I know a few doctors who suddenly have a lot of free time as they do not work in an emergent field. I also noticed that the number of medical processionals answering questions on
r/askdocs has tanked.
Similarly- there are more people on r/anxiety who are in that nasty cycle of being afraid of covid which can make you feel short of breath and now you are more afraid you have covid. Lots of fellow redditors with anxiety and ocd and other conditions are really struggling right now.
Of course online advice is no supplement for seeing a doctor and I’m sure there are a lot of opinions out there about r/askdocs but it’s a small way to help people out there who are scared. People are suddenly thinking about their health all day and it’s showing in the number of health related posts on askdocs.
r/depression and r/suicidewatch are also a good place to help people but just a warning: I know every healthcare professional here knows the importance of maintaining your own mental health but these two subs are hard. It can be emotionally exhausting. But it is worth it. I do online suicide prevention when I have spare time and you can save lives. I have talked people into putting down loaded guns and gotten them to go to hospitals. Convinced one person to go to the ER after overdosing. Helped multiple people with phone anxiety contact their local suicide hotline via three way calls: they call me and I call the hotline with their permission. Most importantly- you can help the kids who feel their parents will not be supportive if they seek mental health care. If you do decide to help someone in this manner know that you may be commuting to a long term reddit relationship and if might be devastating if you stop messaging them back.
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