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Feeling anxious? Doctors say it’s normal given current events

Therapists in Eastern North Carolina say they’ve seen their caseloads double since March, and have seen more cases of severe anxiety symptoms.
Published: Jul. 2, 2020 at 8:20 PM EDT
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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Current events can be overwhelming, and therapists and psychologists in the east say national issues are leading to more cases of severe anxiety.

Thrivemind Counseling and Wellness Owner Priscila Norris says her caseload dipped back in March as people lost their jobs and their healthcare, but since then her cases have doubled and now her entire practice is fully booked. She traces that increase to the global coronavirus, leading to uncertainty in careers and in family life, and also the national socio-political climate with riots creating tension between Black Lives Matter protestors and law enforcement.

“The world is exhausting. Everything is so exhausting,” said Norris. “There’s so much input so many demands placed on us. A trip to the grocery store six months ago was something that we did without thinking. A trip to the grocery store today requires a whole other level of coordination and logistical thinking.”

Norris recommends getting outside as much as possible if you are struggling with anxiety, as well as checking in with people that you trust such as a mental health professional or a close family member or friend.

If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, you can call an on-call counselor at 1(800) 273-8255.

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