2020 has not been an easy year! We have had a global pandemic that has caused loss of life, employment, education and connection with those things and people we love.
Many of us have taken on new responsibilities such as home schooling our children or caring for sick family members in addition to the already full days of work. On top of that, we have fires, hurricanes, drought and an election! It’s easy to feel a heightened state of anxiety with everything going on.
You typically might find yourself worrying about things like your health, money, family problems, but if you start to notice that you have a heightened state or feel extremely worried to the point of lacking focus on your everyday tasks – it may be time to talk to someone.
If you are having a hard time concentrating, not sleeping well, feel restless and have trouble relaxing, are experiencing unexplained pains, and feel “on edge” all the time, you may be experiencing Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
As you recognize that you are feeling more anxious than you feel is appropriate, the first thing to do is contact your doctor. The doctor will rule out any physical problems and may refer you to a mental health specialist. GAD is generally treated with psychotherapy, medication or both.
It’s ok to be worried, especially in today’s environment, but when worry starts to take control of your everyday life, it’s time to get some outside help.
Resources for mental health care:
Refer to your State’s website and the County Health Department for local resources.
In Colorado contact Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-TALK (8255), text “TALK” to 38255, or go to the Colorado Crisis Services website to access a live chat available in 17 languages. Help and hope are available 24/7/365.
Government Mental Health: https://www.mentalhealth.gov/
National Institute of Mental Health: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/find-help/index.shtml
Crisis Text Line
Text “HELLO” to 741741
The Crisis Text hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the U.S. The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, connecting them with a crisis counselor who can provide support and information.
We all need support now and then, especially during this crazy year. Make sure you take care of your mental health!
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