Local 591 EAP / Member Assistance
Credit IAM EAP, LAP
June Edition 2020
Strategies to Cope with Corona Virus Anxiety
(Excerpts from Medical Xpress, March 10, 2020)
1. Practice tolerating uncertainty
Intolerance of uncertainty, which has been increasing in the U.S., makes people vulnerable to anxiety.
A study during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic showed that people who had a harder time accepting the uncertainty of the situation were more likely to experience elevated anxiety. The solution is to learn to gradually face uncertainty in daily life by easing back on certainty-seeking behaviors.
Start small: Don't text your friend immediately the next time you need an answer to a question. Go on a hike without planning, spontaneously find a new place to hike that you have never been too. As you build your tolerance-of-uncertainty muscle, work to reduce the number of times a day you look for updates on the outbreak.
2. Tackle the anxiety paradox
Anxiety rises proportionally to how much one tries to get rid of it. Or as Carl Jung put it, "What you resist persists." Struggling against anxiety can take many forms. People might try to distract themselves by drinking, eating or watching Netflix more than usual. They might repeatedly seek reassurance from friends, family or health experts. Or they might obsessively check news streams, hoping to calm their fears. Although these behaviors can help momentarily, they can make anxiety worse in the long run. Avoiding the experience of anxiety almost always backfires.
Accept anxiety as a part of human experience. When waves of coronavirus anxiety show up, notice
and describe the experience to yourself or others without judgment. Facing your anxiety in the moment will lead to less anxiety over time as you address your concerns one by one.
3. Transcend anxiety about death
Health threats trigger the fear that underlies all fears: fear of death. When faced with reminders of one's own mortality, people might become consumed with health anxiety and hyper focused on any signs of illness. Self- diagnosing signs and symptoms based on internet sources can be dangerous – ask a professional about your fears of illness.
4. Don't underestimate human resiliency
Many people fear how they will manage if the virus shows up in town, at work or at school. Research shows that people tend to overestimate how badly they'll be affected by negative events and underestimate how well they'll cope with and adjust to difficult situations. Be mindful that you are more resilient than you think. It can help deal with your anxiety.
5. Don't get sucked into overestimating the threat
Coronavirus can be dangerous, with an estimated 1.4% to 2.3% death rate. So, everyone should be serious about taking all the reasonable precautions against infection. To reduce anxiety, limit your exposure to coronavirus news. Anxiety makes everything seem more dire.
6. Strengthen self-care
Get adequate sleep, exercise regularly, practice mindfulness, employ relaxation techniques when stressed.
7. Seek professional help if you need it
People who are vulnerable to anxiety and related disorders might find the coronavirus epidemic particularly overwhelming. Consequently, they might experience anxiety symptoms that interfere with work, maintaining close relationships, socializing or taking care of themselves and others.
If this applies to you, please get professional help from your doctor or a mental health professional. Cognitive behavioral therapy and certain medications can successfully treat anxiety problems.
Common Methods of Treating Anxiety
(excerpts from Anxiety Treatments: Know Your Options, www.anxiety.org)
The treatment options listed below require the assistance of mental health or medical providers or other licensed professionals.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy: CBT focuses on identifying, understanding, and changing thinking and behavior patterns related to anxiety.
- Dialectical behavioral therapy: DBT is a specific type of CBT. The term "dialectics"
refers to a philosophical practice of examining multiple or often contradictory ideas, combining acceptance and change simultaneously. DBT places an emphasis on mindfulness, enabling people to recognize and attempt to understand thoughts as they occur.
- Group Therapy: Normalizing an individual's experience by relating to others who are having similar experiences. Peer support groups offer an opportunity to share experiences. In addition to fostering relationships between people with similar struggles, participating in a support group validates the shared experience of anxiety. A process group may be a good fit for people with social anxiety or generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). The theory behind these groups is that, as you develop friendships with others in the group, over time the sources of anxiety will emerge and can be addressed.
