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The current situation is extremely troubling for people with mental illnesses, says author and professor Andrew Solomon. Some people can weather the storm, but those who already have a diagnosis of acute anxiety or depression are likely to be triggered. “Part of our daily project is to prevent the rational anxiety we feel about coronavirus from escalating into an acute clinical episode. This is a time to be open to be open to the variety of interventions that may be effective. It is important to recognise that humans are social animals and that human companionship is one of the things that keeps us going.

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