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Coronavirus is a 'personal nightmare' for people with OCD and anxiety disorders

Sarah Mergens showed signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder long before she was diagnosed with it as an adult. It initially took the shape of harmless quirks, like organizing dinosaur toys by shape and color. More debilitating symptoms crept in as she got older, such as being afraid of public doorknobs or worrying that she'd use a bad egg when baking and cause someone she loves to become ill.

As an adult, Mergens, 27, held her OCD symptoms at bay through exposure and response prevention therapy, supportive friends and family and internal pep talks. Then COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, began to spread and threatened to set her back on the progress she's made in convincing herself that her fear of circulating an illness is overblown. The virus, she said, is her "personal nightmare."

"I can't think of another event that's hit me like this has," said Mergens, a psychotherapist who lives in the Minneapolis area. "Suddenly everything that I told myself again and again until I believed it was true is in direct contradiction to what my boss, the government and the community were telling me."

Her thoughts became an endless stream of "what ifs." What would happen if she was quarantined? Will she contract the virus? Could someone she cares about die after getting the virus from her? When she washes her hands hourly or disinfects her entire office each day, she tells herself: "This is from the outside. This is not a Sarah thing. This is not OCD. This is necessary." But it doesn't stop her racing thoughts, and she worries that her extra vigilance will be hard to shake.

"I'm afraid that I'm going to want to continue those when the crisis is over," Mergens said of her constant hand-washing and sanitizing, "and as a result, really take steps back in my progress."

Unlike anything they've seen before

Over 2 million Americans are estimated to be affected by OCD, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Nearly 7 million people in the U.S. are affected by generalized anxiety disorder and about 6 million by panic disorder. While the concern about the COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of Americans from all walks of life, interviews with people with mental health issues — including anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD and panic disorder — as well as counselors who are treating them, reflect a particular chaos the virus has caused.

Many people with these disorders are going through a wave of similar emotions and thoughts. They fear getting someone else sick, even if they aren't showing symptoms. Those who already keep hand sanitizer and disinfectant with them at all times suddenly can't find those products at stores thanks to panic shoppers. Some behold the irony that their daily routine of hyper-cleanliness is suddenly everyone else's reality, while others feel thrown off by the government's telling them that to prevent coronavirus spread, they need to do all the excessive cleaning and isolating that they've previously tried not to do to control their mental health disorders.

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As more events, schools and services have been canceled, the nonprofit Crisis Text Line saw an increase in people reaching out for help because of the coronavirus, the intervention hotline said Monday. As of March 13, COVID-19 was mentioned in 15 percent of all conversations on the Crisis Text Line. On Reddit, forums for people with OCD are full of users sharing memes related to COVID-19 and their community, describing how social distancing is giving themmore time to worry and asking for support with the fear that has taken hold of them.

Mental health counselors say the wave of anxiety sweeping their patients in clinics is unlike anything they've seen before.

"This one is so broad, and you know everyone is being exposed to this particular fear — I think it's unraveling lots of folks," said Reid Wilson, director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center of Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

One of Wilson's OCD clients nearly canceled an appointment because they were concerned they had touched their nose too much and could give the coronavirus to Wilson, he said. Another, with generalized anxiety disorder, couldn't stop worrying about whether their daughter traveling from another country was at risk.

"Uncertainty is the basis of all anxiety disorders, so in some ways, COVID-19 has set a fire to the foundation of anxiety," said Christina Maxwell, a counselor at the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago.

Maxwell said every patient she's seen in the past few weeks has had anxiety related to COVID-19. She's also received calls from people who have never struggled with anxiety before but are now having difficulty coping with work or school changes, loss of income or being in close proximity to an estranged spouse for a long period of time.

"The concerns are numerous and severe," Maxwell said.

'Your normal has become everyone else's normal'

For Tam Sanders, 28, a Cincinnati resident, it's not the virus that makes her afraid; "it's other people's hysteria and panic that makes me most anxious."

"Suddenly everyone is like you. Suddenly everyone feels they need disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer as much as you feel you do, every single day of your life," Sanders said. "Your normal has become everyone else's normal."

A 24-year-old transgender man with social anxiety and panic disorder living in Hollywood, Florida, who has spent the past couple weeks trying to replenish their hand sanitizer, had a similar sentiment.

