Can Face Masks Contribute To Mental Health Concerns?

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — We have been told for months to wear a mask to slow the spread of COVID-19. But that simple act can be distressing for some people.

“Having to wear a mask all day can certainly be different and anxiety-provoking,”President and CEO of BestSelf Behavioral Health Elizabeth Woike-Ganga said. “It may trigger some type of bad memories and certainly it’s not ideal.”

Woike-Ganga said these masks could be a trigger for people who were already dealing with mental health concerns.

“Certainly, if people have an anxiety or a panic kind of disorder, or sometimes they find it difficult to catch their breath as part of their anxiety, the masks can also certainly, contribute to that,” she said.

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