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Psychologists say mental health challenges could arise post-pandemic

New set of mental health challenges post COVID-19
Posted at 9:50 PM, Dec 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-19 23:50:47-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — COLORADO SPRINGS — In the early stages of the coronavirus, many struggled with the uncertainty of not knowing what was going to happen.

That unpredictability forced us to change a lot in our day to day routines.

"Everyone was scrambling to figure out what to do," said Dr. Lindsay Coyle.

Whether it's working from home, or teaching your 3rd grader long division at the kitchen table, we adapted.

"There are so many different factors that we have had to get used to," said Dr. Coyle.

Fast forward eight months and we are here in December, with a vaccine. So does that mean once everyone receives the vaccine life can go back to normal? Well according to Dr. Lindsay Coyle, not so much.

"I think it is going to look different. I think people will have different problems than they did before," said Dr. Coyle.

Dr. Coyle says a new set of mental health challenges can present themselves.

"People might reach out for different reasons now than prior."

When life slowly returns to how it was pre-pandemic, we might ask ourselves, "How do we re-connect? How do we come full circle?"

Coyle says although there is a vaccine, many might just have the element of fear to go back out

"Now they have to figure out how am I going to go back to work? Or what is my life going to look like if I don't recover or improve?"

So what can we do to be pro-active? Coyle suggests we break it down into smaller pieces. In doing so, she uses the work setting as an example.

"Everybody has their different level of comfort with COVID. I think assessing your own situation and definitely trying to work with your co-workers or your boss."

Meaning if you really aren't comfortable going back into work quite yet, you can communicate your concerns early on.

Most importantly, if you recognize yourself feeling a bit anxious, "It's okay to reach out and get that help," said Coyle.

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