This first thread design represents life and emotions before COVID-19. Organized, structured, and patterned.
A woman was given a balled up pile of thread, representative of the tangling of those once clear emotions during COVID-19. Denise told the woman that her job was to help her untangle them. "She could not ever be the same but we are going to get her as much as possible," Denise said.
"Then.... I had her to take the string and make it as close to the old person as possible."
Scientists Anthony Charuvastra and Marylene Cloitre conducted a study in 2009, suggesting that social bonds greatly affect the development and maintenance of PTSD.
Investigative Reporter Olivia Goldhill recently published an article on Quartz titled, "Quarantine has a serious impact on mental health. Here's how to support yourself and others." Goldhill discusses the importance of recognizing the increase in anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges in this time of mandated isolation. Goldhill also relays advice from medical professionals on how to handle the extended periods of being alone, as well as the unsettling feelings associated with the uncertain future. Occupational Psychologist Sue Firth says that, "humans need the ability to make decisions and be in control, a sense of community and connection with others, and purpose or effectiveness."
Writer Lisa Fritscher shares varying perspectives of what Cabin Fever might entail, both now, in the coming weeks, in her article titled, "Cabin Fever Symptoms and Coping Skills." Some believe that Cabin Fever is linked to other disorders, while others say it is a syndrome in itself. Fritscher's article was medically reviewed by Carly Snyder, MD, and contains advice on how to cope with today's situation.