COVID-19 Related Stressors

The psychologists a the HVCCT are committed to helping people in our community deal with the psychological effects associated with COVID-19. The pandemic has led to heightened anxiety and distress for individuals and communities around the world. In addition to dealing with the fear of contracting the virus, we have to adjust to a “new normal” in which life as we know it is disrupted in every way. People are struggling with intense stressors every single day with no end in sight.

Our psychologists are expertly trained in helping people better manage these stressors. Some of these stressors include:

Fear of Getting Sick: It is completely normal to be frightened when there is a new infectious disease outbreak. Fear is a natural response to a threat, and we are still learning more each day about COVID-19 and how will affect us. This anxiety can become overwhelming and even debilitating when it is no longer helpful but rather creates problems in our lives.

Feelings of Social Isolation: As we know, social distancing is crucial given the rapidly spreading COVID-19. However, social connection is often a key buffer for stress. People report that they are feeling more distant and lonely. This sense of disconnection can breed depression and anxiety, as well as feelings of hopelessness.

Work/ Life Issues: For most of us, our everyday routines have been totally disrupted. There is less structure in our days. Children are no longer at school and many people are either working from home or not working at all. There is also much less of an opportunity to go out and engage our usual enjoyable or stress-relieving activities. We are prone to burnout as dealing with increased job or school demands can quickly drain our resources.

Parenting: Many parents are struggling to manage their children’s reactions to COVID-19 while juggling other responsibilities, such as working from home and home schooling. Children are prone to anxiety, depression, irritability, and behavioral problems during this time of uncertainty and disruption to their normal routines. Parents are often overwhelmed in trying to manage these situations.

Stressors Specific to Healthcare Professionals: Healthcare professionals who are involved in the care of people with COVID-19 are at a heightened risk of psychological distress and other mental health difficulties. Factors that contribute to compromised mental health are the overwhelming workload, information overload, insufficient personal protective equipment, as well as fear of infection for themselves and their families. In addition, healthcare professionals are being called upon to make very difficult and painful decisions on an everyday basis and sometimes are feeling ill-equipped new job demands and expectations. Commonly reported symptoms include depression, anxiety, insomnia, and feelings of general distress. In short, many healthcare workers are in dealing with the psychological effects of the trauma that they experience on a daily basis.

Why Turn to CBT Now?

The psychologists at the HVCCT are expertly trained and experienced in working with individuals who are experiencing high levels of anxiety and stress. We are committed to the use of evidence-based treatment which refers to practices that research studies have verified as effective in treating specific symptoms and disorders. Numerous research studies have shown CBT to be a highly effective therapeutic approach for complaints associated with anxiety, depression, and trauma. During the course of treatment, you or your family member will learn specific techniques and strategies to reduce your troubling symptoms and increase your psychological well-being. Early intervention is key as it has been shown to promote better outcomes for psychological health in children, adolescents, and adults.