During the pandemic, fears of infection have understandably spiked in all of us. With many venues and workplaces reopening after two years, many people are less comfortable in public settings. Social distancing has changed the way we think about personal space, and this has triggered a new type of anxiety.
Our clinical director, Dr. Greta Hirsch, is consulted in this article on how to handle personal space anxiety as the world reopens. She suggests the use of gradual exposure treatment for people who are struggling with personal boundaries. “Before I would go to a sold-out concert that has maybe thousands of people in it, let me first kind of do a warm-up act, like a movie theater where not every seat is occupied,” Dr. Hirsch recommends.
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