Psychiatrist gives pointers on how to take care of your mental health during pandemic

With everything going on, it's become more and more important that we focus on our mental health and that of our loved ones.

Channel 2′s Justin Farmer talked to Dr. Shekhar Saxeena, a globally well-known psychiatrist, about what we should be doing and what we should be concerned about.

Farmer asked Saxeena how important it is for people's mental health to be able to talk to people beyond those just in our immediate household.

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"Absolutely, we are social animals and we need interaction and social contact and also social support," Saxeena said. "All of that is vital for our well being."

Saxeena said major red flags to lookout for where you may think about calling a professional are if you are not able to take care of yourself or the needs of others.

"If you are working, it interferes with that. If you’re study, it affects that,' Saxeena said. “If it interferes with your sleep and appetite. What we need at this time is physical distancing to keep us safe, but we actually need even more social connectedness.”


Saxeena said there is some silver lining to having to take a worldwide pause.

"As individuals, we introspect and think about what's truly important for our lives, rather than running in the same direction without thinking too much," Saxeena said.

Saxeena said it’s really a good time to give yourself and your loved ones a break.