The COVID crisis throws into relief what happens when grief has—quite literally—nowhere to go. The evidence suggests that most people summon strengths that surpass their own expectations.
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Thank you for this clarification - wouldn't it be great if we could all just pop a pill and feel better? But prescription meds all come with horrific side effects...and uncertain long-term health problems. I have heard story after story of someone with a physical symptom (say, IBS) which is causing "anxiety" ("where's the restroom? where's the restroom?") who is given an anti-anxiety med instead of probing into the real cause of the "anxiety." It is as though psychiatrists either never attended med school or snoozed through it. Probably 99% of people with "mental illness" need Omega 3s, Vitamin D, a decent diet (consisting mostly of vegetables), and coping skills - why is this not being done?
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