Did the pandemic turn you into an Amazing Mammoth?

Published: March 22, 2021, 4:39 p.m.

A year into the coronavirus pandemic, more people than ever are dealing with poor mental health. The CDC and Mental Health America have recently released studies that show the significant, but not unexpected, rise in people experiencing anxiety and depression. Are you one of those people? Maybe you live or work with someone struggling with their mental health. 

In this first episode of Season 2, Ashley and Andrea talk about Amazing Mammoths and adjustment disorder. To refresh your memory, an Amazing Mammoth is a person having difficulty coping with or adjusting to a particular source of stress. This could stem from something straightforward like the loss of a job or a loved one or be more complicated, like trying to navigate a global pandemic. Regardless of the source, the external stressor causes the person to have symptoms similar to clinical depression. That includes inability to focus, having trouble completing tasks, isolating, and looking more disheveled. 

When we went to work and saw people on a regular basis, it was a little easier to tell when someone was withdrawing or having a tough time dealing with something because you saw it evolve over time. Once the world went virtual, our context clues disappeared making it harder to know who was struggling.

During this podcast, Ashley and Andrea teach you how to recognize an Amazing Mammoth and provide examples of how coworkers, businesses, and the C-suite checked in with each other while being virtual. They also talk about coping skills and how alcohol and online shopping seemed to fill a void for many people who lost their support systems. 

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