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Posted 12 March 2020 - 07:25 AM

It was inevitable, right?


Well your IUN has taken the plunge, and found a very useful post which I feel will help everyone. Obviously, those with anxiety and panic disorder will be prone to feeling the effects of concern about the virus, but the hype is responsible for a lot of this. So, please read the article below as written by Professor Kevin Gournay (Emeritus Psychology Professor at Kings College London) and in true British style... "Keep calm and carry on" :)


Take care guys - my thoughts and prayers are with you all - members and visitors alike





Of course the Corona Virus is a worry for us all. Indeed, I think it uncontentious to state that many anxiety sufferers will probably worry more than most and maybe even catastrophise the situation.
To reduce worry, it is worth bearing in mind several things:
• Corona Virus does lead to deaths in a small proportion of the population, but the vast majority of sufferers will recover and many will only experience mild symptoms. This is not Spanish Flu or Ebola!!!
• We had a similar outbreak of viral illness in 2009 (Swine Flu) when there were more than 200 deaths in the UK and literally many thousands of sufferers. Have a look at the Wikipedia entry on this that describes, very accurately, the extent of that condition. One needs to remember that in the past ten years, social media sites have proliferated: news in all shapes and forms, reaches many more people. However, often we only get a headline on our phones and headlines may be misleading, and not give the whole picture. I would argue that if Swine Flu happened today we would see much more panic than in 2009
• If you are worried, look at the detail of what the Chief Medical Officer says and the various NHS websites. There are thousands of experts working behind the scenes (why isn’t this a headline in your favourite news outlet?). I know from personal experience that the NHS and Government have always had disaster plans (for all major threats – war, terrorism and YES – illnesses).
• There are of course threats to the economy that people deem catastrophic – however, pause – just have a think about real economic catastrophes – Venezuela, many parts of Africa etc. In the course of my career I did some International development work and visited countries where economic catastrophes prevailed – when I got home I often thought – thank God I live in the UK.
Take note of the facts:
1. Worrying rarely leads to a solution and the chance or you actually catching the Corona Virus is minimal. Even if you did catch it, most sufferers recover.
2. Focusing on the worst-case scenario only stops you enjoying the present moment.
3.Headlines can be misleading.
Professor Kevin Gournay 
Emeritus Professor:
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience: Kings College: London
Honorary Professor: Faculty of Medicine and Health: University of Sydney

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Posted 12 March 2020 - 09:10 AM

Spot on.

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Posted 12 March 2020 - 01:13 PM

Just learned that Justin Trudeau,prime minister of Canada, and his wife are in quarantine!!!!

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Posted 12 March 2020 - 01:19 PM

I think for me while I fully understand all the facts about the virus, it makes me nervous that getting the "flu" would affect me much more right now than it would before I got stuck in withdrawals. Basically I don't feel as confident as I did before this about my body's ability to easily handle an illness. In my head I assume that if I were to add feeling physically bad on top of my very delicate mental state, that I will just fall apart again. Also I've had a little bit of trouble breathing for the past couple months, either from anxiety or from beta blockers, or more likely both. And I know COVID-19 attacks the lungs specifically and makes it even harder to breathe, so it for sure freaks me out a bit! 


I mostly feel ok about the whole thing, in a sort of 'if it comes we'll deal with it then' type of way, but the unknown of how my body and mind will react to this in my current state is what causes me anxiety. 

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Posted 12 March 2020 - 04:29 PM

But the mortality stats land squarely with the elderly and those with pre-existing respiratory issues. For sure physical health overall can be a problem during withdrawal and recovery, but I am quite sure you would not be at risk in present circumstances. Your immune system would have fought off viruses or got worse - and it wouldn't come and go either - it would be there ALL the time.


Worry ye not pickle. 

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