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Virus’ second wave continues with vengeance

Virus’ second wave continues with vengeance Virus’ second wave continues with vengeance
Sandra Schiele, Counsel House

We have entered our fourth week of tele-health at Corydon’s Counsel House (owned by Terry Lawton), where I practice as a licensed behavioral health specialist.

Let’s focus on the adults now and how it’s affecting all of us.

Many of us viewed this virus along the lines of the flu. When I would meet with patients, the train of thought three months ago was that COVID-19 would come and go just as any seasonal illness.

Two months ago, I observed adults still not expressing much concern over this virus and how it would truly change our lives in so many ways, particularly from a behavioral health perspective.

Then, a month ago, some of my patients started to take heed and request tele-health before we officially made the transition.

While I don’t believe many realize just how serious this virus is, more people are taking precautions. I’m noticing increases in anger, anxiety, depression and substance abuse.

Today, we will focus on anger, as I believe it’s the most prevalent.

Most of the initial rush for supplies has subsided. There is now frustration with the shortage of items deemed “golden,” such as Lysol, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Some of my patients, who have difficulty managing their anger, are outraged with those they perceive as hoarding. The “law abiding” individuals who are taking this more seriously, practicing social distancing, remaining at home and using protective masks and hand sanitizer when they do venture out are becoming more agitated with those who are disregarding the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and other leadership.

While face masks are not designed, according to experts, to keep us from obtaining the virus, they are designed to help prevent us from spreading the virus unknowingly to others via our coughs and sneezes. Social distancing is designed to keep us all from spreading and contracting the virus.

Parents express anger as a result of being at home full time with their children. They feel guilty for feeling this way, but it is a reality. It is overwhelming for many to not only have to parent for longer hours per day, not have the breaks afforded them when they’re working or when the children aren’t home, but now they must also provide educational support on some level. This is taxing.

Having worked 15 years for Child and Adult Protective Services in Kentucky, I am concerned there will be an influx of reports of abuse during this time.

Ways to manage anger include talking about it, journaling, exercising, doing something artistic, listening to music, square breathing, practicing mindfulness and replacing faulty thinking with healthy thinking.

In the next column, I will go into detail about each of these techniques and about additional ways to manage anger.

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