David H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Founder/Director of the Center for Anxiety. Dr. Rosmarin’s clinical work and research have received media attention from ABC, NPR, Scientific American, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.
JP Katz is founder and Executive Director of Jewish PULSE of Boston, a premier social and educational hub for Jewish young professionals throughout Greater Boston. He is a regular contributor to TribeJournal.org, a video blog and digital magazine.
In the span of just a few days, our society has become completely unmoored, panic-stricken, and obsessed with fear. We check and re-check social media and news feeds that inundate and overwhelm us with information about COVID-19 (much of which is neither helpful nor accurate). We see images of supermarket lines are out the door and empty shelves triggering the stockpiling of household goods and supplies. And last week’s mass equity selloffs wrought more havoc on the markets than we’ve seen since 1987. In decades past, such extreme responses did not occur even during times of war. It’s not news that Americans tend to run anxious. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 20% of adults have an anxiety disorder each year. But it is novel to realize how vulnerable we are to outright madness.
We are joined by Dr. David H. Rosmarin for a brief presentation followed by an engaging discussion about how to manage anxiety in a challenging time.