In reading comments from our readers and talking with many folks in and around the chronic pain community since the onset of the COVID-19, the topic often turns to mental health.
In a chronic illness community where isolation is often an issue to begin with, it has intensified with the impact of COVID-19 and the social distancing that is being encouraged.
The U.S Pain Foundation surveyed the pain community recently and found—not surprisingly—that a majority of the respondents said they need help in handling the added stress and anxiety of COVID-19.
So the U.S. Pain Foundation is holding a Zoom Webinar on Monday May 4 (at 7pm EDT) with pain psychologist Shamin Ladhani who will discuss strategies for staying mentally well during a crisis-including the current pandemic. She will also explain some of the emotions we experience during times of crisis, and talk about how stress affects the immune system, which is especially relevant for those with chronic illness.
In addition—and importantly, Dr. Ladhani will then take some time to answer questions from the audience.
What are the questions you would like to ask?
You might be:
- Noticing changes in sleeping and/or eating patterns
- Having a hard time concentrating or sleeping
- May be very worried about your own health or the health of your loved ones
- Finding your pain is getting worse
- Worried about your own mental health or noticing some changes
- Using alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.
To register for the webinar, go here.
As the number of cases diagnosed and the death toll continue to increase, this “new reality” that we are living in is going to continue for at least a while longer. Some people think this is the new normal—and we may not be going back to everything the way it was.
Check it out.