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What lies at the heart of your coronavirus fear?

In order to evaluate the effects of coronaphobia on our lives, it is necessary to recognize this fear and process step by step. Underlining that it is a very basic and understandable feeling to be afraid of a transmitted disease during the pandemic period, Specialist Clinical Psychologist Deniz Keskin says:

"Together, within a few months, we have undergon a great change in our lives. Sometimes we are closest to us and every day we have the disease and loss in the newspaper, on television, on social media. All this happened too fast and caught us off guard. Mental reactions that are expected to be shaken, helpless, afraid and anxious in such a process."


So, what is coronaphobia really fear? Our answer to this question is important to understand the impact of the pandemic process on us. "The fears triggered by the coronavirus are varied and can change depending on social changes both from person to person and the pandemic process," said Specialist Clinical Psychologist Deniz Keskin, listing the most common types of coronaphobia as "going out of the house, being alone at home, crowding, hurting someone they love, being harmed by a relative or stranger." Deniz Keskin, who mentioned that the European Asthma and Allergy Association issued a statement called "Loneliness of the Cougher", started to explain to those around him such as 'I was in the wind yesterday', 'Something stuck in my throat', 'I am allergic to pollen'. People are as afraid of loneliness and otherness as they are of disease. This shows how much our mental health has been shaken."

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Expert Clinical Psychologist Deniz Keskin emphasizes that it is important to get support and remember that we are not alone in dealing with coronaphobia and the anxieties brought about by the pandemic period.

"Although the expression that settles in our language is 'social distance', we should try to improve social solidarity by maintaining our physical distance. Creating routines within our personal means, staying in touch with relatives we trust, sharing thoughts that confuse us, scare us and say 'no', being able to refuse if we are not ready to enter the crowd, reminding them when those with us do not follow a common rule. It's especially important to be able to say 'no' and remind you of the rules. Because as a society, we have difficulty limiting the ranger in all areas of life."


Pointing out that fear and anger increase when there are no common decisions, rules that everyone follows, Specialist Clinical Psychologist Deniz Keskin said, "It is worrying in itself to read the news of those who are abused in different places because they do not wear masks. Chaos is one of the most avoidable situations in the pandemic, as in a natural disaster. The sense of control is the key emotion we're looking for here. It is vital to be able to slow down as long as conditions allow, to maintain the boundaries that we feel safe in, to cope with our coronavirus-triggered concerns."

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