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Anxiety

My Therapist’s Office is Closed. Now What Do I Do?


Now more than ever many of us need to speak with our therapists.  Levels of anxiety are running high, and mood swings seem the new normal for those of us with anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder.

But orders from most state governors have us stuck inside, even in quarantine, and our therapists’ offices are closed to in-person sessions.  While therapists and doctors are scrambling to set-up the technology to conduct appointments over the phone, through FaceTime or Skype, many aren’t equipped to make the change quickly.  And the demand is overwhelming.



Anxiety

My Routine Has Been Broken – That’s Trouble


I want to reconsider my bias against self-care.  The increasing restrictions and disruptions we must now follow have broken my routine, and I’m worried about myself.

Adhering to a routine is crucial to living well with bipolar disorder.  Mine was so strict as to seem monastic.  Following it was one of the key ways I cared for myself.



Anxiety

Panic Attacks and Bipolar Disorder


Fear is the defining emotion of the moment.  It drives decisions and keeps people on edge, infusing every action and relationship with anxiety.

It was already bad before the coronavirus.  Climate change and the run-up to a negatively charged election darkened people’s outlook.  Increasing costs of healthcare and education had families questioning their ability to keep up.  Panic, suddenly, seemed reasonable.