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Lincoln – As coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world, it's normal to be worried about catching it – and that's causing rising anxiety levels globally.
In addition to following processes intended to protect physical health, it's important to pay attention to mental health related to the outbreak.
“An outbreak like this affects everyone, and an emotional response to its impact is normal," said Mikayla Johnson, disaster behavioral health coordinator and administrator for the Division of Behavioral Health. “However, don't allow worries about the virus to control your life."
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations such as an infectious disease outbreak that requires social distancing, quarantine, or isolation. People may feel:
How can you manage your fears and anxieties during an outbreak?
If you are feeling overwhelmed with emotions such as sadness, depression, anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or someone else, call 911, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or the Nebraska Family Helpline, (800) 866-8660.