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Clinician Mental Health in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Melissa Shepard, MD and Neda Frayha, MD

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In this Hippo Education Short, psychiatrist Dr. Melissa Shepard sits down with Primary Care RAP host Dr. Neda Frayha for some real talk on the mental health challenges facing health care workers in the COVID-19 pandemic, and some concrete, tangible tools to help us get through this period. Spoiler alert: it’s more than yoga. 

Published on 4/28/20




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Another thing that helps with catastrophizing is not denying that the worst case scenario will happen but to understand that even our worst case scenario is not the end of the world. So for example, in relation to the fear of dying, for many physicians, it is not actually about dying but what will happen to our family, our kids, our obligations, which adds to the whole catastrophe. What can help with this is writing a will and even talking to your family about what might happen if you do pass away. It's therapeutic, catarrhic, and relieving to see that the "end of the world" is not even "the end of the world." Have the difficult conversations now about who your children will stay with, remarriage of a surviving spouse, and how your funeral will happen in the era of social distancing. I know it's morbid but paradoxically, it may help you feel better to verbalize these thoughts which you are pushing away anyway. And having a better sense of what will happen after you die will actually change the concept of death in your mind as not truly being as much of "the end of the world" as you are imagining.

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