after a certain period of time, regardless of how self-sufficient you are, we innately have this longing for companionship. I miss my friends; that sort of community aspect of your life disappears. It’s nice that we live in this day and age and we’re able we have this technology, because you can get a little back on Zoom. But there’s no substitute for personal connection, being there in person, being able to to touch each other or to see each other in the flesh.

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