Covid-19, let’s not be overcome by fear

Covid-19, let's not be overcome by fear

Covid-19 is part of our lives: this does not mean that we must be overcome by fear, but that we must react and prevent it

We respect the rules. Let’s get vaccinated according to the proposed schemes, keep the distance and use masks. But let’s not let the Covid-19 pandemic, with the fatigue and the psychological impact it has on our being, somehow become the master of our lives. And let’s not let fears take over our wellbeing opportunities and affect our future.

In summary: we try to be careful and observe what is indicated to us, but we do not abdicate our life, perhaps thinking with resignation that “we will all take it anyway”. The step from attention to hypochondria can be very short, with heavy repercussions on our psychological well-being. To launch this recommendation are the presidents of the Italian Society of Psychiatry, Massimo di Giannantonio and Enrico Zanalda.

Pay attention to the words

Each person, mind you, responds subjectively to the stimuli imposed by the words you hear on TV and read in newspapers and on social networks. Even if the personality does not change, it is always necessary to have positive attitudes towards the fear of infection, in a kaleidoscope of perceptions that impact on psychological well-being. This means maintaining that clarity that allows us to face both denial and alarmism, passing from underestimation to excessive prudence.

It is therefore necessary to keep the bar straight, on the psychological front, modulating the reactions and integrating the awareness of what happened and the current and future risks of returning the infection. Thus we become aware and avoid attitudes of closure and excessive fear. Experts confirm this: to combat hypochondria together with the specialist treatment path in the most serious cases, it is necessary to adopt some useful strategies in everyday life.

“Some precautions can help to defuse the escalation in the compulsive manifestations of symptoms and to reduce their weight” – underline the two Presidents of the Italian Society of Psychiatry. Just refer to the great phenomena of the past such as the plague, the Spanish or the First World War: this way of speaking to Italians risks making people more sensitive instead of making the behaviors that can limit the spread of the virus more active and responsible. It is also fundamental to avoid talking only about illnesses and fears, because this does nothing but fuel anxiety, and reduce unnecessary and unjustified diagnostic checks “.

Pay attention to the perception of risk

Two years of pandemic – the first Italian case of Covid-19 is just a few weeks away, have had a heavy impact on the vision of the present and the future of many of us. But be careful. We must find the weapons to respond positively to this situation. “To say that Covid is transforming us into a society of the sick is not true but of hypochondriacs is a concrete danger – is the conclusion of the experts. The fact that every day we can face a health problem that concerns us personally or indirectly, is now present in the experience of all of us and risks altering and conditioning the perception of the disease, interpreting in an exaggerated way sensations of danger and malaise, with important repercussions. from the psychic point of view.

“A gigantic problem of experiences is being raised” – specifies di Giannantonio. We are all subjected to a continuous stress generated by the thought of the relationship with the disease, with ourselves and with others, as potential vehicles of infection and contagion. By now, Italians are all called to self-test on their own body and a sneeze is enough to insinuate the doubt of being infected. All this increases the fear of getting sick which can become an out-of-control element and make people excessively vulnerable to the perception of potential risk, even in the face of real situations, where there is no risk “.

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