As anxiety rates climb, psychologist says 'question' thoughts

Posted at 8:04 AM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 11:04:33-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Watching the number of COVID-19 cases climb so close to the holidays is hard for many. Cases of anxiety and depression are sky-high right now.

The CDC reports, during late June 40% of U.S. adults reported struggling with mental health or substance abuse.

But psychologist Dr. Michelle Carcel says it's a case of mind over matter.

"A lot of times we just believe our thoughts," she said. "We just believe what we're thinking, and that can be very dangerous right now."

"We need to question what we're thinking," she explained, "step back and go 'gosh is this really fair to myself?'"

"Use curiosity and compassion," she added.

Dr. Carcel says a new study shows those adapting their routine to fit the pandemic are the ones thriving.

Adapting by exercising outside and making time to see friends outside and at a safe distance can make a difference.