CHICO, Calif. – The CDC website lists ways you can deal with stress and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic.
Action News Now Mackenzie Drigo spoke to a doctor to see if he’s seeing an increase with patients due to anxiety and stress.
Bradley Smith owns Chico Immediate Care and Premiere Primary Care. He said they have seen an increase in people needing help dealing with the coronavirus pandemic stress.
Smith said not everyone needs medication when suffering from stress, anxiety, or depression. But that some may need it to help get them through this time.
He told Action News Now he’ll only prescribe them medicine for a short period of time, then evaluate them to see if those patients need more.
"We have seen more prescriptions for short term anxiety drugs," Smith said. "Depression will build as the financial damage happens I think the initial thing is anxiety," Smith said.
The two biggest stress factors the doctor said are the lack of ability to control what’s happening and the unknown. Smith recommends the best ways to cope is to be mindful, practice meditating, working out, and being social in a safe way.
These times are stressful and can trigger old habits that have been broken, Smith said. So be wary of slipping back into them.
If you’re struggling with those factors but are afraid to go to the doctor, you can contact Chico Immediate Care at (530) 891-1676 and ask for them to set you up for telecare, a virtual check-up with a doctor.
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