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Psychiatry and COVID-19: What You Should Know

As the world continues to figure out a new normal in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team at Amr Beltagui, MD is prepared to help you face new and old anxieties.

Board-certified psychiatrist Amr Beltagui, MD and his team offer comprehensive psychiatric services to treat a variety of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The team is also experienced in managing bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to help you thrive not only during the pandemic but throughout your life.

You are not alone in this global health crisis. Here are some things you can do to protect both your physical and mental health.

Seek help for new symptoms

Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness. If the many changes caused by COVID-19 are interfering with your mental health, it’s important that you reach out for help. 

The isolation required to slow the spread of COVID-19 can cause a variety of emotions, fears, and concerns for your health and the health of those you love. 

When you’re feeling overwhelmed or can’t stop thinking about the situation at hand, you can reach out to the team of mental health experts here at New Dawn TMS Psychiatry for guidance.

Don’t neglect your current treatment

If you’re already receiving treatment for an existing psychiatric condition, it’s imperative that you stay in contact with the New Dawn TMS Psychiatry team.

Our staff members are following the recommendations set up for medical providers, and we have increased our office sterilization processes to make in-office visits safer. 

However, if you aren’t comfortable coming to the office, you should still follow up with us by phone so we can monitor your condition.

Lean on your support team

Seek out the people in your life who are positive and uplifting. 

Even if you can’t be together in person, technology provides numerous ways to contact those whom you care about, including email, video chat, and old-fashioned phone calls.

When you’re feeling afraid, anxious, or overwhelmed, talking to someone else can change your perspective and help you feel less alone in the situation.

Limit your exposure to the media

Instead of keeping the news on all day, listen to your favorite songs or read a good book. Too much exposure to news broadcasts and social media posts can be detrimental to your mental health.

An overload of information can also be triggering for those with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. While you can find ways to stay up-to-date about COVID-19, limit how much information you’re taking in each day.

Protect your physical health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists a variety of things you can do to avoid getting the virus, such as regular hand washing, wearing a mask, and avoiding large crowds.

While you may not be able to go to your favorite restaurant yet, you can get some fresh air. Go for a walk or run around the block for a change of scenery. Exercising can boost both your mental and physical health.

If you’re showing signs of illness, especially fever, cough, or shortness of breath, contact your family doctor as soon as possible to discuss your options for COVID-19 testing.

If you need help managing your symptoms or have concerns about your mental health, call Amr Beltagui, MD at 909-217-7785 or request a consultation online today.

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