Recognizing Re-Entry Anxiety in a Post-Pandemic World

The idea of re-entering society during a post-pandemic world might be stressful to some, particularly for those living with Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders. Join Kenneth W. Phelps, Ph.D. as he reviews findings from the 2021 American Psychological Association’s Stress in America Survey, discusses strategies to cope effectively with re-entry anxiety, and explores ways to build resilience in the wake of the pandemic.

Key Takeaways:

1. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant mental health implications with emerging adults (Gen Z) rating their mental health as most impacted compared to other generations.
2. Pandemic related stress has led to substantial health consequences (e.g. weight gain, substance use, disrupted sleep).
3. Setting achievable goals, mindfulness, and self-compassion may play a crucial role in successful re-entry.

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About Kenneth W. Phelps, Ph.D.

Kenneth W. Phelps, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Prisma Health – University of South Carolina Medical Group. Phelps co-leads the Tic and Tourette Center of South Carolina (TiC SC) and serves as faculty within the Behavioral Therapy Institute (BTI) of the Tourette Association of America. Dr. Phelps specializes in the therapeutic care of youth through emerging adults with tic disorders, OCD, and relational difficulties.