"I think most people without anxiety issues don't understand that for us with anxiety disorders, this fear everyone's feeling is our everyday life," said the man, who asked that their name not be published to protect their privacy. "If there's anything to take away from this terrible virus, it's that people finally understand how some of us feel every single day."

Molly Grace Larson, 20, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire who has been treated for panic disorder and OCD, said seeing panic buyers clear the shelves exacerbated her stress and made it more difficult for her to compartmentalize. She's become more neurotic about washing her hands lately, she said.

"It makes me feel like I'm not doing enough," Larson said. "Maybe I should be buying hand sanitizer in bulk. But I don't know — nobody really knows how best to respond to this kind of crisis."

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Faryl Zaklin, 48, who lives in San Diego, said she started canceling appointments and workouts in early March to mentally prepare herself for social distancing before businesses began closing, even though that meant depriving herself of tools she uses to manage her OCD. She worries that the fallout from COVID-19 could upend her progress, turning her back into a chronic hand-washer who often uses disposable gloves and struggles to leave the house.

"What's more scary to me is having an OCD relapse — that's worse than my fear of getting this virus," Zaklin said.

The most effective behavioral forms of treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder include exposure, response prevention and cognitive therapy, which require people to go through what they're most afraid of to realize that their fears are unfounded. So if people feel they must wash their hands every time they touch a door handle, this treatment would help lead them to see that nothing bad will happen if they don't. However, that isn't necessarily true right now.

"When everyone else comes on TV and starts saying 'wash your hands as often as you can,'" Wilson said, "that's opening that door for people with the disorders to give up their routines."

Wilson said he's offering similar advice to clients as he always has, encouraging them to set up rules they can follow, such as how often they'll allow themselves to clean their homes or when they'll wash their hands without impeding daily life.

"These worries pop up in your head, and you can't control that," Wilson said, "but you can control what you do next."

Tyler Kingkade is a national reporter for NBC News, based in Los Angeles.

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Everyone finds themselves feeling anxious from time to time, and it’s a completely normal human emotion in many life situations. However, for those who suffer from mental disorders, anxiety attacks and distress occur with a debilitating frequency that can seriously hamper a person’s quality of life.

Types of anxiety disorders range from social phobia and extreme self-consciousness to panic attacks, OCD, and more specific phobias of things like heights and bugs. Episodes come and often go at random; one day you could feel on top of the world while the next you are unable to leave the house or answer a phone call. Writing and deleting messages over and again to make sure you get just the right tone and select the appropriate emoji.

While mental health is certainly no laughing matter, sometimes the best medicine IS laughter. Bored Panda has compiled a list of funny posts and best Tweets that anxiety sufferers can totally relate to, check them out below, and have a chuckle at your own neurotic everyday problems. If nothing else, they will help you realize that anxiety is way more common than you think, and you’re certainly not alone!

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For Many People with Anxiety, Self-Care Just Doesn’t Work

ls it still #selfcare, if it just makes everything worse?

A few months ago, I decided to make some changes in my life to address my problems with anxiety.

I told my husband I was going to do one thing every day just for myself. I called it radical self-care, and I felt very good about it. I have two little kids and don’t get much time to myself, so the idea of doing one thing just for me, every single day, certainly felt radical.

I jumped in with both feet, insisting on taking a walk or spending time doing yoga or even just sitting alone on the porch to read a book every day. Nothing extreme, nothing Instagrammable.

Just 20 minutes of calm every day…

And at the end of the first week, I found myself sitting in the bathroom bawling and trembling and hyperventilating — having a full-on anxiety attack — because it was time for my “radical self-care.”

Needless to say, those were not the results I was expecting. It was just supposed to be a walk, but it sent me spiraling and I couldn’t do it.

For lots of folks with anxiety disorders, this kind of “self-care” just doesn’t work.

Self-care is having a moment

These days, self-care is touted as a balm for everything that ails you: from stress and insomnia, all the way to chronic physical illnesses, or mental illnesses like OCD and depression. Somewhere, someone is saying that self-care is exactly what you need to feel better.

And in many cases, it is.

Taking a break and doing something nice for yourself is good for you. Self-care can be a balm. But it isn’t always.

Sometimes, doing something for yourself just makes it worse, especially if you live with an anxiety disorder.

Roughly live with some sort of anxiety disorder, making it the most prevalent mental illness in the United States. So many people have anxiety, and so many people are finally talking about anxiety, that — for me at least — it feels like the stigma is starting to lift a little.

