This presentation will review the development of anxiety felt by many during the course of the COVID19 pandemic. The impact of the increasing rates of anxiety and anxiety disorders in our communities will be examined with a particular emphasis on the persistence of fear and avoidance behaviors post-pandemic. Using a cognitive-behavioral conceptualization, factors contributing to enduring anxiety, such as fear conditioning and attentional bias, will be discussed. The current literature on COVID19 anxiety, case examples to illustrate a range of stress reactions, and anxiety management strategies for patients, as well as clinicians, will be reviewed. This presentation will provide an in-depth look into the challenges being faced by all during the transition back to “normal”.
The target audience for this continuing education program is mental health providers and clinicians working with individuals with mental health diagnoses. Materials are appropriate for learners with an introductory level of understanding about mental health concerns.