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Lockdown Lowdown is a segment on Tuesday's and Thursdays at 13.40 where EB Inglis brings in experts to chat about various topics that could help us during the national lockdown period.

In this episode of Lockdown Lowdown, EB tackles how the lockdown may affect those living with anxiety issues, and how they cope during this uncertain period.

He speaks with Dr David Rosenstein, a Clinical Psychologist based at the Vincent Pallotti Hospital.

We don't have hard and fast clinical or what we call epidemiological data, so information on the effects of mental health yet.

- Dr David Rosenstein, Clinical Psychologist

It would quite likely make things more difficult with someone who has an anxiety disorder.

- Dr David Rosenstein, Clinical Psychologist

One of the biggest things about lockdown, is that it introduces massive uncertainty on many levels. On our physical health, the well-being of our family, the economy etc.

- Dr David Rosenstein, Clinical Psychologist

One of the big components or aspects of anxiety disorders is rumination, sort of dwelling and going over the things that you're worrying about that could happen. And when you are alone or faced with greater amounts of uncertainty there's more likelihood for your mind to wander into rumination.

- Dr David Rosenstein, Clinical Psychologist

If you can't reach a mental health professional, and we're all moving on to telehealth or online programs, is to try find ways to not spend too much time on the uncertainty. Problems that you cannot solve, they're only going to get you deeper in your anxiety.

- Dr David Rosenstein, Clinical Psychologist

Dr Rosenstein recommends healthy distractions.

Learning to meditate is fantastic and there's some good evidence about meditation... There's a couple good apps like Calm and Headspace.

- Dr David Rosenstein, Clinical Psychologist

If you notice that you're going round and round in circles, on a particular thought, like worrying about finances or worrying about things beyond your control, trying to delay that and coming back to it later - it's a tactic we use in a type of therapy we call Cognitive Behaviour Therapy called delaying your worry.

- Dr David Rosenstein, Clinical Psychologist

Listen below for EB Inglis' full interview with Dr David Rosenstein.

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