Concerns and fears about being ill or contaminated, or infecting others can involve considerable distress as well as excessive washing, cleaning and avoiding everyday situations perceived to be dangerous.
With the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures there are reports of some distressful contamination fears in young people. It is common for those with such fears to seek reassurance and help from carers, relatives and friends. Carers offer front-line support and help but can also aggravate the situation by offering considerable assistance and over-assurance which can be counterproductive in the long-term.
Building on research and experience Dr Sharon Morein, Dr Debora Vasconcelos e Sa and Dr Dora Bernardes provide background information and useful tips.
You will also have an opportunity to ask the experts questions.
Dr Sharon Morein – Researcher and expert in mental health.
Dr Debora Vasconcelos e Sa – Chartered Clinical Psychologist and researcher with expertise in families/carers of people with mental health issues.
Dr Dora Bernardes - Registered and Chartered Clinical Psychologist specialised in working with children, young people and families.