Mental Health and COVID-19, expert shares advice

Action News Now Telemundo Reporter Johan Castellanos spoke to Butte County Behavioral Health Officer, Holli Drobny. She shares mental health advice during social distancing, quarantine or isolation.

Posted: Mar 19, 2020 5:06 PM
Updated: Mar 19, 2020 5:09 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – Action News Now spoke to Butte County Behavioral Health Officer, Holli Drobny. She shares mental health advice during social distancing, quarantine or isolation.

Drobny said it's important to remember that there are many things going on in people’s lives that are stressors or causing anxiety without a pandemic going on.

"Think about how our community has gone through Camp Fire, and we’ve seen a lot of trauma in our community members. If you’re feeling any resurgent of that anxiety that you felt during that disaster that’s totally normal," Drobny said.

However, this situation could bring different feelings since it's a quarantine and social distancing standards. Drobny said people could have more feelings of loneliness, not being able to connect with support groups, the frustration of not knowing how long this could last. There could be anger if people feel they have been unintentionally exposed to potential illness.

"Good news, is we are a community of resilience, we’ve been through hard times and know that there is hope on the other side," Drobny said.

It's also important for people to find a trusted source of information for the coronavirus and rely on it, Drobny said.

"But also don’t try to consume as much information as possible because that can increase anxiety and stressors," Drobny said. "It’s good to limit your time on social media."

Another point that Drobny made is when you’re in physical isolation to not be emotionally and socially be isolated.

"Human connectedness is the main thing that can combat loneliness, anxiety, feelings of the unknown," Drobny said. "Take advantage of the resources you have available to stay connected."

Thanks to technology, people can stay in touch with friends and loved ones through social media, text, facetime, and more.

Butte County Public Health said if you feel that your symptoms of stress and anxiety are causing you to have trouble sleeping or eating – if they last longer than two weeks, behavioral health advises you to reach out to a health care provider and get additional support.

The Behavioral Health Crisis and Access Line can be reached at 530-891-2810. For additional information, CLICK HERE

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