The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines quarantine as separating and restricting the movement of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease to see if they then become ill. Because some diseases can be contagious even if people do not yet have symptoms, this step minimizes the spread of the illness during the asymptomatic period.
The American Psychological Association reports that social isolation carries a number of health risks. Feeling isolated can lead to poor sleep, poor cardiovascular health, lower immunity, depressive symptoms, and impaired executive function. When your brain and body experiences stress, you may find it more difficult to focus, manage your emotions, remember information, and follow directions.
It is important to continue with your mental health treatment during this time of being at home to minimize your risk of being exposed to a contagious disease. You can participate in counseling via telehealth which is simply doing your counseling session through phone or video.
Over the past few weeks, I have been working with current and new clients and they have expressed how easy it is to do counseling sessions with me online. If you want help with your mental health during this stressful time, reach out to me at www.lorettaparkerlmft.com and schedule your online counseling session today.