Dealing with Pandemic Panic

In this stressful time of uncertainty, while many parents are dealing with anxious children–of all ages–and the worries of working at home and/or “Do I Still Have A Job?”, it gives us a (little) comfort to take charge of our lives. When you have the ability to spot the signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety, it might be easier for you to work toward solving the problem.

Symptoms of stress that are apparent for all ages include:

  • restlessness
  • fatigue
  • trouble concentrating
  • irritability
  • muscle tension
  • trouble sleeping

For more information on signs and how to handle them, read the entire article.

If you or someone you love are having difficulty dealing with anxiety you can also reach out to help lines.  You can go to:

National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255

Text CONNECT to 741741.

If you are in:

Allegheny County: call Re:Solve at 888-796-8226.

Butler County: call CCR crisis services at 800-292-3866

Crawford County: call CHAPS at 814-337-2372

Dauphin County: call the crisis line at UPMC 800-300-9558

Erie County: call the crisis hotline at 800-300-9558

Forest and Warren County: call 814-726-8413 (8:30-5:00pm)  800-406-1255 (after 5pm, weekends and holidays)

Green County: call SPHS CARE Center crisis hotline 800-417-9460

Lawrence County: call crisis hotline at 724-652-9000

Mercer County: call Mercer County Crisis Intervention at 724-662-2227

Washington County: call the crisis hotline at 877-225-3567

York County: call York Hospital Crisis Intervention Services at 717-851-5320

You DO NOT need to be suicidal or in crisis to call.

For further information, visit the UPMC site.