Arizona Well being Care Employees Struggling With Stress and Despair – AZFamily
PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – They are fighting on the front lines and many of them are battling their own stress and depression.
"It's a fight, but I'm trying to get my way," said Kara Geren, an emergency doctor with Valleywise Health.
She knows firsthand the mental burden of COVID-19 on frontline workers.
"It's a fight, but I'm trying to get my way," said Kara Geren.
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"It grows and shrinks," said Geren. "For me personally, the work is stressful, but it has become a new normal."
Phoenix psychologist Dr. Melissa Estavillo said many health care workers face depression and stress.
"Burnout is probably one of the first things they experience, feeling like they are just doing their job, still trudging away, feeling like it is harder to get it done, having the same energy to do the job to be able to do. "said Estavillo. "Ideally, the solution is that they don't work as much or that they have extra staff or resources."
As we enter a second steep phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, cases are breaking records and patients are pushing hospitals to the limit of capacity.
Given the demand for more healthcare workers during COVID-19, she said this was not an option for many people.
"It's stressful for everyone, and I think part of it is acknowledging the stress and getting the help you need," Geren said.
At the beginning of the pandemic, Geren was concerned about bringing COVID-19 home and moved out of her home for a month.
"My husband and I were very sad. My daughter was very sad and depressed," said Geren.
She is back home but still worries for her family's health.
"It just wasn't sustainable not living at home," said Geren. "It just wasn't an option in the long run for anyone's sanity."
Healthcare workers should not postpone counseling and self-care.
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"When we're apart from family and friends, those are the things that fill us," said Estavillo. "Digital and zoom media aren't great substitutes, but they are something."
Estavillo said health care workers shouldn't put off counseling and self-care.
"If your mental health isn't as strong as it needs to be, then we know your immune system will be physically weakened and you will be more affected by COVID," said Estavillo.
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