And with that openness and acceptance comes the prescriptive advice we often see filling up our newsfeeds — from the ever-present wellness articles to wholesome memes, much of which involve some sort of affirmation as self-care.

Self-care is fetishised and has become instagrammable
— Dr. Perpetua Neo

For many people with anxiety disorders, a trip to the spa, a nap, or an hour of people watching in the park might be something they really want to do — or feel like they should do. They try because they think they’re supposed to, or that it will help them get their thoughts under control and stop worrying about everything.

But it doesn’t help them feel better. It doesn’t stop the swirl of worry and anxiety and stress. It doesn’t help them focus or calm down.

For lots of folks with anxiety disorders, this kind of “self-care” just doesn’t work.

According to California therapist, Melinda Haynes, “Taking time to administer a healthy dose of self-care can trigger feelings of guilt (I should be working/cleaning/spending more time with my kids), or stir up unresolved feelings related to self-worth (I don’t deserve this or I’m not good enough for this).”

And this pretty much ruins the idea of self-care being helpful — it moves it over into the trigger category.

Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do
— Debbie Schneider, Healthline Facebook community member

Haynes explains that people who live with anxiety “typically cannot experience the simplicity or peace of ‘just self..’ There are too many to-dos and what-ifs flooding the mind and body at any given moment. Taking a timeout from the busy pace of life only highlights this irregularity… hence, the guilt or low self-worth.”

#selfcare #obsession

In our increasingly connected lives, social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram have become indispensable. We use them for work, for keeping in touch with friends and family, for shopping, for learning new things. But we also use them to show the world what we’re up to. We document and hashtag everything, even our self-care.

Especially our self-care.

“Self-care is fetishised and has become instagrammable,” Dr. Perpetua Neo explains. “People think there are checkboxes to tick, standards to upkeep, and yet they don’t understand why they do what they do.”

“If you find yourself obsessing over the ‘correct way’ to self-care, and feel like crap consistently after it, then it’s a big sign to stop,” she adds.

We can even search our social media to see what other people are doing to care for themselves — the hashtags are plentiful.

#selflove #selfcare #wellness #wellbeing

Dr. Kelsey Latimer, from the Center for Discovery in Florida, points out that “self-care would most likely not be associated with posting to social media unless it was a spontaneous post, as self-care is focused on being in the moment and tuning out the social pressures.”

And the social pressures around wellness are numerous.

Your self-care doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s.

The wellness industry has created space for improved mental health, yes, but it’s also morphed into just another way to be perfect — “like it’s easy to have the perfect diet, perfect body, and yes — even the perfect self-care routine.”

Latimer explains: “This in itself takes us out of the self-care process and into the pressure zone.”

If you feel strongly about developing a self-care practice, but don’t know how to make it work for you, discuss it with a mental health professional and work together to come up with a plan that helps instead of harms.

If it’s watching TV, watch TV. If it’s a bath, take a bath. If it’s sipping a unicorn latte, doing an hour of hot yoga, then sitting for a reiki session, do it. Your self-care is your business.

My experiment in radical self-care evolved over time. I stopped trying to do self-care,I stopped pushing it. I stopped doing what other people said should make me feel better and started doing what I know makes me feel better.

Your self-care doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s. It doesn’t need to have a hashtag. It just needs to be whatever makes you feel good.

Take care of yourself, even if that means skipping all the bells and whistles and not stressing yourself out. Because that is self-care too.


Kristi is a freelance writer and mother who spends most of her time caring for people other than herself. She’s frequently exhausted and compensates with an intense caffeine addiction. Find her on Twitter.

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45 Memes You Might Relate to If You're Anxious AF

Memes. In just a few short words and a funny picture, they can often perfectly describe what life with anxiety is really like. While there’s nothing funny about struggling with some of the worst symptoms of anxiety (overthinking, panic attacks and dissociation anyone?), sometimes a little self-aware humor can go a long way in making you feel less alone.

It’s true that memes can’t “cure” anxiety (we wish!), but sometimes they can bring a smile to your face when you’re struggling.

