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Dr. Anthony Chico Discusses the Stress of Dealing with COVID-19

April 24, 2020
*This interview was conducted on April 23, 2020. The call in number located on the screen is no longer in use. If you need to speak with someone about stress or anxiety, please reach out to your primary care provider.*

We’re all facing big changes and disruptions in our lives and looking for ways to stay psychologically healthy. Anthony Chico, DO, Medical Director of Emergency Psychiatry at GBMC talked with WMAR TV anchor Kelly Swoope about what each of us can do to maintain balance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first step is to create a routine, especially if you’re at home all day. Predictability helps people feel more in control in an unpredictable world. But that doesn’t mean every day has to be the same. He recommended diversifying your day by spending time outdoors if possible and mixing up your daily activities.

Another valuable coping tool is reaching out to others. Social distancing doesn’t mean social disconnection, so stay in touch with family and friends. Having a sense of purpose is also helpful. That can take many forms, from mowing the lawn for an elderly neighbor to picking up groceries for neighbors who can’t get to the store.

If you have been diagnosed with a mental health issue, he stressed the importance of continuing your treatment—taking any medications your doctor has prescribed and reaching out to your mental health provider to arrange virtual appointments so you can continue your therapy.

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