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As first published this month in Psychology Today. Covid-19 recommendations over the last year have called for social distancing measures. Masks, six feet of distance, and avoiding gatherings have all helped to reduce spread; however, they have also impacted connections with others. Warm and cozy hugs, in-person meetings, and joyful gathering rituals such as graduations…

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Under our masks, my new patients and I do not know how we really look.  My former patients and I recognize each other only through our eyes.  We are moving through this maddening 2020 year, not knowing when we will be the next one to contract the invisible virus that could end all the plans…

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Anjali Gupta, M.D., received her B.S. and M.D. from Northwestern University. Dr. Gupta completed her residency in Psychiatry at the University of Maryland Medical Center where she served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Dr. George U. Balis Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education. As faculty at the University of Maryland, she served…

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What good news it is to hear that several effective vaccines are on the horizon! This week, I had the pleasure of listening to a panel of experts made up of vaccine researchers and virologists, and those experienced with vaccine approval. They discussed the current state of development and what we can reasonably expect over the…

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HOW TO PROPERLY WEAR A MASK: Masks are very important to protect others from droplets that you might produce while speaking, coughing, sneezing or breathing. Please wear them in any public place, especially indoors to stop the spread of COVID 19. Below are the proper ways to wear a mask and to take it off.…

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Many of my friends do yoga or meditation, but I have not managed to do either of those. I have read some books about mindfulness and have tried to incorporate some of those practices with varying levels of success.  I wish to improve because mindfulness has been shown to be helpful to manage anxiety and…

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Knowledge is the best antidote to anxiety regarding the unknown. Based on questions from my patients, I composed a FAQs sheet, and a list of reliable resources.  There are many emails and videos out there that can make you more anxious, so try to limit your reading to reliable sources.  Importantly, try not to read about…

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For the past decade our Lady Docs community has met in person and on-line for intellectual discussion, physical challenge and emotional support. Over the past month, as the COVID-19 pandemic overtook our community, we have had to maintain physical distancing, but our intellectual and emotional connections are even more robust. These discussions have become more…

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