Virtual life in the new normal

As a species, we’re so used to face-to-face contact, that it has been hard to get around the fact that many of our day-to-day contacts are having to be conducted virtually. This NCH article focuses on some of the emotions you may be feeling.

However, there is hope. An in-depth study conducted following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in America in 2001 found tremendous resilience among the population, which means that many of us will bounce back and that not everyone will be left with long-term mental health problems. You’re welcome to read the report in full – although it is quite lengthy, but I’ve taken the liberty of copying the following passage which comes under the headline ‘ Resilience and Recovery.

“Humans possess an impressive capacity to adapt to extremely adverse situations. Most studies of 9/11-related PTSD documented that significant proportions of the samples studied were either not affected or only minimally affected by the attacks. Resilient individuals have been found to manifest mild stress reactions in the immediate aftermath of disasters, but it has been shown that these reactions are not likely to significantly interfere with continued functioning and are typically of short duration.”

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