During this trying time, social distancing is being encouraged by society. But, what is not is social isolation. What isn't discussed are the effects of it. Social Isolation is a great concern and it's important you stay aware of it. When we live in Social Isolation, we can also experience a feeling of loneliness. There is a higher risk of poor health, including mental health issues. Some of those can include anxiety, moderate to severe depression, and cognitive decline. When someone is feeling lonely, it can increase the stress on the body. This can lead to increased inflammation and a decrease in the body's immunity. One important thing to remember is if you feel lonely, you're not alone.
In a ranking of the United States, Arizona is the second-worst for addressing mental health issues. Before the fear of COVID-19, 3 out of 5 Phoenicians reported being lonely. Recent studies in the United States show 40 million people suffer from some sort of fear and stress-related sickness/problem. Due to the current situation, that number is growing.
We are seeing substance abuse meetings shutting down. For young children and teens there is no longer a normal daily structure. And, because of health concerns older people are becoming more isolated.
While most businesses are slowing down, there is a higher demand for help around mental health issues. The fear and stress sicknesses/problems are found across the population; both adults and children fall victim to it's impact In a recent study, 96.2% of all quarantined COVID-19 survivors when discharged face the new health issue of PTSD. This virus is leaving lasting health concerns for people already pressured with life. If you or someone you know is being affected by COVID-19, please know we're here to help.
We want to be part of the solution. Pathways Counseling Services offers assistance through talk therapy, EMDR therapy and teaching DBT skills. The sessions can be in person, or via video conferencing.. Utilizing online video counseling is an easy and comfortable process, and offers the same kind of results.
Along with traditional talk therapy, our trained counselors offer EMDR. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an interactive therapy which helps with the processing for individuals struggling with PTSD and anxiety. We are experiencing positive results with this therapy, utilizing the online video platform.
Another approach for those struggling with anxiety is DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). DBT is a taught behavioral therapy that addresses an individual's approach towards their relationship with others, coping with stress and learning how to live in the present moment. Our clients are finding an easy transition to the online video counseling platform.
During this unknown and fear-stricken time, please consider your mental health. While Social Distancing is a reality, we encourage continuing your social connections. We are offering Telehealth/Video Counseling sessions to keep you mentally healthy and help eliminate feelings of loneliness.
We offer online groups at a discounted rate so each member can contribute and feel supported while being coached by their therapist. You can choose to work with your counselor one on one or with a group, whichever works best for you! You're not alone and we're here to help. Please remember that now more than ever, everyone is experiencing strain on their mental health and we are here for you.
Please don't neglect your mental well-being and reach out to us for support.