My Mental Health Issues Are Helping Me Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety

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The heightened sense of collective stress about COVID-19 hasn’t taken my anxiety away, but it *has* made me feel less trapped with it

I started overbuying toilet paper long before the novel coronavirus came on my radar. I know it’s totally irrational to buy more than I need when there is no imminent threat of a shortage. Growing up, my mom used to do the same, and I would always criticize her habit. That is, until she passed away unexpectedly a few years ago, and I suddenly found myself exhibiting the very behaviour I used to mock. In the years since, I’ve come to realize our illogical behaviour was a coping mechanism we developed in response to our own experiences of trauma; an attempt to prevent us from ever feeling out of control again. 

But no matter how much my anxiety has led me to catastrophize in the past, even I couldn’t have ever…

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