Have you noticed your anxiety increasing as each news clip brings the Covid-19 virus closer to home? I have but I have a problem already with anxiety. I have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder which according to the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) affects about 40% of the American population. In the last two weeks or so, I have been feeling more uneasy and nervous.
I remember the sky the day we met.
I had a dream, a prophecy in sleep
As a Licensed Practical Nurse who has worked for over twenty years in psychiatric hospitals, there is one part of my life I have hid from my past employers and my patients: that I also struggle with mental illness and have been hospitalized. There is a word that explains why I haven’t shared what I call my “dark night of soul.” The word is stigma and it means a mark or label imposed by others that leads to devaluation and discrimination. Sociologist Erving Goffman in his ground breaking study in 1963 explained the origin of the word.