Pandemic impacting mental health as restrictions loosen
NORFOLK, Neb. - Some people are feeling relief as vaccinations continue, but as those most vulnerable are starting to re-enter general society, there can be a lot of anxiety.
A northeast Nebraska hospital is seeing higher rates of depression and anxiety. Faith Regional clinical psychologist Dr. Brooklee Tynes says it stems from isolation.
"We're very social creatures, we like to interact with people," said Dr. Tynes. "So that's something that we've seen so far here at Faith [Regional], those people that have had those social supports removed, are seeing higher rates of depression."
As health restrictions loosen, Dr. Tynes says to integrate gradually to avoid being overwhelmed, but also, to not feel obligated to force yourself into situations just because of new CDC guidelines.
"'Is my anxiety stopping me from being a good friend? Is it stopping me from connecting with my family?' If the answer is no in that situation and you're not ready to engage, then that's okay," said Dr. Tynes. "Know yourself, know where you're priorities are."
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