The American Psychiatric Association (2013) defines adjustment disorder as the presence of emotional or behavioral symptoms in response to an identifiable stressor(s) occurring within 3 months of the onset of the stressor(s). Many of us were stressed before COVID-19. Now that our stress levels have increased, it can be hard to adjust during this stress-storm. The COVID-19 pandemic has required a lot of us to adjust in ways that we may not have imagined. Adjusting to change is not easy however; the more we resist, the more we will struggle with our current reality.
Some of us have been feeling heaviness and dejection to the point of barely being able to function. COVID-19 is an overwhelming experience that many of us do not have the ability to properly process and cope day to day with these presenting challenges on our own.
Right now, you might be feeling lost, worthless and depressed or other emotions like anger, fear of the future, grief or despair. COVID-19 is an external circumstance that can bring about situational depression or anxiety. The loss of being able to have human connection alone is depressing. Since our interactions are extremely limited, here are 9 ways I hope are helpful towards adjusting to our current circumstances.
I am a loving and perceptive therapist. I helps professional women of color! I work collaboratively with my clients to build their self-confidence. We identify tools that are needed to build a career and live a life worth living! I listen quietly and attentively remembering details to tell truths that need to be spoken.