I have recently had several requests from ex-patients who would like me to write a note to their employer exempting them from wearing a mask because of anxiety, panic, or “claustrophobia.”
Since we started this “shelter-in-place,” my husband has been driving me crazy. He’s restless, bored, anxious (although he wouldn’t admit that), and constantly wanting to be busy with activities that include me. I need some space. Help! What do I do?
Dear Dr. Alan: You have written a few times about different aspects of depression and anxiety, and also a little about anger and meanness. Can you say more about anger? I’m seeing more anger in people than depression lately, and I assume that this is connected to the virus.
This is embarrassing, but I find myself scared and anxious about Covid. I’m afraid to leave the house, and I’ve had several anxiety attacks, worrying sick about catching the virus. Some of my friends laugh it off and think I’m overreacting. Am I overreacting? Am I just being paranoid?
A long term friend has lately become mean-spirited. Many of his friends agree and some have even told him he’s being mean. We all think the lockdown has affected him. He is very social and is probably feeling the distancing more than others. How do we deal with him? Do we write him off or confront him?