Doctors, Nurses Bearing Heavy Burden, Psychiatrist Says

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Treating coronavirus patients has been difficult on many levels, and health care workers say it’s taken an emotional toll.

Northwestern School of Medicine Psychiatrist Dr. Joan Anzia has counseled more than two dozen front-line health care workers dealing with COVID-19 patients.

Among their issues: anxiety and not getting enough sleep.

“One of the main things is trying to get at least seven or eight hours of sleep; getting some exercise, even if it’s 30 minutes a day; eating regularly,” Anzia said Monday. “Try to keep a regular schedule: when you sleep, go to bed, when you wake up.”

Dr. Anzia says she recognizes that most of the rest of society — non-health care workers — are also going through a time of sadness and stress.

One piece of advice from her: Before you go to bed, think of three things that happened that day that you’re grateful for and write them down.

Anzia adds: “Sometimes this is when reading about heroes who went through great crises like FDR and Churchill really can be helpful.  You can get through tragedy."