Professor of Psychology William Sanderson and his doctoral students have created a website that provides therapeutic advice to help people cope with pandemic-related psychological distress.
The name of the website is “Coping with Fear and Sadness During a Pandemic: Don’t Give In To Or Fight Your Feelings, Learn to Manage Them.” Dr. Sanderson is director of the Anxiety and Depression Treatment Program at the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center. The doctoral students who collaborated with him on the site are Vinushini Arunagiri, Allison Funk, Karen Ginsburg, Jacqueline K. Krychiw, Anne R. Limowski, Olenka S. Olesnycky, and Zoe Stout.
Dr. Sanderson writes in the introduction: “Clearly, COVID represents a potential physical and medical threat for everyone. However, our concern, based upon what we know about anxiety and depression, is that the mental health effects will become the greatest challenge for most of us — not the physical/medical effects — and our emotional responses can potentially have a long lasting impact beyond the current pandemic. Unfortunately, as a result of this global crisis, we are all serving in an enormous social experiment that will allow us to determine the impact of chronic fear, social isolation, and significant disruption of people’s day to day lives.”