SpectraCare Health Systems says stress of pandemic can heighten anxiety and depression

Here are resources you can use if you are struggling with your mental health.
Published: Dec. 23, 2020 at 6:55 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - 2020 has been a difficult year, many have been battling mental illnesses, some even for the first time.

Chief Operating Officer of SpectraCare Health Systems, Susie Kingry, said the added stress of the pandemic leads to heightening depression and anxiety.

Many can experience anxiety, worry or fear of their own health, a loved ones health, finances from being out of work, and the feeling of isolation due to being diagnosed or being exposed to the virus.

Kingry said it is important to be aware and support each other during this time. She shares some of the symptoms people experience with depression and anxiety.

“Depression, so eating less, eating more than you would normally do, sleeping more and isolating from friends and family,” Kingry said. “Anxiety, just having that feeling of impending dread, doom, just uncertainty about the future. We just really need to take care of ourselves during this time.

SpectraCare offers a 24/7 Healthline, that number is 1-800-951-4357.

A licensed therapist will be on the line to answer questions.

Click here for more resources that are available.

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