Although the numbers keep changing as the coronavirus continues to spread, it is currently estimated that as many as 28% of all senior citizens and a quarter of all adults are practicing physical isolation in the hope that they can avoid contracting COVID-19.

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Donna, a 63-year-old college professor and widow, says she knows she is at higher risk for developing serious complications from the disease if she should get it. But, she says, she is starting to feel depressed after self-isolating with only her dogs for company.

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“I find myself getting up, not getting dressed, sitting in my pajamas – trying to remember when I took a shower last – and that’s not who I want to be,” she says, noting that even though she is still working and teaching online - she is losing her sense of purpose.

“You’ve recognized some of the warning signs,” says Dr. Phil, referring to Donna’s current circumstances as a “social recession.”

On Thursday’s episode, he shares steps that Donna can take to help restore a sense of normalcy in her life. Check here to find out where you can watch.


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