Even when COVID-19 is beaten, the stress and depression of the pandemic will still be with us. How do we recover? The corona virus has killed our loved ones, sown fear among us and taken away many of the comforts we rely on to preserve good mental health. Erin Anderssen looks at the scale of the problem and how we might move on.  Read this article at The Globe and Mail…

Dr. Taylor has been …tracking the mental health of nearly 7,000 Canadians and Americans via clinical surveys. The data is still coming in, but this week he co-authored a journal article on what’s being called COVID Stress Syndrome. Among the symptoms: heightened anxiety about getting infected or touching surfaces that might carry the virus; intrusive thoughts and nightmares about COVID-19 that affect a person’s ability to function; compulsively checking social media; and panic buying and stockpiling. Xenophobia is also a key characteristic.  — The Globe and Mail, May 12, 2020

Image: iStockphoto [Toronto, Canada – May 02, 2020: Locals practicing social distancing while waiting in line outside grocery store during coronavirus pandemic in Toronto, Ontario, Canada]