If you are anxious AF, this one’s for you:

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im like a hella chill person with hella anxiety

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wake up with anxiety meme

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me realizing have to make it through M-f again meme

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im pretty cool but I cry a lot meme

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I either reply in 0.2 seconds or 3-5 business days

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making plans in good mood vs. day actually have to go meme

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me, making a phone call: god I hope they don't answer meme

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hey there demons its me ya boy

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birthday cake thank you for tolerating me

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no one's ever gonna love you with that attitude meme

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are you alone? almost always meme

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first instinct is to say hello to dog, when I see people: go away meme

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This is my life #anxiety#mentalhealth#memepic.twitter.com/I4FiKLtV12

— Sarah A Illustration (@adairillustrate) February 9, 2018

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something bad is about to happen meme

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hold on, I've gotta overthink about it

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my life is falling apart but at least i have some rad socks

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actual photo of me on an emotional rollercoaster meme

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Holiday Party Necessity #memespic.twitter.com/ElmFzH8T3b

— Meme Bot (@MemebotBot) November 28, 2017

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things that annoy me: feelings, people, basically everything idk why I started making a list meme

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im going to have a pary and no one is invited nut me meme

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meme having friends is cool but have you ever cut everyone off

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one does not simply socialize with people meme

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missed call meme

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slides off daytime yoga pants puts on nighttime yoga pants

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what's wrong with you meme

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i say no worries a lot for a person who is full of worries

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meme: boyfriend shows love and commitment clearly he hates me and wants to break up

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sweating while ordering meme

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stress relief meme

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control enthusiast meme

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wanna hang out, nah I'm busy

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Lord of The Rings Meme on Living With a Anxiety Disorder https://t.co/Kg9aY3HrIOpic.twitter.com/5Ti4GGMXix

— Ezi2015 (@TheResilientEzi) September 3, 2017

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I’M DEAD ???????? #meme#anxiety#greasepic.twitter.com/yzJ3nb8d5K

— spaghetti queen ♔ (@SholaScarlett) November 2, 2017

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Can you relate? Let us know in the comments.

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When you think of anxiety, what do you think about?

Maybe you think of panic attacks that knock the wind out of you. Maybe you think of intrusive thoughts that just get “stuck” in your brain and don’t want to leave. Or maybe you think of the times you can’t get to sleep because your dear friend, “Anxiety,” decided to throw a party in your brain.

None of these are funny themselves, but sometimes having a (dark) sense of humor about your health experiences can help you get through them.

For anyone who can relate, we wanted to round up some relatable anxiety memes to (hopefully) bring a smile to your face today.

Unfortunately, memes can’t “cure” anxiety (especially when it feels crushing), but they can sometimes give you a small reprieve in the midst of your struggles.

Do you have a favorite anxiety meme? Download our app to share it with people in our community who “get” it.

Related:​ How I Manage My Time as an Anxious Mom of a Child With Disabilities

Here are some memes that might make you laugh if you live with “crushing” anxiety:

Meme text: my anxiety describing every social interaction I've ever had. Meme image: pressing button that says "cringe"

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meme text: anxiety: something bad is about to happen. me: what do you mean. anxiety: (meme image of person with a knowing look on face)

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meme text: single and ready to get nervous around anyone I find attractive

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meme text: my only advice is to marry someone who likes to leave parties at the same time you do

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meme text: If I had a penny for every anxious thought: meme image: penny factory pouring out pennies

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meme text: that one molecule of serotonin trying to keep me going through the day meme image: old man banging drum

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meme text: what essential oil is best for getting people to stop talking to you?

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meme text: "I'm really emotionally needy" picture of Jim from "The Office"

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meme with kermit waving hands in exasperation. Meme text: anxiety: they hate you/ me: who hates me/ anxiety:

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meme with shirt that says: "My neck, my back, my anxiety attacks"

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an accurate representation of myself: 5 % human 95% stress

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meme text: All I do is rotate three outfits and have panic attacks

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car with license plate that says; "struggln"

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meme text: What i ask for: snuggles. What I get: struggles

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me: I'm a very private person/ someone: hi / me: so i'll start by describing some of my lighter traumas before i get into the real bad stuff

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one evening 2 introverts met at a bar. Nobody started a conversation, Both had a lovely evening

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when you turn inward to work on yourself. Meme image: "there are more demons here than I rememeber"

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Meme text: my anxiety: somethings off/ me: how so? / anxiety: something's off / me: what/ anxiety: something's off

via Social Anxiety Disorder Memes Facebook page

If anxiety feels “crushing” today, you’re not alone. No matter what symptoms you may be experiencing — increased heart rate in social situations, panic attacks or anxiety-related aches and pains — we want you to know we see you.

Here are some other stories you may relate to:

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