It’s pretty well documented that disease outbreaks, like what we’ve experienced during the past year and a bit with covid, commonly cause increased moments of anxiety, panic, depression, anger, confusion, uncertainty and financial stress.
The Black Dog Institute estimates that 25% to 33% of the community experience high levels of worry and anxiety during pandemics, but often, those symptoms don’t always show in the moment. Sometimes, they creep up on us later.
In the moment, we may feel as though we’re handling the chaos really well and when it’s passed, we think it’s over. We’ve gotten away with not totally processing our complex and slightly scary emotions.