Mental Health Side Effects Of COVID-19: You Are Not Alone Series
Mental Health Side Effects Of COVID-19: You Are Not Alone Series

Mental Health Side Effects Of COVID-19: You Are Not Alone Series

Going through it all is a lot like dealing with the stages of grief.

CLEVELAND – There are many emotions that come with capturing COVID-19 whether you or someone you know has it.

3News’ Hollie Strano knows even after hitting COVID-19 in December. Although the symptoms were mild, mental side effects is another story.

We spoke with counselor Patty DeJohn about the range of emotions one can feel. These include guilt, shame, and overthinking.

“So guilt, I always tell my own clients that we can feel guilt when we deliberately – and that’s the word – deliberately sit down to hurt someone,” says DeJohn. “So if you know you have COVID-19 and you go and breathe on someone’s face, it’s pretty deliberate, and then you can feel guilty about it if they end up getting it. But here’s the real truth. “We know it’s so easy to get from everywhere.”

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DeJohn says all of these emotions come from a single place.

“Because I specialize in grief and grief, I equate this, it’s a parallel to grief,” she says.

The five stages of grief are denial, then anger and negotiation, depression, and acceptance. Here’s how it fits in with the pandemic.

In 2020, we felt denial when the world began to shut down. Knowing that COVID-19 had come to stay, we felt angry and tried to negotiate. As it began to hit those we love, we felt depression and deep sadness.

To get out of it, DeJohn says we need to look internally.

“I think if we can think of energy in the sense of healing or fearful, then we all want to be healed. But we have to do it ourselves. It’s not something we can get from someone else,” he said. she points out.

“So the more we can be in tune with what we need, like I need more sleep or I need to eat better, I have to go for a walk. If we do it ourselves, then everyone else around us can help. a trip. a little better. “

And that’s how she says we reach the last stage of grief: Acceptance.

“And I’m really optimistic, so I believe this year is the third year of grief. Where you start to find out, OK, we are no longer in denial, there is still some anger, still some negotiations that “We are still in some stages. But we are not at the acceptance yet, but we will get there,” she says.

DeJohn works at DeJohn Funeral Homes as a Grief and Aftercare Specialist, but also offers one-on-one private counseling. You can learn more about her services here.

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