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The Importance of Managing Coronavirus Anxiety

Ziv Cohen, faculty
Weill Cornell Medicine, New York City
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Given all the dire news, it's natural to feel concerned and anxious—but it's also important to not let those feelings overwhelm you and to develop ways to manage your stress, says Dr. Ziv Cohen, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. 

"With the coronavirus pandemic, there are realistic concerns we all have about our health and the health of our loved ones," Cohen says. "People are worried about their physical health and economic security. If you're worrying, it doesn't mean you have a disorder. It can be a healthy response. Our ability to feel anxiety is actually helpful in being able to face challenges."

Too much worry, though, can be counterproductive. "Anxiety becomes a problem when you're feeling it all the time and when it reaches such a level of intensity that it's hard for you to function," Cohen says.