Donna is a Professor of Technical and Professional Communication with a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Professional Communication. She is 63, with no underlying health conditions, and says she is self-isolating because she fears she will contract coronavirus. At the time of this interview, it had been 11 days since she last left her home.

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“It’s getting to me, and I am depressed,” says Donna, noting that she has also started obsessing over what she sees in the news, and is finding it difficult to stay motivated. She says she’s worried her mental health will suffer if the need to self-isolate continues for too much longer.

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“Your mental health is just as important, if not more important than your physical health,” says Dr. Phil in the video above.

Tune in to Thursday’s episode to find out what strategies he says people can take to help combat depression, calm anxieties, and maintain a positive outlook.

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