The Redesigning Wellness Podcast

183: Managing Anxiety During COVID-19 with Dr. Richa Bhatia, MD

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The current COVID-19 health crisis has nearly everyone feeling some varying degree of anxiety. Today’s guest, Dr. Richa Bhatia, MD, board certified psychiatrist and American Psychiatric Association Fellow, is here to reassure us that anxiety during this time is completely normal, as lack of control and fear of the unknown are two of the biggest triggers to anxiety – the most common mental health condition among people.

In today’s episode, Dr. Bhatia defines anxiety and discusses why a crisis such as COVID-19 exacerbates it. She shares a plethora of tips for self management and anxiety reduction, including self care, mindfulness practices, exercise, and staying connected, as well as how to tell when you might need professional help to get it under control. 

Dr. Bhatia talks about what organizations can do to support their employees during this time of increased anxiety, and offers a tangible tip that HR and wellness professionals can put into action. Finally, she shares a host of resources for anyone wanting to learn more.

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Interview Highlights (with timestamps):
  • [7:57] Defining anxiety
  • [11:15] Anxiety as a result of the current COVID-19 crisis
  • [13:17] Tips for managing normal anxiety during the crisis
  • [18:58] Tips for people with clinical anxiety
  • [20:53] How to get a good night of sleep during high anxiety
  • [23:28] What organizations can do to support their employees during this anxious time
  • [25:18] Tangible tip for HR and wellness professionals to take action
  • [26:24] Resources
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Full Bio:

Richa Bhatia, MD is a dual Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult psychiatrist, and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Previously, she served as a faculty member in the departments of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Over the years, she has treated thousands of patients suffering from various psychiatric conditions. Her professional opinions have been quoted in CNBC, US News and World Report, AARP, Esperanza magazine, Medium, Refinery29 and other media. She has served in editorial roles such as Associate Editor for Current Psychiatry, and as Section Editor for Current Opinion in Psychiatry.

She has authored 2 books: ‘Demystifying Psychiatric Conditions and Treatments’ and ‘65 Answers about Psychiatric Conditions’, to spread awareness about psychiatric conditions. She has been awarded the Marian Butterfield award by the Association of Women Psychiatrists.