Yes, pandemic paranoia is real, experts say

February 23, 2021 at 09:26

Paranoia, it seemed, was just as widespread as the coronavirus, perhaps more.
Lee is currently president of the World Mental Health Coalition.
People don't need to have diagnosable mental health disorders to have paranoid thoughts or feelings.
The trifecta of the pandemic, required social isolation and social unrest has driven many of us to more extreme behavior and worries, including paranoia.
Learning to identify your paranoia is the first step to mitigating it, Borland said.
You can start by acknowledging the paranoid thoughts and then work to create healthy daily routines, according to Borland.
Sleep diet and social interaction are all important factors that feed good mental health.
If you observe a loved one experiencing paranoid thoughts, be careful about how you approach them, Borland said.
Still, it may be hard to fend off paranoid thoughts in ourselves or others.
Of course, one can't magically make Covid-19 disappear, but we can work on creating distance between the influences that seem to exacerbate the paranoia.
"Healthy paranoia or healthy anxiety can keep us aware and alert as a defense mechanism and protect ourselves from potential threats," Borland said.
We must, though, remain aware that paranoia can take us to a place where those feelings can become problematic.
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