Psychologist compares pandemic stress to marathon - The Commons

A psychologist at the Brattleboro Retreat catalogues the difficulties of living under a pandemic: personal upheaval, anxiety, depression, illness. It’s a long slog and unlike a marathon, we don’t know when it will end.

““This is like a major social psychological experiment, except it’s real,” she adds. As a clinical director of outpatient psychotherapy at Vermont’s largest mental health facility, Snyder had heard many a neighbor liken the lengthening pandemic to a marathon. She knows it’s an entirely different type of endurance test. “A marathon is 26-plus miles — there’s a start and a finish,” she says. “If we knew when this is going to end, that would bring us a great deal of structure. But we don’t have that right now, which is very hard for the human psyche.”"


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