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is anyone else having a non-reaction to the pandemic?

i don't mean not taking it seriously -- i've been keeping up with the news, social distancing, self isolating, and only going out for essentials. i understand the severity of what's going on. i just don't seem to have any kind of emotional reaction. i feel like my brain has put me on autopilot so i don't freak out. sometimes at night while i'm trying to fall asleep, i worry. but during the day i feel fine.

i think it'll hit me later, emotionally. in the past i've had delayed responses to upsetting situations/trauma. i'm showing some physical signs of stress, like excessive skin picking, an increased desire to hide and sleep all day, and lousy concentration. i just don't really feel anything.

wondering if anyone else is feeling this way.

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very much so

 

brain cooties is worst when things don't align with the situation

 

loud crickets chirping, i panic

 

actual global crisese i'm cool as ice, for the most part

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I’m so much busier now than I was before our stay at home order. It helps me; I’ve always been good in a crisis. It’s day to day life I can’t handle.

Between CB and trying to figure out how to deliver tele-support groups to the members of the autism non-profit I volunteer for, and keeping up with other friends and family who are freaking out, I can channel my worry into useful action. It also helps not to read too much news.

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I'm actually more involved in politics now than I ever have been, and angrier than I ever have been at the government. Now I'm shutting down because I don't have the coping mechanisms to deal with all the anger from all the news I'm reading about how poorly the US is handling this.

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21 hours ago, echolocation said:

i think it'll hit me later, emotionally. in the past i've had delayed responses to upsetting situations/trauma.

I've had this pattern with a lot of things in the past. I'm not having it so much with the current situation (though it hitting me still comes in waves). I can definitely relate to what you describe

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I'd say I'm having an atypical reaction, at least.

In high-stress or crisis-type situations, I tend to sort of get switched on, so at first my depression was a little better... I'm definitely angrier though. Since everyone's being forced to socialize online, I'm having much more social contact than usual, so that's been good. The good feelings are of course confusing and weird in the context, and don't reflect my um... objective feelings (?) about the situation.

Now I have a looming financial and medical crisis, so all bets are off.

 

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