Coping with the uncertainty of COVID-19

3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago Tuesday, August 25 2020 Aug 25, 2020 Tuesday, August 25, 2020 8:03:00 PM CDT August 25, 2020 in News
By: Zoie A. Henry, KOMU 8 Anchor/Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA, MO — In the era of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a lot of uncertainty. With social distancing and several other changes to what was otherwise known as normalcy many people have reported an increase in feelings of anxiety and depression.

With policy, cases and regulations changing daily there is a sense of inconsistency. Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress. It can occur when there's high stress and lack of control over a particular situation and uncertainty of what is to come in the future.

According to the CDC, “The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19”.

Anxiety and depression can have overlapping symptoms. Depression is often defined as a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. This disorder can lead to both emotional and physical issues that require long-term treatment.

“This is the first pandemic we’ve lived through. These are normal feelings for an abnormal situation. The number one thing we want to do is give ourselves some grace,” Megan Steen, licensed clinical social worker and director of outpatient services at Burrell Behavioral Health Center said.

Steen also said that according to the official statistics, Burrell had a spike in telehealth services used in April of up to 90 percent. Before COVID that number was only ten percent.

For more information and resources click here.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA- Missouri candidates for governor will participate in a forum at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, sponsored by the Missouri... More >>
9 minutes ago Friday, September 18 2020 Sep 18, 2020 Friday, September 18, 2020 3:13:00 AM CDT September 18, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS — The Internal Revenue Service released a state-by-state breakdown of people who will be receiving letters asking... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, September 17 2020 Sep 17, 2020 Thursday, September 17, 2020 7:46:26 PM CDT September 17, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A tutoring program called Grade A Plus, which offers free tutoring from MU students, is moving online this... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, September 17 2020 Sep 17, 2020 Thursday, September 17, 2020 7:08:00 PM CDT September 17, 2020 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY – Overnight Interstate 70 travelers could experience lane closures next week as MoDOT crews work on their Callaway... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, September 17 2020 Sep 17, 2020 Thursday, September 17, 2020 5:33:00 PM CDT September 17, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, families are looking for ways to celebrate moments while still following social distancing guidelines.... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, September 17 2020 Sep 17, 2020 Thursday, September 17, 2020 5:10:00 PM CDT September 17, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- A federal search warrant was executed Thursday on the 300 block of East Winter Street in north Boone County,... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, September 17 2020 Sep 17, 2020 Thursday, September 17, 2020 3:54:00 PM CDT September 17, 2020 in News
KINGSTON, Mo.. (AP) — The trial of a Missouri man accused of killing two brothers from Wisconsin is being moved... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, September 17 2020 Sep 17, 2020 Thursday, September 17, 2020 3:37:35 PM CDT September 17, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A gathering at the Lake of the Ozarks is bringing tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, September 17 2020 Sep 17, 2020 Thursday, September 17, 2020 2:54:24 PM CDT September 17, 2020 in News
MISSOURI- The COVID-19 pandemic has caused most people to have little to no in-person social interactions due to quarantine and... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, September 17 2020 Sep 17, 2020 Thursday, September 17, 2020 2:53:00 PM CDT September 17, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia College President Dr. Scott Dalrymple announced the campus will recognize Juneteenth as a paid holiday, starting next... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, September 17 2020 Sep 17, 2020 Thursday, September 17, 2020 2:46:00 PM CDT September 17, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Despite the pandemic and widespread protests against police brutality, the Missouri State Highway Patrol has seen an... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, September 17 2020 Sep 17, 2020 Thursday, September 17, 2020 2:09:00 PM CDT September 17, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Some people are afraid to leave their homes during a global pandemic. This fear is even higher for... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, September 17 2020 Sep 17, 2020 Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:25:00 PM CDT September 17, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY - Ten people were asked to quarantine after a potential COVID-19 exposure at the Kansas City Chiefs' season... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, September 17 2020 Sep 17, 2020 Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:10:01 PM CDT September 17, 2020 in News
O'FALLON (AP)- Poll workers signed up to work the November election in a county near St. Louis have been urged... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, September 17 2020 Sep 17, 2020 Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:10:00 PM CDT September 17, 2020 in News
(AP)- A southeast Missouri woman pleaded not guilty to a killing an abandoning an elk last year. The misdemeanor... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, September 17 2020 Sep 17, 2020 Thursday, September 17, 2020 12:29:00 PM CDT September 17, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- Battle High School's Friday night football game at Hickman has been canceled to due a COVID-19 positive test and... More >>
15 hours ago Thursday, September 17 2020 Sep 17, 2020 Thursday, September 17, 2020 12:10:00 PM CDT September 17, 2020 in News
(AP)- Former Washington University Chancellor William Danforth has died. Washington University in St. Louis confirmed that Danforth died Wednesday... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, September 17 2020 Sep 17, 2020 Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:38:00 AM CDT September 17, 2020 in News
(AP)- Authorities are investigating a Christian boarding school from which about 20 girls were removed after former residents turned to... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, September 17 2020 Sep 17, 2020 Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:33:00 AM CDT September 17, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 58°
4am 57°
5am 56°
6am 55°
7am 54°