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The Problem With the Phrase 'COVID Anxiety Syndrome'

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I’ve always been on the hypervigilant side– perhaps because of my trauma, my anxiety or just my nature. I’m generally a bit too cautious, too calculated, too hesitant, too risk averse and too pessimistic about outcomes.

It’s something I’ve been working on, because I know it’s not the healthiest, but it’s how I cope. So, last year when COVID-19 hit and hypervigilance became the norm rather than a possible trauma response, it was a bit jarring.

Suddenly, actions that would have been pathologized like constantly washing and sanitizing our hands, avoiding touching public surfaces, wearing masks and avoiding human contact out of fear of germ transmission became the norm.

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