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How Do We Recover from a Year of Anxiety and Grief?

Jessica Hunt/NHPR

It’s been a year of anxiety and grief, and even the sense of a light at the end of the tunnel brings its own confusion. We explore the mental and physical health effects of the pandemic’s constant stress with clinical psychologist Christine Runyon. She explains how the last 14 months has disrupted our nervous system and how we can recover and adapt to new realities.
Airdate: Monday, May 24, 2021.


  • Christine Runyan is a clinical psychologist and professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She co-founded Tend Health, a clinical consulting practice focused on the mental well-being of health care practitioners.

The Atlantic's Ed Yong explored a similar topic in his article,What Happens When Americans Can Finally Exhale.

Languishing may be the dominant emotion in 2021, according to Adam Grant in the New York Times.

  • The state of N.H. can connect you to a mental health treatment provider; call 2-1-1.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255.

 In a March interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Dr. Christine Runyan says our ability to manage stress has shrunk but offers simple ways to recover some in peace in this pandemic.


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