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WVU expert offers tips to help re-enter society post COVID-19 pandemic

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 5:24 PM EDT
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va (WDTV) - The United States may be returning to normalcy soon after more than a year-long pandemic. Dr. Kevin Larkin, Chair of the West Virginia University Department of Psychology compares re-entering society to entering the deep end of a cold pool.

“You can either dip your toe into the shallow part or dive headfirst into the deep end,” he said.

Larkin, who’s cared for patients with anxiety issues through his career, believes many may hesitate with decision-making that they would brush off as normal, like eating inside restaurants.

“I think it’s a common problem for all of us, myself included,” said Larkin. “When you’ve not been out in in the community for a while then sometimes when you start doing something you haven’t done for a while, there’s going to be a normal amount of anxiety.”

For those struggling with readjusting, Larkins advises to give it some time and know that experiencing some degree of anxiety is normal and not dangerous.

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