It is important that health care workers find ways of managing their anxiety and stress, which can otherwise become overwhelming. Dr Awais Aftab shares his own experience during the pandemic.
It is important that health care workers find ways of managing their anxiety and stress, which can otherwise become overwhelming. Dr Awais Aftab shares his own experience during the pandemic. He says he responds to difficult times with humility and love for our fellow humans. He is reminded of the importance of social circumstances and economic inequalities, and he hopes we can translate some of the political consciousness that we have in social action.
Times of crisis offer an opportunity to reflect, for us to take a step back and assess our lives in the grand scheme of things. We think about what sort of future are we trying to create for ourselves and to what extent this future have intrinsic value. Says Dr Aftab, "The following have been my allies in this pandemic and I hope they can be allies for some of you as well:"
Dr Aftab is a psychiatrist in Cleveland, Ohio, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University. He is a member of the executive council of Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry and has been actively involved in initiatives to educate psychiatrists and trainees on the intersection of philosophy and psychiatry. He is also a member of the Psychiatric TimesTM Advisory Board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @awaisaftab. Dr Aftab started Conversations in Critical Psychiatry for Psychiatric Times,TM an interview series that explores critical and philosophical perspectives in psychiatry and engages with prominent commentators within and outside the profession who have made meaningful criticisms of the status quo.