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Experts say reopening can lead to an increase in social anxiety

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ROCKFORD (WREX)— As the world begins to open, some people may experience an increase in anxiety.

This is because those who deal with things like social anxiety work and live better alone.

"There are some people with mental health issues that may be coming from an isolated situation where they may have been thriving," said Rosecrance Medical Director Dr. Raymon Garcia.

"Social anxiety is a real problem for people a lot of people. 7% of people are affected by social anxiety," said NAMI Northern Illinois Board Member Xavier Whitford.

Whitford adds that the removal of mask guidance and the virus still lingering around doesn't make it any better.

"Not everybody is vaccinated and not everybody is comfortable with going out in the community and there is still this fear of getting covid," said Whitford.

So what can these people do? The first thing is knowing just because guidances have changed, doesn't mean you have to change with them.

"It's definitely still safe to continue to wear masks and to practice social distancing. It's important for people to not feel pressured to suddenly make these changes overnight," said Dr. Garcia.

People should also be more kind to people who are not ready to go back out in the world.

"If you see somebody that is kinda keeping their distance or if you feel someone getting very agitated because of the social circumstances, having grace for that and understanding," said Whitford.

Lauren Baker

Lauren Baker is the 13 News weekend evening anchor. She started in April of 2019 after moving from Michigan, where she was a morning producer/traffic reporter.

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