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Keeping your mental health sharp during a prolonged quarantine

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When the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, many of us thought a quick economic shutdown with health and safety guidelines in place would have been enough to defeat the virus and ensure a normal life once again.

Boy, were we wrong.

The pandemic has now reached six months, leaving many to wonder how long it will take to approve an effective vaccine or get a handle on the number of cases that steadily increased in Kitsap County through July.

With uncertainty all around us, many people are still stuck at home quarantining, out of work, and trying to figure out the best way to make the most of this situation while keeping our sanity.

Identifying the symptoms

The mental health conundrums caused by the crisis can vary in the symptoms that are shown, said Dr. Britt Gounselin of Bainbridge Mental Health, PLLC.

In order to see the symptoms others could be showing, she said you need to know how to identify the signs, which can be difficult.

Bainbridge preparesGounselin is part of the Psychological First Aid team called Bainbridge Prepares, an educational nonprofit that works with the city and fire department.

The team leads training for citizens that encourages emotional support to friends, family […]

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