Wiregrass Wellness Center sees increase in clients suffering from anxiety and depression amidst pandemic

Social isolation is becoming an increasing problem for those in mid to late teens.
Published: Jan. 7, 2021 at 6:16 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Other than making a resolution, psychiatrist, Dr. Chris Strunk, said to look at your focus at the beginning of the year.

“Rather than basically bemoaning what you can’t do, look at what you can do,” Dr. Chris Strunk, M.D., Psychiatrist, said. “You can spend more time with your children, you can do things that basically you couldn’t do when you were more outward bound in terms of your home, and this is a time to concentrate of those things and sort of concentrate on the positive of those events.”

For some it can be easy to feel alone during a time of isolation. The Wiregrass Wellness Center has seen an increase in clients battling anxiety and depression during this pandemic.

“We have seen people that have unforeseen financial losses, they own businesses that were affected by covid or their lifestyle was significantly impacted they needed to look at their coping skills and those type of things and sort of revaluate where they are,” Dr. Strunk said.

Several people remain restricted from seeing family and friends. Creating separation from their loved ones by not having access to them as they did before due to covid restrictions.

“We all have good days and bad days,” Dr. Strunk said. “But when you start consistently having more bad days than good days, when you start crying without reason or you feel that your emotions are basically out of control, when they’re not happening for a reason, you know, when something bad happens we all are upset about that, when you feel bad but nothing particularly bad is happened that particular day then that can be a sign of depression.”

Dr. Strunk said social isolation is becoming an increasing problem for those who are in their mid to late teens.

“This is a time in life where their peer group is extremely important,” Dr. Strunk said. “I mean we remember in when we high school it was all about the peer group and what other people are doing, now a lot of people have lost that. So they don’t have the difficulty with peer pressure, but on the other hand they also don’t have the social interaction.”

Dr. Strunk said it is important for them to interact in different ways, by computer systems or other covid safe environments.

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