- Hypnosis: Hypnotherapists may be doctors, therapists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, or other licensed professionals. Hypnosis 7 helps people achieve a very relaxed state through breathing, guided imagery, or muscle-relaxing techniques and make them more amenable to suggestions. The hypnotherapist may use imagery or simple verbal suggestions to reduce the severity of anxiety symptoms. Some people may see positive results after one or two sessions. If hypnosis shows promising results, a hypnotherapist may also teach ways to practice self-hypnosis.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30329-4027
1-800- CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) https://www .cdc.gov
World Health Organization
Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization
525 23rd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
202-974-3000 http://www .who.int/en
June Monthly Observances
Benefits and you
How the Prescription Drug Benefit Works
Prescription drug coverage is based upon a formulary. The amount of Co-Insurance you pay under the STANDARD, HIGH COST COVERAGE and OUT-OF-AREA Medical Benefit Options is based upon whether the medication is a generic drug, a preferred brand drug or a non- preferred brand drug.
Generic drugs are drugs that are chemically and therapeutically equivalent to the corresponding brand name drug, but cost less.
Preferred brand name drugs are Express Scripts formulary drugs.
Non-preferred are brand names that are Express Scripts non-formulary. They have
preferred alternatives (either generic or brand) that are in the Express Scripts formulary.
Express Scripts (ESI) is the Prescription drug vendor for the CORE, STANDARD, HIGH COST COVERAGE, and OUT-OF-AREA Medical Benefit Options. Drugs prescribed by a Physician or Dentist may be purchased either at retail pharmacies or through the Mail Order Prescription Drug benefit. Express Scripts has a broad Network of pharmacies throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To request a list of participating pharmacies, visit the Express Scripts website or call them at 1-800-988- 4125.
The Plan has adopted guidelines for prescription drug coverage that were developed by Express Scripts. Information regarding the applicable guidelines for the requested prescription drug may be obtained from Express Scripts.
For the STANDARD, HIGH COST COVERAGE, and OUT-OF-AREA Medical Benefit Options, prescription drugs are payable before you’ve met your Deductible. For the CORE Medical Benefit Option, you must meet your Deductible before prescription drugs are payable.
Please note that for the STANDARD, HIGH COST COVERAGE, and OUT-OF-AREA Medical Benefit Options, if you select a brand name drug when a generic is available, you will pay the generic Co-Insurance plus the cost difference between generic and brand name prices.
For the CORE Medical Benefit Option, if you select a brand name drug when a generic is available and you have not yet met your Deductible, you will pay the cost of the generic drug plus the cost difference between generic and brand name. If you select a brand name drug when a generic is available and you have met your Deductible, you will pay generic Co-Insurance plus the cost difference between generic and brand name.
As Stated before with the aging workforce and the threat of death from the covid-19 please be prepared for an unfortunate and untimely death, for the EAP/MAP team to assist your beneficiary in an effective and timely way please complete the Bereavement Checklists available on Local591.com EAP/MAP link.
Local 591 EAP / Member Assistance Representatives
Ken Morse- (815) 483-8585 - firstname.lastname@example.org
National EAP and Benefits–Member Assistance Program Coordinator
Hector Posa- (815) 323-9648 ORD MLS EAP-Member Assistance Peer
Mark Smejkal- (847)757-1954- ORD EAP-Member Assistance Peer
Tony Lepore- (940) 536-8817- email@example.com
National Benefits and EAP-Member Assistance Coordinator
Danny Wilson-(631) 334-0933- firstname.lastname@example.org
Northeast Region Member Assistance Program EAP and Benefits Coordinator
Rawle Skeet- (954) 559-7505- email@example.com
Southeast Region Member Assistance Program EAP and Benefits Coordinator
Phil Revollo- (954) 665-7383 MIA EAP-Member Assistance Peer
Sean Bruno- (310) firstname.lastname@example.org
West Region Member Assistance Program EAP and Benefits Coordinator
Edwin Joseph- (310) 709-4755- email@example.com
West Region Member Assistance Program EAP and Benefits peer Coordinator
John Hadaway- (817) 637-8075- J.firstname.lastname@example.org
Southwest Region Member Assistance Program (Terminal) EAP and Benefits Coordinator
David San Miguel- (817) 875-5808- D.email@example.com
Southwest Region Member Assistance Program (Hangar) EAP and Benefits Coordinator
David Emerline- (469) 408-8197- EEMERLINEE07@YAHOO.COM
Southwest Region Member Assistance Program (MLS) EAP and Benefits Peer Coordinator
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