Therapist will see you now…

So much circumstantial evidence… just what could it be telling us?

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An email has come in from Jen:

Sometimes I am okay but other times I can’t seem to stop crying, sometimes I panic that I have caught the virus but, mostly my heart breaks for my parents who have lost their freedom and I miss them terribly.

And then the guilt for feeling so up and down.  My husband hasn’t shown any emotion and just thinks about going to work.

I’ve found walking, moving and yoga helps a lot. Are there any supplements that you would recommend? I’ve heard good things about 5-HTP.

Dear Jen,

How about a nice big cup of shut the fuck up?

Let me know how it goes (don’t).

We have had an email in from Jane:

​I am aged 60 and single contentedly going along with my part time job and also rental income from a restaurant. Since lockdown my part time job has gone (I dont get paid as I am self employed) and the restaurant has asked for a 6 months rent holiday. Understandably in these circumstances.

I feel very panicky as my income as disappeared.  I may get a little back from the government.I also enjoyed my part time job in a solicitors but am not sure it will come back. So I am grieving that as well.

I am struggling to keep positive for the future and whether I can keep my house as I still have a mortgage.

If you could give me some advice to keep positive I would be very grateful.

Dear Jane,

Chin up, love. You’ll be dead soon.

Another question via email from Kate:

I am very concerned about the mental health damage long term this lockdown is having on children. My nephew burst into tears the other day because his mother handed him a chocolate and he said he couldn’t eat it because she had touched it and it had virus on it. What resources are there to ensure that this situation does not cause long term mental health issues for children.

You’re right to be concerned, Kate.

Children can easily be damaged by overexposure to a neurotic mother. There’s an urgent need for fruit-pickers, so why not pack them off with a sandwich and a one-way ticket to East Anglia?

We’ve had a question in from Charlie via email:

​Hi Bryony,

As this lockdown continues to drag on, it continues to take its toll. In particular my partner has been really struggling often breaking down in to tears and in unable to focus on anything including her work. It sounds selfish but I am now really struggling as there doesn’t seem to be anything I can do to help and often if I do something I end up making it worse but doing nothing or just listening also doesn’t seem to help. She had been seeing a councillor prior to the lock down and she thought it was helping.

However, since the lockdown she has been unable to go see her councillor and the councillor will not do anything over the phone. My partner has been given recommendations for a new councillor who will do thing over the phone but she is reluctant to speak to anyone she hasn’t met before given she had made so much progress with her last councillor.

I am beginning to get frustrated there is nothing I can do and this is beginning to come through which makes things a lot worse for my partner who is already struggling and feeling guilty.

What is the best way to support someone who is struggling with the lockdown? What advice can I give to my partner who is clearly struggling with day to day life.

Hi Charlie,

Tell your partner that she should definitely dump you, because you’re a spineless millennial faggot.

Do you have any pics? I’m guessing she’s a fatty, since she sees a counsellor.

and an email from Julie Mc Mahon

Hi Bryony, Hope you are okay today. I work for the NHS in front line mental health services. I am not so much worried about me, personally I think my mental health has improved since lock down, with some lows. I have eliminated a lot of negative behaviour and habits that just were not serving me. The lows are just worrying about family, stuff that I cannot control. I am unable to travel to Ireland, and feel stuck here. I just wonder is there any box I can put that stuff in? It comes up every week, and if I don’t tend to it in time, it results in a very low mood and sense of panic.

Dear Julie,

You shouldn’t be worried about not being able to travel to Ireland. The Wuhan deaths-per-million over there are huge.

As for your other worries, there’s a big empty box labelled “How many potatoes it takes to kill an Irishman.” Just use that one.

a question over email from Jenn:

I’ve had OCD since I can remember. It ranges from checking plugs, doors etc a certain number of times to intrusive thoughts which my compulsion is to shake my head to ‘remove.’ I’ve been to CBT and found that helped. I tried sertraline for a while but didn’t like the side effects.

But I’ve also had health anxiety googling symptoms constantly. Going to doctors for reassurance. Both conditions are getting worse during lockdown especially health anxiety. Do you have any advice? My worry about my health and coronavirus is really strong at the minute.

Dear Jenn,

The phone and keyboard are known to harbour more germs than any other household item. You’d do well to stop using them.



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